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Gretna annexation plan unanimously approved by City Council

Gretna unanimously approves annexation plan
Posted at 7:45 PM, Nov 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-21 23:43:54-05

Gretna City Council members have unanimously approved the city's annexation plan, released last month.

The annexation plan is part of the Gretna's comprehensive plan to grow its city. The plan will allow the city to extend city limits by nearly 3,000 acres, almost doubling the city's land area.

The areas included in part of the annexation plan includes Sapp Brothers, Green Acres, and Vala's Pumpkin Patch, as well as residential areas. The plan is expected to add at at least 2,800 people.

Mayor Jim Timmerman spoke in support of the plan at tonight's meeting, calling the move "a win for the city." He said the move will bring in more business for the city and will allow Gretna to protect its borders.

"We are trying to be transparent. This isn't something that should divide us," Timmerman told residents who attended Tuesday's city council meeting. 

Last month, the Sarpy County Attorney's office filed a lawsuit against the city's annexation plan, saying it was illegal because it includes land that does not qualify to be annexed.

Gretna's city attorney, Jeff Miller argued the land proposed was in urban-suburban character. 

The county dropped the lawsuit weeks later, after city council introduced amendment to the proposal.

Neighboring Papillion also released annexation plans last month.