Once the city and the landlord have agreed to all the terms, City Council will review and pass an order empowering the Mayor to sign the agreement. At this point, the owner is either attached or the agreement with the county is registered and used when the property becomes adjacent to the city limits. Interlake Sporting Ass`n v. Boundary Review Board, 158 Wn.2d 545 (2006) – The state Supreme Court overturned a decision of the Boundary Review Board which, at the request of King County, expanded a proposed annexation by the City of Redmond to more than three times the area described in the petition for annexation. The expanded area had already voted in an election to reject annexation. The court found in Decision 5-4 that the Review Panel violated RCW 35A.14.140, which authorizes a City of Code to « annex all or part of the proposed area but not include in the annexation any property not described in the petition, » and that the Review Board exceeded its authority under RCW 36.93.150, change the boundaries of a proposed annexation. The court also found that the audit committee`s decision violated the rights of landowners in the annexation area. However, the 2012 legislature responded to this decision in ESHB 1627 (Statutes, 2012, c. 212) by amending RCW 36.93.150(2) to give border inspection committees the express authority to add territory to a proposed annexation as long as the amount of territory added does not exceed 100% of the original proposal. Annexation is the addition or incorporation of territory into a county or city. Annexation of property is a fairly common practice, especially in states where population growth is constant, such as Florida, California, New York, and Texas. Listed municipalities will consider annexing private and commercial real estate to maintain the city`s fiscal and physical growth. This page contains links to annexation laws and regulations in Washington State, examples of local government procedures, tax policies and studies, court decisions, and other recommended resources.
For a summary of all the different methods that cities can use to annex territories, see Annexation methods. Johnson v. Spokane, 19 Wn. App. 722 (1978) – In this case, a city was found to have the authority to sign an application for annexation in the same way as owners of taxable property. The fact that property owned by the city is exempt from tax does not mean that the city cannot sign the application for annexation. Sometimes the city may enter into pre-concession agreements with landowners who may not be annexed for some time. These agreements, which are binding for twenty (20) years, are an obligation between the city and the owner to annex in accordance with the agreed terms. The annexation process brings problems and benefits for the county, the city and landowners. While annexation may benefit current landowners by providing more centralized services and voting rights, transferring jurisdiction from one house to another may result in fines, fees, and unresolved utilities with the county, as well as future special assessments for new municipal services.