Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

City Won't Push to Expand; Lets Property Owners Ask It Provides No Water, Sewer outside Its Limits; Subdivision Is Exception

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

City Won't Push to Expand; Lets Property Owners Ask It Provides No Water, Sewer outside Its Limits; Subdivision Is Exception

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Pacific has no plan to seek voters' approval for annexations, says City Administrator John Openlander. It plans to grow a parcel at a time as property owners ask Pacific to take them in, he says.

Pacific wields a big stick that encourages property-by-property annexation because it does not provide water and sewer service outside its limits. A developer needs to enter Pacific to bring those services to his subdivision. Sometimes adjacent residents who lack these services become part of Pacific to get them.

The only exception to its water-and-sewer policy is Orchard Estates, a subdivision off Highway N at the southwest edge of Pacific. The subdivision was annexed in April 1995, but an appeals court removed it last May after Pacific installed water and sewer lines, Openlander says. Pacific is mainly in Franklin County. A very small portion is in St. Louis County. It also touches Jefferson County at the Meramec River. Pacific is in the process of annexing about two acres at the end of Monroe Street in Franklin County. …

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