City Boundary Changes

ORS 222.127
Annexation without election notwithstanding contrary city law upon petition of all owners of land

  • declaration of annexation


This section applies to a city whose laws require a petition proposing annexation of territory to be submitted to the electors of the city.


Notwithstanding a contrary provision of the city charter or a city ordinance, upon receipt of a petition proposing annexation of territory submitted by all owners of land in the territory, the legislative body of the city shall annex the territory without submitting the proposal to the electors of the city if:


The territory is included within an urban growth boundary adopted by the city or Metro, as defined in ORS 197.015 (Definitions for ORS chapters 195, 196, 197 and ORS 197A.300 to 197A.325);


The territory is, or upon annexation of the territory into the city will be, subject to the acknowledged comprehensive plan of the city;


At least one lot or parcel within the territory is contiguous to the city limits or is separated from the city limits only by a public right of way or a body of water; and


The proposal conforms to all other requirements of the city’s ordinances.


The territory to be annexed under this section includes any additional territory described in ORS 222.111 (Authority and procedure for annexation) (1) that must be annexed in order to locate infrastructure and right of way access for services necessary for development of the territory described in subsection (2) of this section at a density equal to the average residential density within the annexing city.


When the legislative body of the city determines that the criteria described in subsection (2) of this section apply to territory proposed for annexation, the legislative body may declare that the territory described in subsections (2) and (3) of this section is annexed to the city by an ordinance that contains a description of the territory annexed. [2016 c.51 §2]
Chapter 222

Notes of Decisions

Provisions of this chapter do not require final decisions on small tract annexations to be made in quasi-judicial proceedings rather than by popular vote. Stewart v. City of Corvallis, 48 Or App 709, 617 P2d 921 (1980), Sup Ct review denied


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