The town of Leland has started the process of potentially annexing more than 200 acres zoned for industrial use in what is now being marketed as the Leland Innovation Park.
WCM Enterprises LLC, the landowner, has submitted a voluntary annexation petition for about 220 acres of industrial land, made up of three different parcels (shown above), said Gary Vidmar, the town’s economic and community development director.
The first step in the annexation process was taken in May when Leland town council directed staff to review the petition and application for the annexation. Those pieces are now under review by town staff, Vidmar said.
Further details about the proposed annexation are anticipated to be released at the June 18 Leland Town Council meeting, Vidmar said. That’s when staff plans to bring the proposal back to the council to review the certificate of sufficiency, which would include the staff’s review of the petition.
The certificate will then go to the planning board for review this month to make a recommendation to be presented to the town council in July, when officials could hold a public hearing and make a decision on the property, he said.
This is the first significant opportunity to get a large piece of industrial land in town limits, Vidmar said.
“Although we didn’t, up until now, necessarily have a priority on annexing land in the park, we have always made it clear that, if any landowners were to come to us with any proposed voluntary annexation, then we would consider it,” he said.