CHICO, Calif. - The city of Chico may soon grow in size with an annexation plan now in the works.
It's a proposed outline that the Chico City Council has requested to be approved for future annexation.
These three areas highlighted in pink would fall into what's called the"sphere of influence."
The Doe Mill/Honey Run planning area, the North Chico planning area, and the Bell/Muir planning area.
The North Chico and Bell/Muir planning area already have scattered residential development.
This is the first time the city has proposed a plan to expand their boundaries since 1985, and all of this needs to be approved by LAFCO, the Butte Local Agency Formation Commission.
LAFCO's Executive Officer, Steve Lucas, said the commission will vote on this issue Thursday, but first will consider the level of services the city currently provides, and will have to provide with the expansion.
Chico's population is expected to increase by 15,000 - 30,000 in the next 20 to 30 years.
Deputy Director of City Government Planning, Brendan Vieg, said the general plan adopted in 2011 was designed to accommodate that growth.
He said the purpose is to meet employment and housing needs through 2030.
If LAFCO approves the plan Thursday, and then the City of Chico also approves it, it only places these areas within the city's "so-called sphere of influence."
Annexation would come sometime in the future when the city determines it's appropriate.