The City of Anna derives its authority to annex property into the city limits from Chapter 43 of the Texas Local Government Code (TLGC) as prescribed in Section 1.03 of the City’s Home-Rule Charter. Certain types of annexation procedures are required to be included in a formal municipal annexation plan. However, inclusion in an annexation plan is not applicable and is not required if the area being considered for annexation fits into one of the following categories:
(1) the area contains fewer than 100 separate tracts of land on which one or more residential dwellings are located on each tract;
(2) the area will be annexed by petition of more than 50% of the real property owners in the area proposed for annexation or by vote or petition of the qualified voters or real property owners as provided by Subchapter B; (Chapter 43, TLGC);
(3) the area is or was the subject of:
(A) an industrial district contract under Section 42.044 (TLGC); or
(B) a strategic partnership agreement under Section 43.0751 (TLGC);
(4) the area is located in a colonia, as that term is defined by Section 2306.581, Government Code;
(6) the area is located completely within the boundaries of a closed military installation; or
(7) the municipality determines that the annexation of the area is necessary to protect the area proposed for annexation or the municipality from:
(A) imminent destruction of property or injury to persons; or
(B) a condition or use that constitutes a public or private nuisance as defined by background principles of nuisance and property law of this state.
The City Council adopted a Resolution (PDF) in November 2010 stating that they have reviewed the future expansion needs of the City and determined that, at this time, the City does not intend to annex any territory that is required to be in an “annexation plan” in order to be annexed. The City Council reserves the right to amend the annexation plan in the future. The City will from time to time, consider annexation of areas that are not required to be included in a formal annexation plan.
The City’s Comprehensive Plan includes a chapter on Growth Management (Chapter 4) that outlines policies and strategies for managing the growth of the City. The Comprehensive Plan suggests that the City proactively annex land within its ETJ that becomes attractive for development due to availability of municipal utilities, and other locations that are in close proximity to areas being subdivided and developed. Proper management of development in the urbanizing areas depends upon annexation and the application of zoning regulations that support the City’s Future Land Use Plan.