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Texarkana, Texas, is more than 23 acres larger because of a voluntary annexation the City Council approved Monday.

The Council voted unanimously to bring the land, west of Richmond Road and north of Moores Lane, into the city limits. The land's owners wanted the now-wooded land annexed to facilitate its development.

A pair of other unanimous votes approved a new zoning definition and rezoned a lot at West Sixth and Main streets to allow home construction there. The zoning change allows small-lot, single-family residences downtown. Developers plan to build four 1,000-square-foot homes on the lot.

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The Council also conducted public hearings and voted unanimously to approve the following:

— rezoning 704 Ward Ave. and granting a special use permit to allow a manufactured home there;

— granting a special use permit to allow a permanent cosmetics business at 4040 Gibson Lane;

— rezoning land at the northeast corner of Kings Highway and Interstate 30 and approving a site plan for a new Quik Trip convenience store there;

— updating the city's fire code to be in accordance with the 2018 edition of the International Fire Code; and

— an ordinance defining the formation of advisory committees to assist the council.

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Ward 3 Council Member Betty Williams was absent, so Mayor Bob Bruggeman took part in the meeting's votes.

The council is on a summer schedule, with only one meeting in June and one in July. Its next meeting is scheduled for July 8.

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