Surprise City Council approves controversial annexation, rezoning

By Jason Stone |

To Surprise City Councilman Patrick Duffy, voting to annex 1,180 acres of county land and rezone it for two major housing developments was an obvious choice.

“The developments will happen,” Mr. Duffy said on June 18 as the city council weighed one of its most consequential votes of the year. “The residents are asking us to take care of them. Under the circumstances, this is the best way to do it.”

Surprise Mayor Skip Hall and the five other councilmembers agreed with Mr. Duffy and voted to unanimously grow the city by nearly two square miles, despite continued protests by some vocal nearby residents.


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