By Nick Labadie for Rose Law Group Reporter
Negotiations began a few years ago for the sale of the 11,447-acre Mesa Water Farm property in Pinal County, which was ultimately purchased by Pinal Land Holdings in 2012, indicating it desired to be a part of Coolidge.
A major milestone was crossed Feb. 9 with the approval of a pre-annexation development agreement and planned area development rezoning. The Coolidge City Council voted 5-1 for the annexation and rezoning.
Known as Mesa I and Mesa II because a large portion of the land previously owned by Mesa, the annexations were first brought before the city council back in March. The Mesa land is now owned by Pinal Land Holdings,
There are only four residential units on each of the Mesa I and Mesa II areas, with no non-residential structures on either.
The property, made up almost all the nearly 13 square miles, might be the largest annexation in the history of Coolidge and is one of the largest in the state.
The annexation is important in many ways for the city. It helps define where the lines will ultimately be drawn among Coolidge, Casa Grande and Eloy. It also brings the city limits to within five miles of Interstate 10, which will put the city in the running for many more economic development opportunities.
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