MARTINEZ -- The city on Wednesday delayed a hearing on its plan to annex part of the Alhambra Valley, to allow staff more time to determine how many residents will be allowed to contest the proposal.
The Contra Costa Local Agency Formation Commission, or LAFCO, public hearing has been rescheduled for Sept. 12.
Martinez leaders want to annex 139 parcels spread across nearly 400 acres in the valley.
At issue are the agreements homeowners or developers signed stipulating they would not protest annexation, done in return for receiving water service from the city. Martinez has 83 signed deferred annexation agreements, according to Alan Shear, assistant city manager. But the city is unsure how many of those agreements were signed by homeowners and how many the developers of the Stonehurst and Alhambra Valley Ranch subdivisions signed.
If the original homeowner signed a deferred annexation agreement, subsequent property owners are bound by the agreement, Shear said. Until early this week, city staff also believed that homeowners were bound by agreements signed by the developer. Now they're not so sure.
"Instead of plowing forward on this, it seemed a little more prudent to ask for a continuance," Shear said.
Annexation opponents say the city only has 23 agreements signed by homeowners. Opponents believe the other 60 should be allowed to file a protest and vote if the city is forced to call an election. If 58 homeowners file
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