WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - West Lafayette city leaders said they hope to have a second reading on the proposed West Lafayette annexation at the end of November. The proposed annexation map could have some changes made to it by then.
For now, there are no specific changes being mentioned. But West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis (R) said it's time to get out and see what the affected people want and need.
As News 18 has previously reported, city officials want to annex a large piece of territory where the new U.S. 231 is being built, hoping to drive economic success along that corridor. The annexation would include Purdue University and a large part of Wabash Township in Tippecanoe County. It would add nearly 7,000 residents to West Lafayette.
Dennis said right now, the city is asking those residents for as much feedback as possible. He said the drawing of the original map was based on service areas, Purdue, and making sure the city would generate enough revenue to be able to pay for the services required for the annexation. He said once city leaders get a better understanding of the impact on property owners, they will make a decision on how to modify the map.
"You look at certain areas and you realize, well, OK, they're adamantly opposed to being in, so we'll have to look at that and see if we can make an adjustment there. With businesses, with neighborhoods, the whole thing, that's why we're going out on this listening tour," said Dennis.
Dennis said when the agenda is posted for that second reading, the new map will be revealed and that's what council will be voting on.
After the second vote, there will be a 90-day remonstrance period. If 65 percent of landowners oppose the annexation, it would go before a judge.
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