Are you concerned about how a proposed annexation may affect your quality of life?
If yes, then contact CEDS at 410-654-3021 or Help@ceds.org. After learning the specifics of the annexation proposal we can usually offer initial strategy suggestions. Advice by phone is available free to those seeking to prevent annexation from harming a community or the environment.
With regard to the CEDS approach, there are two options for applying it to your effort.
If elected officials fail to quickly and fully resolve your concerns regarding annexation then we urge you to mount an aggressive political campaign. Far too many citizens have lived to regret delaying action in hopes that a bad annexation would go away. When in doubt, please contact us immediately and we'll be delighted to give you an initial, no-cost opinion on whether its time to act. For further detail on the first steps in launching an aggressive campaign see Chapter 35 in our book. If you find you lack the time for this research then consider having CEDS conduct it for you through an Initial Strategy Analysis.
A more detailed description of how to win annexation battles is provided in our PowerPoint presentation and our factsheet: Annexation & Citizens: Assessing Quality of Life Impacts & Successful Strategies
Following is a bit more background on annexation.
The land to be annexed must be physically connected to the town or city boundaries though the connection may be nothing more than a road owned by the municipality. Depending upon which state you're in, anywhere from 51% of all the property owners or voters living within the proposed annexation area must agree to be annexed. To see how annexation works in your state go to: State-By-State Annexation Summary.
More detail regarding the annexation process is provided in our PowerPoint presentation and our factsheet: Annexation & Citizens: Assessing Quality of Life Impacts & Successful Strategies.
The CEDS Project Evaluation Checklist allows you to do a preliminary assessment of the quality of life effects of a proposed annexation. Detail on these principles will be found in Chapters 2 to 26 of our free 300-page book How To Win Land Development Issues.
If you live near a town, city, or county boundary and you fear that adjoining land may be proposed for annexation, then visit our Proactive Neighborhood Planning to learn how to prevent harm before the land is annexed. If your area has been plagued by a series of poorly conceived annexations, then visit our Quality of Life Growth Management (QoLGM) webpage. QoLGM employs annexation and other tools to manage growth to not only preserve, but enhance quality of life for existing and future residents; not merely to benefit a few property owners or development companies.
Further detail and examples of how annexation can enhance or degrade quality of life can be seen in our PowerPoint presentation and our factsheet: Annexation & Citizens: Assessing Quality of Life Impacts & Successful Strategies.