The Provo council quickly turned down an annexation request this week, after its attorneys decided approving it would violate state law.
A group of property owners in the area between 5000 and 5500 North and east of Canyon Road petitioned the city to annex several months ago. The problem with the 210-acre annexation was that there was one property owner in the area who wasn’t interested. Excluding that area and annexing the rest would have created an island of unincorporated property, which state law does not allow.
The council unanimously denied the request.
In April, the council told the group of property owners who wanted to annex that they could have up to six months to work with the city council’s staff on a solution to the island problem and also on an annexation agreement with the city.
Ryan Harvey, the council’s policy analyst, said after reviewing the petition and state law, staff couldn’t find a variation of annexing the property that wouldn’t create an island.
Provo Councilman Hal Miller said the annexation proposal is now back in the hands of the property owners, who can re-petition the city with a suitable petition, meaning one that doesn’t create an island.
The area in question is mostly farmland now, but if it were annexed property owners would likely sell to developers.