Tucson City Council reverses annexation decision

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At Tuesday's council meeting, the mayor and council unanimously reversed a decision they made last month to annex a west side development.

The council had previously voted to begin annexation negotiations and provide water to the Painted Hills development in the Tucson Mountains. The move would have settled a lawsuit against the city from a group who wanted to develop the land.

But Council Member Paul Cunningham wanted to reconsider the issue, "I've researched this matter further and I'm confident that I've got a better grasp on the complexities of this issue and I think the prudent thing to do as leaders is to reconsider the decision."

The council ultimately voted to ask Pima County to try to buy the land and work with the developers on a land-swap deal.