OXFORD – Oxford may fill in a pocket in its path of growth later this year if a proposed annexation goes through.
Aldermen voted Tuesday to annex about 160 acres south of where the new Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi is being built. Only “four or five” people live on the block of land, City Attorney Pope Malette said, but it will likely see new development after the hospital’s targeted completion in 2016. He assured the mayor and aldermen that the property meets all 12 criteria of reasonableness that Mississippi case law has established for annexations.
Among other changes, the annexation would enable the city to build another connector road between Old Taylor Road and Lamar Boulevard. Malette said he expects a court date by early November.
A landowner petition to have the hospital site itself included in the city was approved in Chancery Court earlier this year, but the Mississippi State Supreme Court has yet to rule on an appeal filed by an opposing developer. If that original inclusion is overturned, aldermen will likely apply to annex the hospital site by customary processes.