Glendale unsure whether to annex property

(From left to right) Councilmember Ian Hugh, Cactus District; Councilmember Ray Malnar, Sahuaro District; Councilmember Joyce Clark, Yucca District; Mayor Jerry Weiers; Vice Mayor Lauren Tolmachoff, Cholla District; Councilmember Jamie Aldama, Ocotillo District; Councilmember Bart Turner, Barrel District. / City of Glendale

By Mark Carlisle | Glendale Independent

Glendale City Council is considering whether to annex an 865-acre property that would be the city’s second-largest addition in 25 years, but several on Council have reservations about proposed plans for the property.

Glendale has already annexed 417 acres of property and if it continues plans with four properties going through the annexation process, that number will rise to 763 acres. But the 865-acre Allen Ranches property, which is west of Loop 303, bordered by Bethany Home Road to the north and Camelback Road to the south, would more than double that total to 1,628 acres or more than two and a half square miles.

Nearly all of the newly-annexed property or property under consideration for annexation is in Glendale’s “New Frontier” near the Loop 303. The 1,337-acre annexation added in 2017 for the Woolf Logistics Industrial Campus, east of Reems Road on either side of Olive Avenue, is the only property Glendale’s added since 1995 larger than the Allen Ranches property.

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