New Albany City Council on Feb. 21 approved an ordinance to annex 135.5 acres in Licking County into the city.

New Albany City Council on Feb. 21 approved an ordinance 5-0 to annex 135.5 acres in Licking County into the city.

Council members Colleen Briscoe and Chris Wolfe were absent.

The annexation has been in the works since last year.

The land, which is in Jersey Township, is east of Beech Road, south of state Route 161 and south of the existing city boundaries.

The original application was for 180 acres, but the property owner, the New Albany Co., amended that request to 135.5 acres during the annexation process.

Jersey Township trustees approved the annexation in August. Also in August, council approved annexation agreements with Jersey Township and the Licking County commissioners for road maintenance at the property.

The annexation, filed as an expedited petition request, took less time than a normal annexation, according to the state.

It required 100 percent of the property owners to agree on the annexation and had to be approved by the township, the city and the Licking County commissioners.

After the commissioners' approval, state legislation required a 60-day waiting period before New Albany City Council could vote to accept the petition. Council usually hears two readings of an ordinance before passage.

Council heard the first reading Nov. 1 and scheduled the second reading for Feb. 21, at the New Albany Co.'s request.

Although the second reading was set several months out, Jennifer Chrysler, the city's community development director, said it was within the 120-day period for the city to accept the petition.

The 135.5 acres are south of the city's personal-care and beauty business campus. Representatives of the New Albany Co. have said it will be used for businesses seeking larger parcels to develop as an individual business campus.

New Albany and Columbus already have agreed upon water and sewer service for the property. Columbus provides water and sewer extensions into New Albany as requested.