Notices | Submittal Info. | What is Annexation? | Process | Public Participation
Unilateral annexations in progress
There are currently no unilateral annexations in progress.
Annexation information & application materials:
For further information or to schedule a predevelopment meeting, contact Ashley Lumpkin (512) 218-5429 or Steve Hopkins (512) 671-2727.
What is annexation?
Annexation is the process of incorporating new land into the city limits. Areas within the city limits are eligible to receive city services including municipal water, wastewater, residential trash collection, police and fire protection.
The annexation process
Annexation requests may be initiated either by the landowner or by the City. If the annexation is owner-initiated (or “voluntary”), the applicant’s development team first meets with City staff members to review the development proposal and determine its feasibility. Staff considers the proposed zoning, whether the proposal is in accord with the City’s General Plan, the cost of providing water, wastewater, fire and police services, potential tax issues, and any other concerns related to that specific site. Water and wastewater service is required to be provided in newly annexed areas within two and a half years; other services are provided immediately.
The landowner then submits a formal application for annexation to the City Council. At the City Council meeting, the Council will consider the owner’s annexation request and input from the Planning, Engineering & Development Services, Parks, Fire and Police Departments, school district and private utility providers.
An annexation that is initiated by the City instead of the owner is referred to as a unilateral annexation. Two public hearings are held before the City Council for unilateral annexations, and the Council may not vote on the proposal until at least 20 days after the second public hearing.
Public participation in the annexation process
Attending City Council meetings (or watching their live broadcast on Time Warner Cable Channel 10 or AT&T Uverse Channel 99) is a good way to become familiar with development issues. Items requiring public hearings are listed in the meeting agendas of the City Council.
For unilateral annexations, notices for both public hearings are sent to all owners of properties proposed for annexation, posted at City Hall, published in the Round Rock Leader (classifieds section), and are posted on the Planning Department web page.
Municipal Annexation Plan adopted in 1999 (PDF).
If you have questions about any annexation proposal, please contact the Planning Department (512-218-5428) to discuss them with a planner.
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