Annexation is the process by which cities extend their municipal services, regulations, voting privileges, and taxing authority to new territory.
The City of Vancouver’s Annexation Blueprint Plan (2007) identifies urbanized areas within the Vancouver Urban Growth Area and outlines a timeline for annexations.
The City strives 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.
Please see the links below for more information on the Annexation Blueprint Plan, Annexation FAQs, and the Annexation Analyzer.
Proposed Van Mall North Annexation
The Vancouver City Council has identified the Van Mall North area (see map below) as a potential area for annexation. It is located in Vancouver’s Urban Growth Area (UGA), was identified as an area ready for annexation by the City and County in the Annexation Blueprint Plan (2007), and was planned for annexation in 2008 but was halted due to the recession.
Van Mall North is already served by City of Vancouver water, sewer and emergency fire services. Council has asked staff to conduct public outreach and prepare an analysis of the feasibility of providing all City services to this area.
- Mar. – Dec. 2016: Community Engagement
- April – Sept. 2016: Identification of Utility Covenant Signatures
- May 23, 2016: City Council Workshop
- June – Oct. 2016: In-depth analysis of proposed annexation area
- August 24, 2016: Van Mall North Annexation Open House, Walnut Grove Elementary, 5 p.m.-8 p.m.
- Nov. 2016: City Council Workshop, Update to Council on analysis of proposed annexation area
- TBD 2017: City Council Meeting, potential Public Hearing on proposed annexation area
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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.
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