I work in a medium sized town that is experiencing basically stagnant population growth. Some of the areas within 1/2-3 miles outside of our corporate limits to the Northeast and Northwest have experienced some growth in the past 5-10 years.
Additionally, there is some industrially used land immediately Southeast of town that has been industrially active for 20+ years, but has never been annexed.
At our staff meeting last week, our PD mentioned that we (the City and our department) will be looking into annexation.
Of course we'll have to look at state statute and what we can legally annex, but aside from the legal "can"/"cannot", I'm not sure how to approach the "should"/"shouldn't". (My current planner co-worker has already asked that we not annex any more zoning violations! )
So, a few questions:
1. Is your planning department involved in the annexation process?
2. What is your role for properties that wish to be annexed?
3. What is your role for City-initiated annexations?
4. Do you include an annexation survey/plan in your Comp. Plan?
5. What types of areas does your department encourage annexation for?
6. What types of areas does your department try to avoid annexing?
The clincher: If you're looking to increase tax revenues with minimal increases in expenditures, can annexation achieve that goal? What types of annexations make fiscal sense, and which types will likely add to your budget woes?