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Right-sizing continues with two proposed areas
Right-sizing continues with two proposed de-annexation areas
Posted on 07/09/2018
In keeping with his ongoing work to right-size Memphis, Mayor Jim Strickland will present to the Memphis City Council this month a proposal to de-annex the Southwind/Windyke and Rocky Point areas of far eastern Memphis.

“As we look to a thriving third century, it’s important to increase our density so we can better deliver services,” Mayor Strickland said. “By right-sizing Memphis, we’re making significant steps toward a more efficient City government. This has been a locally-controlled, data-driven process from the start, and we continue to keep our word about what we’ll do.

“Memphis may well be the first city in the country to voluntarily explore and propose de-annexation. For too long, Memphis grew only by annexation. We must change that, and we must grow from our core and our neighborhoods. Right-sizing our city by this process helps us do that.”

These two areas are among seven that were identified by the Strategic Footprint Review Task Force in 2017 as potential candidates for de-annexation. In June, the City Council approved the de-annexation of the first two areas — Riverbottoms and Eads. An area identified in Frayser and an area identified in Raleigh will not proceed with de-annexation. A seventh area, South Cordova, remains intended for de-annexation in a future phase.

Proposed Southwind/Windyke de-annexation area:

Southwind area

Proposed Rocky Point de-annexation area:

Rocky Point

The ordinance is sponsored by District 1 City Council member Bill Morrison, who chaired the Strategic Footprint Review Task Force, with support of District 2 City Council member Frank Colvett Jr. It is anticipated to be presented to a Council committee on July 24. That begins the process by which it needs three majority votes by the full Council to be approved.

The Strategic Footprint Review Task Force and the administration focused on areas for potential de-annexation that were low density, were challenging to deliver municipal services, and specifically asked for de-annexation.

The proposed date of de-annexation for the areas is Jan. 1, 2021. Following the de-annexation, property owners in the areas would be required to pay toward debt on City capital projects in those areas. That term of debt repayment would last from two to five years, depending on the area.

Strickland praised the cooperation of state legislators, including Rep. Mark White, whose district includes the Windyke and Southwind areas.

“From the start of this conversation, I’ve worked closely with Mayor Strickland and his staff to ensure that what happens is in the best interest of my constituents,” Rep. White said. “This proposal accomplishes two things: 1) it allows for the de-annexation of areas in keeping with citizens’ wishes and 2) it helps the long-term health of Memphis. I appreciate Mayor Strickland and the City of Memphis for working to accomplish what the citizens of these communities have long wanted.”

Said state Rep. Dwayne Thompson, whose district includes the Rocky Point (current proposal) and South Cordova (future phase) de-annexation areas: “I appreciate working with Mayor Strickland, Rep. White, and the City on this phase and am eager for the discussions on the next phase, which includes South Cordova.”

Said state Sen. Brian Kelsey, who represents the areas in the Senate: "This ordinance is an important step for the residents of Southwind, Windyke, and Rocky Point in our continuing efforts for de-annexation. I fully support the City of Memphis in this decision."

Note: A previous version of this story indicated the ordinance would be presented tomorrow (July 10). Due to scheduling conflicts, that presentation is now anticipated for the July 24 council meeting.
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