Annexation is the procedure for bringing unincorporated areas of a county into an adjacent incorporated city. The most common form of annexation is the "petition method", whereby property owners (or residents) of the area sign a petition asking to become part of the City. If an area is annexed, the City becomes the primary provider of local government services.
In order to be eligible for annexation, the subject property must be located within the City's Urban Growth Area.
Washington State law governs the annexation procedures. The most
frequently used method of annexation is the petition which begins with
petitioners submitting a Notice of Intent to Annex that represents either
a) not less than 10% of the residents of the area to be annexed, or
b) the owners of not less than 10% in value, according to the assessed valuation.
If the City Council determines that the proposed annexation is in the public interest, it may "initiate" a public process to analyze the annexation proposal. In which case, the proponents must use the official petition forms to collect the signatures of property owners that represent not less than 60% of the total assessed valuation of the acreage in the area requested for annexation.
At the conclusion of the public process, the City Council votes to approve or deny the annexation. There is no guarantee of success for simply filing a petition and application for annexation to the City.
|Annexation Area||Approved||Pending||Not-Initiated / Denied|
|Meridian / Kline / Kelly|
|Pacific Highway/Aldrich Road||July 15, 2013||Ordinance 2013-07-054|
|Geneva / Idaho||August 15, 2011||Ordinance 2011-08-049|
|Queen Mountain||August 24, 2009||Ordinance 2009-08-055|
|Van Wyck / James Street||August 24, 2009||Ordinance 2009-08-054|
|Cordata Park||July 27, 2009||Ordinance 2009-07-044|
|E. Bakerview/James Street||December 8, 2008||Ordinance 2008-12-106|
|San Juan/Yew Street||December 8, 2008||Ordinance 2008-12-107|
|Aldrich Road/Horton||May 19, 2008||Ordinance 2008-05-050|
|South Yew Street|
|Dewey Valley/Mount Baker|