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Columbus has a slowing appetite for annexation

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The Dispatch wrote Columbus still has an appetite for annexation, but it’s swallowing up land much slower lately

Monday, February 4, 2008

BY DEBBIE GEBOLYS

Columbus used to grow like a weed. But lately, its suburbs are more likely to be broadening their borders.

In Franklin County last year, Columbus added 111 acres while Hilliard added 125 and Obetz tacked on 174 for a Columbus Regional Airport Authority industrial park.

Columbus has been praised for its growth policy, started by Mayor M.E. Sensenbrenner, who was first elected in 1954. It uses its control of water and sewer services to limit suburban growth that could landlock the city.

Does pulling back on annexation mean dark days ahead?

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