Chapter 12.38
ANNEXATIONS

Sections:

12.38.010    Purpose.

12.38.020    Type of action.

12.38.030    Contents of complete application.

12.38.040    Criteria for approval.

12.38.050    Conformance with comprehensive plan.

12.38.060    Pre-annexation comprehensive planning and proposed zoning regulations.

12.38.010 Purpose.

The purpose of this chapter is to establish the type of action, contents of a complete application, criteria for approval, and comprehensive plan and zoning requirements for annexations. An annexation is the addition of land to the corporate limits of the city. (Ord. 1629 § 1, 1996).

12.38.020 Type of action.

An annexation is a Type V action and shall be considered in accordance with the procedures for such actions as set forth in BMC Title 11, Administration of Development Regulations, Chapter 35A.14 RCW, Annexation by Code Cities, and Chapter 36.93 RCW, Local Government Organization – Boundaries – Review Boards. (Ord. 1629 § 1, 1996).

12.38.030 Contents of complete application.

Information required to initiate annexation proceedings shall be as set forth in Chapters 35A.14 and 36.93 RCW. (Ord. 1629 § 1, 1996).

12.38.040 Criteria for approval.

The city council shall evaluate proposed annexations based on the following criteria:

A.    State annexation regulations as set forth in Chapters 35A.14 and 36.93 RCW;

B.    The ability of the city to provide public services at a level equal to or better than that available from current service providers;

C.    The ability of the city to provide public services at the city’s adopted levels of service;

D.    Whether the annexation would eliminate an unincorporated island or could be expanded to eliminate an unincorporated island;

E.    Whether the annexation would follow logical boundaries, such as streets, waterways, or substantial topographic changes;

F.    Whether the annexation would eliminate an irregularity or irregularities in the city’s boundaries, thereby improving service delivery;

G.    The relative costs to serve the proposed annexation versus the revenue to be derived from the annexation;

H.    No property shall be annexed which is outside the adopted urban growth areas for King and Snohomish Counties. (Ord. 1946 § 2, 2005; Ord. 1798 § 1, 2000; Ord. 1629 § 1, 1996).

12.38.050 Conformance with comprehensive plan.

All territory which may hereafter be annexed to the city shall be considered to be zoned in conformance with the Imagine Bothell... Comprehensive Plan for the area to be annexed. In the event the area annexed is not within the area encompassed by the comprehensive plan, its temporary zoning shall be the zone in the city in this title which corresponds in description most closely to the existing zoning of the property in the county until such time as the city has amended its comprehensive plan to include the annexed area. (Ord. 1629 § 1, 1996).

12.38.060 Pre-annexation comprehensive planning and proposed zoning regulations.

The city council may direct the planning commission to prepare a comprehensive land use plan and/or proposed zoning regulations to become effective upon the annexation of any area which might reasonably be expected to be annexed by the city at any future time. Such comprehensive plan and zoning actions are legislative actions and shall be considered in accordance with the procedures for such actions as set forth in BMC Title 11, Administration of Development Regulations and Chapter 35A.14 RCW. (Ord. 1629 § 1, 1996).