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(a) The proposed boundaries of the 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 presume that territory that is not contiguous to the annexing borough, or that would create enclaves in the annexing borough, does not include all land and water necessary to allow for the full development of essential borough services on an efficient, cost-effective level.
(c) Absent a specific and persuasive showing to the contrary, the commission will not approve annexation of territory to a borough extending beyond the model borough boundaries developed for that borough.
(d) The commission will consult with the Department of Education and Early Development in the process of balancing all standards for annexation to a borough.
(e) If a petition for annexation to a borough describes boundaries overlapping the boundaries of an existing organized borough, the petition for annexation must also address and comply with the standards and procedures for detachment of the overlapping region from the existing organized borough.
History: Eff. 7/31/92, Register 123; am 5/19/2002, Register 162
Authority: Art. X, sec. 12,
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