Annexation Procedures for Municipalities (Support)

Annexation Procedures for Municipalities (Support)

HB 1121 (Silvers) and SB 1722 (Torres) revise the process for cities to annex by amending the definition of enclave, and adjusts annexation procedures of bordering enclaves. HB 1121 requires any unincorporated improved and developed area enclosed on all sides by at least two municipalities or unincorporated areas that are at least 75 percent bounded on three or more sides by municipalities, to be considered enclaves. The bills require the municipalities to provide first responder services by a formal mutual aid agreement for the area to be annexed. The bills specify that if a proposed annexation has 25 or fewer registered electors, and those electors do not own property in the proposed annexed area, that a vote of the electors is not required and a municipality may annex via a resolution in lieu of requiring a petition of property owners. Finally, the bills clarify that when two or more municipalities form an enclave, the jurisdiction lies with the municipality providing services to the enclave. If multiple municipalities provide services, the municipalities may annex portions of the enclave. (Cruz)