Within two weeks, the boundaries of League City, one of the fastest growing cities in the region, could expand further.

The city council conducted its first ordinance readings Tuesday to annex 63.1 acres of land north of the Mar Bella subdivision and 8.53 acres of frontage along Lawrence Road. The council unanimously approved both.

Both sit within the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction and lay alongside the city limits, Planning and Development Director Paul Menzies said. The city would likely use the land near Mar Bella for commercial development. Regulating how the property develops is important, because it is adjacent to a subdivision where city residents already live, he said.

The city has an agreement with the county to annex the portion along Lawrence Road, Menzies said. Many city residents already use it, but because the land is outside city limits, the area’s oversight is uneven, he said.

“It makes it hard for the county to deliver service,” he said.

The council conducted its second public hearing for both unincorporated county areas Feb. 9. Harold Palmer, who lives in the 2100 block of Lawrence Road, delivered the only comments during the hearings. He and wife Judy Palmer bought land along the road in 1993 and built their house on the property in 2000.

Palmer requested that should the council approve annexing the area, council members consider increasing police presence in the area to improve driver safety with the road’s increased congestion.

Clear Falls High School, a school within the Clear Creek Independent School District, opened in the area in 2010. The school’s presence has brought higher traffic along Lawrence Road, Palmer said.

“When you see law enforcement, you’re going to be deterred from doing something wrong,” he said.

The council will hold the second ordinance readings for both areas on March 22. State law requires two readings before the council can authorize the annexations. If the council approves the next readings, both territories would be adopted into the city limits, Menzies said.

Contact reporter Joseph Baucum at 409-683-5237 or joseph.baucum@galvnews.com. Follow him on Twitter @baucum_joseph.


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