Leland lands big industrial annexation request, marking achievement for town’s economic development efforts – Port City Daily

Leland lands big industrial annexation request, marking achievement for town’s economic development efforts – Port City Daily


WCM Enterprises has submitted a voluntary annexation petition to the Town of Leland for nearly 220 acres located in the recently renamed Leland Innovation Park, marking a significant achievement for the town. (Port City Daily map/Courtesy Town of Leland)
WCM Enterprises has submitted a voluntary annexation petition to the Town of Leland for nearly 220 acres located in the recently renamed Leland Innovation Park, marking a significant achievement for the town. (Port City Daily map/Courtesy Town of Leland)

LELAND — The Town of Leland has received a voluntary annexation petition that has enormous economic development potential.

The petition covers nearly 220 acres, roughly a third of the land in the Leland Innovation Park. Despite the name, the park currently sits outside the town’s corporate limits — but the annexation could give Leland a major foothold in the park, an economic victory for the town, even if no one immediately builds on the land.

Related: The Leland Hub, Leland’s first foothold in the industrial park, to bring ‘innovation’ to ‘industry’

Thursday, Leland Town Council voted to authorize the town clerk to review a voluntary annexation petition from WCM Enterprises, LLC.

Just two small areas in Leland are currently zoned industrial in Leland’s C-3 Commercial Trucking District: one 8.4-acre area off Division Drive and one 3-acre parcel within the industrial park. Upon accepting the 220-acre area in the park, the town will create a new industrial
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