Did you know that the Municipal Research & Services Center (MRSC) of Washington has advised cities that they can provide direct support and resources for direct petition method annexation? See MRSC comments here.
This has often taken the form of an “annexation coordinator” or “neighborhood coordinator” staff position, which is what the City of Lake Stevens successfully did from 2005 to 2007.
As an alternative, a City could hire a consultant to help the city pursue a direct petition method annexations, including identifying annexation areas, performing outreach to residents of the area, gathering signatures and processing the annexation through the boundary review board.
Recently, we’ve helped private landowners complete annexations, including a 100+ acre annexation in the City of Lake Stevens. Learn more
Here’s a brief presentation of the how, why and cost of hiring a firm like ours to help with annexation:Toyer Strategic Annexation Mgmt