In 1938, who would have thought that our city would grow and prosper with such magnitude? That growth was made possible, in part, through annexation. Annexation is the process by which a city extends its municipal services, regulations, voting privileges and taxing authority to new territory. Cities annex territory to provide urbanizing areas with municipal services and to exercise regulatory authority necessary to protect public health and safety. Annexation, and the imposition of land use control, is also used as a growth management technique to implement a comprehensive plan. Annexation is also a means of ensuring that residents and businesses outside a city’s corporate limits who benefit from access to the city’s facilities and services share the tax burden associated with constructing and maintaining those facilities and services.
Recognizing that annexation is essential to the efficient extension of urban services and to the general well being of cities, Texas annexation law (codified in Chapter 43 of the Texas Local Government Code) allows home rule cities to annex territory on a non-consensual basis.
Click on the links below to learn more about annexation. You may also contact the Planning & Development Services Department at 979.764.3570 or by email at CompPlan@cstx.gov.
Annexation Service Plan
Why Cities Annex
Current Annexation Plan
Commonly Asked Questions
Local Government Code on Annexation
Annexation is a process whereby a city enlarges its corporate boundaries. College Station's past annexations have resulted in areas that have seen development ranging from city facilities to premiere neighborhoods to business parks.
Subchapter C of Chapter 43 Local Government Code (LGC) requires that cities prepare an annexation plan. Property can be annexed on the third anniversary of inclusion in the plan. The plan serves to provide a three-year notice to property owners of a City's intent to annex.
The statute provides several exceptions to the requirement for inclusion in an annexation plan. Two of these exceptions are applicable in College Station. One exception exempts annexations that include fewer than 100 separate tracts of land on which one or more residential dwellings are located. Another exception exempts properties that petition for annexation.
The City's statutorily mandated Annexation Plan currently provides that the City has no plans for annexation outside those areas that are exempt from the annexation plan requirements of the LGC. This plan is reviewed and updated from time to time.