In 2015, the Arkansas General Assembly passed legislation providing that a lake or river can serve as the “fourth side” along with existing city limits to enclave unincorporated county lands for the purpose of municipal annexation. Logical municipal boundaries enable cost-efficient service delivery for both the city and county governments.
It is intended that eventually all land that lies between Hot Springs city limits south to Lakes Hamilton and Catherine will be annexed into the city. In many cases annexation is initiated by property owners wishing to develop their land. In some instances (enclaves or “islands”), the city may initiate annexation. In such cases, the city drafts an annexation ordinance which sets forth a schedule for providing services.
The Hot Springs Board of Directors will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 in the Board Chambers at City Hall, 133 Convention Boulevard, to hear the public’s views on the proposed annexation.
Following the public hearing, the board may vote at its next regular meeting (December 20, 2016) or thereafter. If, after hearing public testimony, a majority of the Board approves annexation, city services including Sanitation, Fire and Police protection will be provided as detailed in an annexation ordinance.
Questions about procedures or schedule can be directed to Planning & Development Director Kathy Sellman, (501) 321-6855.