With little discussion Tuesday night, the Leesburg Town Council initiated a municipal boundary expansion that would annex 517 acres on its southern border—including property recently purchased by Microsoft.
While previous Town Councils—for decades—have discussed the merits of annexing additional land within the town-county Joint Land Management Area, particularly the zones were commercial, not residential, development is planned. None, however, pursued the action. Talks to seek the Board of Supervisors’ cooperation in a boundary line adjustment turned serious a few weeks ago, culminating in a unanimous vote Tuesday night.
Council members had said they were unaware of Microsoft’s plans to purchase the property and that the action was not motivated by that deal.
The voluntary boundary line adjustment process requires cooperation and approval by the Board of Supervisors and can be finalized by a Circuit Court order.
While jurisdictions often coordinate before taking official steps toward decisions like changing their borders, county officials said the first they heard of Leesburg’s proposed annexation was in newspaper reporting of the town council’s first discussion of the idea at a council meeting in early September.