Rhodora Annexation Clears State Board

Lake Stevens, Washington.  The Washington State Boundary Review Board (BRB) for Snohomish County issued its written decision Tuesday, denying an appeal brought by landowners in the area.  The decision clears the way for approval of the Rhodora Annexation by the Lake Stevens City Council subject to expiration of the 30 day appeal period on BRB decisions.

Our firm has managed the annexation process for the initiating landowners (initiators), including circulation of the 10% and 60% annexation petitions, developing and distributing information about the annexation to residents, and representing initiators in the annexation proceedings.

If final approval is granted by the Lake Stevens City Council, the annexation would bring approximately 103 acres into the City at the southeast end of the lake.  More information

Rhodora Annexation Hits 60% Milestone

On July 19th, the Lake Stevens City Council approved Resolution 2018-018, accepting the 60% petition for a 103-acre annexation known as the Rhodora Annexation.  The approval sends the annexation forward to the State Boundary Review Board for a mandatory 45 day review.  If during the 45 day review period no jurisdictions request the board invoke their jurisdiction, the annexation will return to the City for final consideration.

Toyer Strategic has been assisting the petitioners through the entire annexation process, which began last September.  For more information on the Rhodora Annexation.

 

Pellerin Annexation Completed

We are pleased to announce the completion of the Pellerin Annexation – an addition of 27 acres to the City of Lake Stevens (WA) with high urban residential zoning. The annexation was formalized by the city council on May 22 with a 7-0 vote approving Ordinance 1028.

Our involvement in the project on behalf of the landowners in the area included determining which type of annexation to use, collection of signatures, facilitating a community meeting and processing the annexation through the law’s various requirements.  Annexations in Washington State are procedurally complex and time consuming even though state law provides for several types of annexations. For this project we used the direct petition method annexation process.

For more information about annexations, please contact us.

Exclusive: Rhodora Annexation Reaches 60%

Working with several landowners, we recently submitted a 60% notice of intent to annex the Rhodora Area to the City of Lake Stevens.  Getting to this milestone was not easy.

The effort began last September with an analysis of the area and determination of which method of annexation method to pursue, deciding to move forward with a direct petition method annexation.

Since then we’ve spent months reaching out and meeting with nearly every property owner in the annexation area to discuss the annexation and what it means.

You can learn more about the annexation at www.toyerstrategic.com/annex

But here are examples of how we have reached out:

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One Community Around the Lake?

I was approached last fall by some folks I know in Lake Stevens about what it would take to annex their neighborhoods into the City.  Having supported a few past annexations (e.g. northlake, southwest) years ago, I was excited about the opportunity to help kick-start a new annexation effort.

Why?  Because growing up in Lake Stevens I’ve always wondered why the area around the lake wasn’t united as one community, why haven’t annexations happened sooner and how could things be different had annexations been completed (i.e. sidewalks around the entire lake, better planning of the community’s neighborhoods, road connections and parks).

I’ve also wondered why those areas around the lake but outside the City are generally content with paying taxes to the County when they could pay taxes to the City and keep those dollars closer to home and more specifically invested in Lake Stevens’ roads, parks, etc. (infrastructure they use regularly).

Neither annexation is very big and it’s been a heck of a time commitment on my part, BUT, I’m excited about the prospects of both annexations and about the opportunity to be part of bringing more of the community together around its greatest common element: the lake!