Properties may be annexed into the City of Walla Walla if the area is within the Urban Growth Boundary for the City. If a neighborhood is interested in annexing to the City, please contact Development Services to discuss the necessary steps.
Annexation Process - Petition Method
- Annexation process begins with submission of a notice from 10% of the property owners to commence annexation proceedings.
- The City assembles an Annexation Committee representing every City department to review the proposed annexation's benefits and costs to the public and City.
- City Council considers a resolution setting a public meeting to consider the 10% notice to commence annexation proceedings.
- Subject to passage of a resolution setting a public meeting date to consider the 10% notice to commence annexation proceedings, notices were mailed to agencies and to the property owners in and abutting the proposed annexation area.
- The City Council holds an open public meeting to consider the 10% notice to commence annexation proceedings. At that meeting the Council may adopt, modify or reject the annexation proposal and shall determine whether it shall require the assumption of all or any portion of existing indebtedness by the area to be annexed.
- Subject to the City Council approving the 10% notice to commence annexation proceedings 60% of the property owners within the annexation area file a notice to commence the proceedings. Review by the Annexation Committee continues based on either the original or amended annexation boundary approved by Council. City staff orders a boundary survey of the proposed annexation area.
- A resolution requesting that the City Council set a public hearing date to consider the 60% annexation petition is prepared by staff.
- At a regularly scheduled meeting the City Council considers and acts on a resolution setting an annexation public hearing date.
- Once the City Council passes a resolution setting a public hearing date, staff publishes and provides mailed public hearing notices to agencies and the property owners in and abutting the proposed annexation area.
- City Council holds a public hearing to consider and act on the 60% annexation petition.
- Subject to passage, the City Clerk publishes the annexation ordinance.
- The City conducts a census of the area to be annexed.
- The boundary survey, annexation certificate and census tabulations are forwarded to Washington State Office of Financial Management.
Note: Annexation Petitions are no longer directed to the Walla Walla County Boundary Review Board. The Board was disbanded by County Ordinance 407, Dated January 3, 2012.