The Hot Springs Board of Directors will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 20 in the Board Chambers at City Hall, 133 Convention Boulevard, to hear the public’s views on the proposed Area A Enclave annexation (map attached). Interested individuals are welcome to attend.
After hearing public testimony, the board may vote on the proposed annexation at its next regular meeting on November 3, 2015 or thereafter. If a majority of the board approves annexation, city services including sanitation, fire and police protection will be provided as detailed in an annexation ordinance.
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 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. Title 17, the portion of the Hot Springs Code of Ordinances that pertains to public health and property, will not be enforced during the first year after annexation is implemented. Permits will be required, and inspections done, without charge during the first two years. Existing lawful uses will be grandfathered. Questions about procedures or schedule can be directed to Planning & Development Director Kathy Sellman, (501) 321-6855; or visit http://www.cityhs.net/annex