A property must be annexed into the City before the initiation of the City’s development review process may be started. Property that adjoins the existing corporate limits of the City may be annexed by the owner signing a consent annexation form and filing it with the City Clerk. The City Council will then review and consider the consent annexation during a regular Council meeting. A consent annexation requires the passage and publication in the official City newspaper of a simple ordinance. Consent annexation is the most efficient method of being annexed by the City. The only thing that is necessary for a consent annexation is a contiguous boundary with the existing City limits and a legal description that is being considered for annexation.
Property that does not adjoin the City boundaries requires certain approvals from the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners, which will increase the time required for the annexation proceeding. To the extent possible, the City would like to avoid “island” annexations unless a greater public good is served in proceeding with such an annexation.
At the end of each year, the City Council must pass a resolution declaring the corporate boundaries of the City in any properties were annexed into the City. This step is more of a formality and property owners have no responsibility in fulfilling this requirement.