NEWMAN - The fate of a proposed 121-acre annexation of land earmarked primarily for commercial and business park uses rests in the hands of registered voters within the affected area.
Stanislaus County Registrar of Voters Donna Linder advised Mattos Newspapers Thursday that there are currently 47 active voters eligible to vote on the measure.
The proposed annexation represents the first phase of the planned Northwest Newman project, a roughly 360-acre mixed plan that includes commercial, business park, residential and other land uses.
The proposed annexation area is west of Highway 33 from the northern city limits to Stuhr Road. The affected area extends slightly past Fig Lane to the west.
The Stanislaus Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) approved the annexation in October, but a sufficient number of protests were lodged by registered voters within the area to require the current election.
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