LAFCO mulls Chapmantown, Mulberry options

Dec 3, 2014 4:58 PM by News Staff

Two weeks after the Chico City Council put a halt to years of effort to annex the Chapmantown and Mulberry neighborhoods, the agency that oversees annexations in Butte County is considering its options, including taking Chico to court.

The agency, known as LAFCO, oversees orderly growth as cities grow, but after the city of Chico's recent decision not to act on a long term annexation plan for the unincorporated Chapmantown and Mulberry neighborhoods, officials are trying to figure out what to do next.

Annexation of these areas has been long discussed for a variety of reasons, including a state-mandated order to get the neighborhoods hooked up to city sewer services because of ongoing groundwater pollution by the hundreds of existing household septic systems.

Some city council members argue that the city does not have the resources to properly serve those areas and quite a few Mulberry and Chapmantown residents don't want to be a part of the city.

Among LAFCO's options, according to a staff report, are taking the city to court or enacting a moratorium on all Chico annexations until the Mulberry and Chapmantown issues are resolved.

A meeting has been scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday in the Butte County Supervisors Chambers.


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