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City Initiated Annexations

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Background​​

On September 19, 2011, City Council directed staff to begin a strategic process of gradually annexing township island parcels in the City’s Ultimate Service Area.  Township islands are parcels of land under Township jurisdiction but surrounded by land within the City of Ann Arbor.  The September 2011  resolution (PDF) directed staff to initiate the annexation of properties owned by utility companies, publicly ow​ned parcels, and clusters of township islands within the ultimate service boundary area. These parcels are identified to ultimately be within the City's jurisdiction, as established in agreements between the City of Ann Arbor and Ann Arbor Township (AgreementAgreement amendment), Scio Township and Pittsfield Township. Annexation of township islands will help eliminate duplication of police and fire services and improve efficiency of municipal service provision.

Since the September 19, 2011 City Council resolution, staff has developed a process for annexing township parcels into the City. The process includes establishing criteria to help prioritize parcels for city-initiated annexation. Criteria included the following:

  • Availability of City water and sanitary sewer utility services
  • Percent of parcels already connected to City water or sanitary sewer utilities within a group of township island parcels
  • Ability of City vehicles to access property (including emergency vehicles)
  • Road jurisdiction (City, County, private) 
  • Availability of fire hydrants and the need for specialized firefighting equipment 
  • Percent of parcels requesting City water and sanitary sewer utilities within a group of township island parcels
  • Condition and age of private wells and septic systems and number of County Environmental Health complaints
  • Number of contiguous parcels affected
  • Presence of regulated natural features on potential development sites
  • Staff time and effort anticipated to prepare survey drawings and legal descriptions
  • Percent of vacant parcels within a group of township island parcels

Staff will continue to evaluate and prioritize parcels for annexation as the City Initiated Township Island Annexation project moves forward.

Staff completed the first round of City initiated annexation in October 2016 and is currently working on a second round of annexation petitions.

Updates

Public Information Meeting - August 20

Public Hearing and Consideration of Petition Submittal to the State Boundary Commission - October 1, postponed to December 3

Ann Arbor City Council held a hearing on the proposal to initiate annexation of 88 township properties (map, list) by petitions to the State Boundary Commission.  City Council postponed their decision and will consider the resolution to approve the petitions at their December 3, 2018 meeting, which begins at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall (301 E. Huron Street) in the second floor Council Chambers.

 City Code Revision for Utility Connection - November 19

In response to concerns raised at the October 1 meeting about impacts to property owners as a result of utility connection requirements an ordinance to amend section 2:22a of Chapter 27 (Water) and section 2:42.2 of Chapter 28 (Sanitary Sewer) of Title II of the Code of the City of Ann Arbor is scheduled for first reading on the November 19 City Council agenda. The revision would require an 18-month delay after the completion of City-initiated annexations before the 90-day notice to connect to City water or sewer is sent. 

If the proposed ordinance is approved at first reading, the second reading of the ordinance and a public hearing on the proposed ordinance will be held at the December 3, 2018 City Council meeting. Approval at second reading is the final step to adopt the ordinance.

Additional Resources

Planning & Development Services 
301 E. Huron St. 
Ann Arbor 
734.794.6265

 
Jeff Kahan
City Planner
734.794.6265 x42614