Jeremy's Notebook

The Land Plan

January 18, 2013

On the other side of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, the Pensacola City Council will be considering annexing and acquiring a number of properties. The voluntary annexations are city-county boarder properties, whose owners are looking to step into the city. The acquisitions involve parcels relevant to the airport master plan.

There are ten properties being considered for voluntary annexation. Mayor Ashton Hayward has been encouraging voluntary annexation, which addresses erratic boundaries and also adds to the city’s ad valorem base.

The ten properties being considered for annexation total 9.4 acres. If annexed, the city would increase its revenue by $2,046.40—$1,382.68 in property taxes and $663.72 in stormwater fees. In July of last year, the city annexed 31 parcels.

The property acquisitions pertain to the Airport Commerce Park. The city is considering purchasing two residential parcels and one commercial parcel. The parcels currently float in a sea of previously-acquired properties.

The estimated price tags on the residential properties are $113,860.43 and $214,334.93, respectively. The commercial parcel is estimated at $241,650.68.

The total estimated cost of the three properties comes in at $569,846.04. A land acquisition grant form the Florida Department of Transportation covers a bulk of the cost, with the remaining $142,461.51 coming out of the airport capital improvement account.

The 2000 Airport Master Plan identified 65 acres of property adjacent to the northwest quadrant of the airport for future acquisition and development. From August 2006 to January 2013, the city has approved the purchase of 54 residential and 22 commercial parcels.

The Pensacola City Council’s Committee of the Whole is scheduled for Jan. 22, 3:15 p.m., at Pensacola City Hall.

  • Eric January 19, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Unless you have other information that you haven’t established this can’t be the mayor taking credit for anything, because the article specifically says the city council is addressing this, right? It specifically says the mayor is simply encouraging the scenario that everyone already agrees is the best way to do it, and it specifically outlined the timeline that this has taken place, very specifically 2006, before the Mayor was Mayor. The facts are there Wayne, we don’t need whatever it id you’re on about.

    Most people agree that more comprehensive annexation needs to be implemented, it’s not a political reality right now. Can you just be happy that we’re doing constructive things downtown for the first time? Jesus.

    I’ve been out of town for much of the last ten years and have literally seen dozens of more miserable cities with less miserable people.

  • wayne January 18, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Thats good the city is annexing property it owns or will be purchasing soon. Then how much tax will be coming in after the purchases are complete. 000.00 This is the mayor taking credit for something that has been in the works for years. Now when he brins all the other properties on 9th ave. to Olive and squares offthe city in other areas then he can bow his chest out and say look at me.