The Twisp Town Council is being asked to consider the annexation of about 2 acres in an undeveloped area east of Twisp-Winthrop Eastside Road and north of Highway 20.
The request was discussed at last week’s Town Council meeting. Mike Maples, co-owner of RedTail Development LLC of Yakima, said in a letter to the town that he and his wife own 146 acres in what is known as the “mill hill” area of town east of the Twisp-Winthrop Eastside Road. That property currently borders the town limits. Maples said he is also a partner in Lloyd Holdco, which owns a significant amount of adjacent property within the town limits.
Maples said in the letter that a small “corner” of the RedTail property bisects a “bench” of land on the Lloyd Holdco property that could be desirable for residential development. The 2-acre corner that is now outside of town limits “would obstruct effective and efficient residential development,” Maples said in the letter.
Maples said he earlier sought a boundary line adjustment so the 2 acres could become part of the Lloyd Holdco property, but then learned that annexation was required. He said he is seeking annexation now because the RedTail property may be sold in the near future, and because another annexation request by Hank and Judy Konrad — who are proposing a housing development on adjacent land if it is annexed — is currently under consideration by the town.
Council member Hans Smith said he sees a difference between the Maples request and the Konrads’ proposal, which already has a development plan. He suggest that town representatives meet with Maples to get more information about the annexation request before inviting Maples to submit an annexation petition.
In other business at last week’s meeting, the council approved the re-appointments of John Battle and Jasmine Minbashian to the Planning Commission; Derek Van Marter and Dan Kuperberg to the Twisp Airport Advisory Board; and Sandy Liman and Andrew Brandstetter to the Parks and Recreation Commission.