Bumping borders

Some expansions lead to conflicts between cities

Posted: October 22, 2017 at 1 a.m.

James Simpson of Bentonville speaks Wednesday as he prepares to cut grass in a field on his property on Scoggins Road in Cave Springs. Simpson is a fourth-generation farmer whose family owns property in Benton County, Cave Springs, Rogers and Bentonville and has land which is involved in an annexation debate.

Dueling claims between Bentonville and Rogers to annex the same tract of land has gone to court, but many cities in the region are quietly expanding boundaries.

"Booming Benton County"

"Washington County annexations"

Roofers repair shingles Oct. 11 on a house under construction in the Scissortail development west of Arkansas 112 in Rogers

Methods of annexation under Arkansas law

1 city Election doing : Residents the annexing of the and of the area to be annexed vote in an election scheduled by the annexing city. The most votes overall decides if the annexation goes through.

2 completely Ordinance: surrounds If a city an unincorporated area, its governing body may annex the area by ordinance. Other laws on the books now prevent cities from creating new “islands” by surrounding unincorporated areas.

3 cent Petition of the : When landowners 100 per-with clear title to 100 percent of the acreage to be annexed petition to come into a city, the city’s governing body can accept the request by ordinance.

4 of Majority landowners : When with a majority title to a majority of the land to be annexed petitions for annexation, the proposed annexation is put through a waiting period of 30 days. During that time, any interested party can challenge the annexation in circuit court.

Source: Northwest Arkansas

Regional Planning Commission

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