CUMBERLAND — Town officials are moving forward with what they say could be a new economic development horizon for Cumberland.
A public hearing on a 182-acre eastward annexation plan Wednesday yielded only positive comments, sending the plan forward to final approval March 26.
“The only people we’ve talked to are in support of this,” said Andrew Klinger, Cumberland town manager.
Klinger said town officials hope new retail or restaurant developments would locate on the east side of town. If the land is within Cumberland limits, he said, town officials can specify zoning regulations to bring in quality development.
“The development standards in Cumberland are going to be better than the development standards they have now,” Klinger said.
The plan expands the town mostly south of U.S. 40, from CR 800W to CR 700W, across the road from the Cumberland Heights and Glen Oaks Village neighborhoods, which are already inside town limits.
The annexation plan is involuntary, meaning it was initiated by the city and not with the consent of property owners. But the plan only affects 28 residents in roughly 50 single-family homes. There’s also 10,000 square feet of commercial property in the area.
The land is currently all zoned commercial, but most of it – 125 acres – is used for agriculture.
The council unanimously adopted a fiscal plan in December.