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(a) The boundaries of a proposed borough must conform generally to natural geography, and must include all land and water necessary to provide the full development of essential borough services on an efficient, cost-effective level. In this regard, the commission may consider relevant factors, including
(1) land use and ownership patterns;
(2) ethnicity and cultures;
(3) population density patterns;
(4) existing and reasonably anticipated transportation patterns and facilities;
(5) natural geographical features and environmental factors; and
(6) extraterritorial powers of boroughs.
(b) Absent a specific and persuasive showing to the contrary, the commission will not approve a proposed borough with boundaries extending beyond any model borough boundaries.
(c) The proposed borough boundaries must conform to existing regional educational attendance area boundaries unless the commission determines, after consultation with the commissioner of education and early development, that a territory of different size is better suited to the public interest in a full balance of the standards for incorporation of a borough.
(d) Absent a specific and persuasive showing to the contrary, the commission will presume that territory proposed for incorporation that is non-contiguous or that contains enclaves does not include all land and water necessary to allow for the full development of essential borough services on an efficient, cost-effective level.
(e) If a petition for incorporation of a proposed borough describes boundaries overlapping the boundaries of an existing organized borough, the petition for incorporation must also address and comply with all standards and procedures for detachment of the overlapping region from the existing organized borough. The commission will consider and treat that petition for incorporation as also being a detachment petition.
History: Eff. 10/12/91, Register 120; am 5/19/2002, Register 162
Authority: Art. X, sec. 12,
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