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.
Since January of 2004, the Vancouver Annexation program has processed over 40 annexations, bringing over 2,300 acres and over 1,900 residents into the city limits. All of the current and recent annexation requests are listed to the left. Please click on each individual annexation name to view project-specific information, including staff reports, resolutions, ordinances etc. The 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. GMA also encourages cities to annex lands within their UGA and provide urban-level services to these areas. Lands outside the UGA cannot be annexed. The map below shows Vancouver’s current city limits in green and unincorporated urban growth area in yellow.
Current AnnexationsVan Mall Drive Annexation Received October 2015 CHARACTERISTICS: The Van Mall Drive Annexation area is located in Vancouver’s unincorporated urban growth area and is contiguous to the City of Vancouver located at 4909 NE 66th Avenue; the site is a residential property 1.43 acres in size and includes abutting street right of way.
Annexation BlueprintAnnexation Blueprint (2007) / Interlocal Agreement On December 3, 2007, the Vancouver City Council adopted the “City of Vancouver-Clark County: Vancouver Urban Growth Area Annexation Blueprint 20-Year Plan” in conjunction with the “Interlocal Agreement By and Between Clark County and the City of Vancouver with Respect to Joint Growth Management Planning”. Clark County adopted the Interlocal...
Benefits of AnnexationRapid development and population growth often occurs just beyond the Vancouver city limits because of the limited amount of available land for development within the City. The growth of these areas affects water quality and demand, sewage flows, traffic congestion, and the need for adequate police and fire protection.
Frequently Asked Questions - AnnexationWill I be required to hook up to public sewer and/or water?
No. You can continue to use a septic system and/or well after annexation. Continued use of an existing septic system is allowed unless a health problem is detected by the County Health Department. If you are interested in connecting to the City’s sewer system, the City offers a financial assistance program (SCIP).
Methods of AnnexationElection (Initiated by Residents) Annexation is initiated by a petition signed by 20 percent of the number of voters living in the area to be annexed who voted in the last election. Then, a formal election is held where registered voters in the proposed annexation area vote on the annexation.
Election (Initiated by City of Vancouver) Annexation is initiated by City Council resolution. ...