A second attempt to annex land for a new Rochester middle school will face its first public hearing Wednesday.

Following the Rochester City Council’s refusal to extend the city’s southwest boundary for a school, Rochester Public Schools officials are seeking a proposed northwest change.

The Rochester School Board recently approved a purchase agreement for 40 acres of land at the proposed future intersection of 65th Street Northwest and 55th Avenue Northwest for a new middle school. The land, owned by Scott and Annette Purrington, would cost more than $800,000.

On Wednesday, the district will ask for Rochester Planning and Zoning Commission’s recommendation for approval of annexing the property into city limits. The commission meets at 6 p.m. Wednesday; the meeting will be conducted online.

A portion of the land has been designated by the city as eligible for expansion before 2050, but some of it is not expected to be developed until after that point. The proposed school is planned to be built in the area designated for earlier development, according to a report from the city’s Community Development staff.

City staff is supporting the annexation request, based on the fact that required sewer utilities can be extended to support the development.

The cost of expanding sewer infrastructure and anticipated development pressures were cited by city staff and the Rochester City Council when the proposed southwest expansion was proposed.

Staff indicated the new site better aligns with the city’s plan for development and growth.

“The development pattern of this area has been primarily housing to this point,” the report submitted to the Planning and Zoning Commission states. “If a school were to be developed here, it would be constant/compatible with the residential development existing in the area. Additionally, there is roughly 2,400 acres of land within a two mile radius of this site designated for near term expansion on the city’s growth management map.”

The annexation request is the commission’s only scheduled public hearing for Wednesday’s meeting.

Anyone wishing to comment on the proposal can submit written comments by email to communitydevelopment@rochestermn.gov or they can contact the city’s Community Development Department at (507) 328-2950 before noon Wednesday to receive an invitation to the online meeting to provide comments during the hearing.

After the commission makes a recommendation, the city council is expected to hold another public hearing on the annexation request on June 15.

Upcoming meetings

Meetings held through remote access during the week of May 25 include:

Rochester

• Airport Commission, 9 a.m. Wednesday. Video of the meeting will be posted online at www.rochestermn.gov/agendas following the meeting.

• Rochester-Olmsted Council of Governments, noon Wednesday with members participating by Skype. An audio recording of the meeting is expected to be available after the meeting on the ROCOG website.

• Planning and Zoning Commission, 6 p.m. Wednesday in the council chambers of the Government Center. The meeting will livestream at www.rochestermn.gov/agendas, and the city’s planning department is providing a call-in number for people wanting to participate in the planned public hearing.

Olmsted County

• Rochester-Olmsted Council of Governments, noon Wednesday with members participating by Skype. An audio recording of the meeting is expected to be available after the meeting on the ROCOG website.

Rochester Public Schools

• School Board study session, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the boardroom of the Edison Building, 615 Seventh St. SW. Meeting will livestream at YouTube.com/ISD535.

Destination Medical Center

• DMC Corp. board, 9:30 a.m. Thursday. Information for viewing or connecting to the meeting is available at https://dmc.mn/events/