Annexation is the process by which cities extend their municipal services, regulations, voting privileges, and taxing authority to new territory. It is the City of Vancouver's goal to build strong, positive relationships with the community and urban service providers to facilitate a smooth transition of land from the unincorporated urban growth area into the City.
The City of Vancouver’s Annexation Blueprint Plan (2007) identifies urbanized areas within the Vancouver Urban Growth Area and outlines a timeline for annexations. Due to economic conditions, the City halted expansion plans for many years. This year, as part of their 2016 priorities, the Vancouver City Council directed staff to revisit the Annexation Blueprint Plan and identify areas ready for annexation, in compliance with City policy and State law. This includes a review of existing service and infrastructure needs as well as neighborhood boundaries. Please see the links below for more information on the Annexation Blueprint Plan, Annexation FAQs, and the Annexation Analyzer.
Next steps in this process include:
- Mar. – Dec. 2016 | Community Engagement
Presentation and information sessions at neighborhood association meetings, resident meetings and a community forum. Regular project updates via email, social media and City website
- April – Sept. 2016 | Identification of utility covenant signatures
- May 23, 2016 | City Council Workshop
City staff update regarding findings related to annexation to date. Council to provide direction on how to proceed.
- Fall 2016 | City Council Workshop, Update to Council
- TBD 2017 | City Council Meeting, Public hearing on proposed annexation boundary
Frequently Asked Questions - AnnexationThe aim of the FAQs is to provide clear and timely information to residents, business owners and property owners in the City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Urban Growth Area. If you have a question that is not addressed here, please feel free to contact staff directly (see contact information at the end of this page).
Vancouver Urban Growth AreaThe State of Washington’s Growth Management Act of 1990 (GMA) requires counties to establish 20-year Urban Growth Area (UGA) boundaries for every city to accommodate projected growth. The GMA also encourages cities to annex lands within their UGA and provide urban-level services to these areas.