The townships introduced a bill this week that limits a city’s ability to annex property. SF 680 (Sen. Lyle Koenen, DFL-Clara City) would forbid a city from seeking to annex any property that is subject to an orderly annexation agreement with another city. Although it may seem innocuous on its face, in practice this would create expensive and burdensome situations for many cities. A township could create a bidding war between two cities. It could sign an orderly annexation agreement with one city that has no intention of ever using it to block a much closer city from exercising annexation.

The CGMC will actively work against this bill in order to protect a city’s ability to do common-sense annexation. The bill currently does not have a companion in the House. If you have any questions regarding annexation legislation, please contact Elizabeth Wefel at eawefel@flaherty-hood.com.