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LP eyeing W. Interlake properties for annexation

LAKE PLACID - The Town of Lake Placid is looking westward for growth with plans to annex 18 properties near West Interlake Boulevard.

The town is in the process of annexing 18 properties owned by 11 different property owners, according to Monday's town council meeting agenda

A map of the proposed annexation properties shows most of the properties are located on the south side of West Interlake Boulevard and two small properties are located north of West Interlake.

The property owners include: Lake June Realty, Inc, Smoak Groves, Inc., Happiness Farms, Inc. Jose Rafael Ibanez and Valerie Nancy Ibanez.

In a letter to the council and mayor, Town Planing and Zoning Official Mark Hill and Town Planner Susan BuChans stated that at some point after the annexation of a property, the property owner may desire rezoning and/or a land use plan change for their properties.

Four options are proposed including: maintaining county land use and zoning; and adopting town land use and rezoning to a planned development district.

Mayor John Holbrook said the town is looking at different areas to annex, especially with the effort to create a community redevelopment agency.

"We want to try and include everything that we can and get everybody who wants to get annexed into town and see if we can incorporate it into that [CRA]," he said.

There is no annexation ordinance on Monday's agenda.

Holbrook noted it will be discussed Monday just to make sure everybody is on board with the annexation plan and to determine the best way to do it.

He noted the town is also looking to the north and south for properties to annex for possible inclusion in the proposed CRA.

"It's really getting more involved every day as people realize what we want to do and they are wanting to get on board with it," Holbrook said.

Councilwoman Debra Worley supports the West Interlake Boulevard annexation effort.

"I think that is the corridor that we should annex in, if they are willing to do that," she said. The properties have been nearly surrounded by the town's annexations.

The Lake Placid Town Council meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m., Monday in the Town Hall at 311 W. Interlake Boulevard.