It's the largest single annexation in the city's 100-yearhistory, city officials confirm. The annexation controversy hasbeen simmering since February.

Some residential activist groups argue the project is too largefor a small city such as Leesburg to manage. They cite a lack ofsewer, water and utility hookup connections and a limited freshdrinking water supply.

"The city understands the potential risks but sees no immediatedanger to either public health or infrastructure limitations," anindependent planner working with the city tells GlobeSt.com oncondition of anonymity.

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