WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - In April a proposed annexation map was presented to West Lafayette city council. The map included many residential areas, but after talking to a number of neighborhood associations and residents mayor John Dennis said plans have changed.
Dennis said from the beginning he wanted the voice of the people living in the areas considered for annexation to be heard.
"They have been very, very vocal about how it's just not what they want right now," Dennis said. "Again, I think I need to stress that this is going to be our annexation proposal for now. I think it's incumbent of us to prove, like a gentleman said at the council meeting, that we can be a good neighbor."
The new plan cuts seven neighborhoods from the annexation include the The Greens, Green Meadows, Huntington Farms, McQuinn Estates, The Orchards, Sherwood Forest, and Wake Robin. Many at the meeting said it's what they were hoping for.
"He wanted to listen to the people and did not want to force people into something that they did not want and he has held his word true," Wabash Township trustee Julie Byers said.
"He took what they had to say to heart," city council member Vicki Burch said. "He's a reasonable guy and I think he did the right thing. There's no doubt in my mind."
Wabash Township Trustee Julie Byers said the new plan also benefits the Wabash Township volunteer fire department.
"We rely on that small portion that our residents pay for us to not only provide a service but so we can have up-to-date equipment, keep our equipment maintained," Byers said.
Purdue University and the new U.S.231 corridor are the heart of the new annexation plan. Dennis said focusing in on those two areas will help drive economic development.
"Now we're looking at something that's going to be practical, leaner, more directed toward economic development and it's going to be a great opportunity for us, Purdue University and all of our futures," Dennis said.
Sugar Hill subdivision is still included in the annexation. Dennis said it's still included because it is surrounded by Purdue University.
The revised map will be presented to city council for consideration later this month.
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