Annexations

Annexations

Petitioning for incorporation into the Alpine City Limits can be a valuable opportunity for the landowner of property located just outside the City's corporate boundaries.

The City provides best-in-class police protection, emergency medical services, parks and recreational facilities, and is an award-winning enterprise when it comes to managing public taxpayer dollars. Growth and development opportunities abound in Alpine, and the incorporated property owner generally benefits from a lower cost of public utilities and may even experience increases in property value.

State law provides the required process for annexation of an area on request of owners; specifically, Chapter 43, Subchapter C – 3, which is the section of the Texas’ statute governing voluntary annexations in Alpine. 

The steps below outline the process for incorporating property located in the Alpine extraterritorial jurisdiction into the City limits. You may use the City’s standard Petition for Voluntary Annexation to begin the process.

Below are the steps to take for voluntary annexation. Questions may be directed to the Office of the City Secretary at (432) 837-3301, option 1. 

Action Step Action Item   Statutory Time Frame   Responsible Party
1 Petitioner requests incorporation into the City limits in writing to the City.   The property owner shall provide, in writing, a request to be annexed into the City, and provide a detailed "metes and bounds" legal description of the property or properties to be incorporated  along with a survey plat as an attachment to the request. This request should be directed to the attention of the Mayor.   Property Owner
           
2 City Staff Requests Council Concurrence by resolution with the request for incorporation into the City limits.   30 Days or 1st Next Regular Council Meeting, whichever is later. The resolution will set times and dates of public hearings and 1st and 2nd readings of the annexation ordinance   City Staff
           
3 Development of a Service Agreement with the Petitioner   A Service Agreement outlining the status and conditions of public services available and agreeable to the parties must be created, which would be adopted upon Council approval of the annexation at the Second Reading of the Annexation Ordinance. Note: A draft may be developed and included in the staff request for Council concurrence with the request for annexation, for information purposes.   City Staff and Property Owner
   
4 Notice for 1st of two required Public Hearings may be posted in a newspaper of general circulation in the City.   May be published on or after the 20th day but before the 10th day of the date of the hearing (43.0673 d).   City Staff
           
5 Internet Posting of 1st Public Hearing.   Must be posted on City's internet website on or after the 20th day but before the 10th day of the date of the hearing and must remain posted until the First Public Hearing is conducted (43.0673 d).   City Staff
           
6 Certified Mail Notice to Public School District in accordance with 43.905.   Notice must be sent on or after the 20th day but before the 10th day of the date of the 1st Public Hearing. NOTE: Additional provisions apply where the content of this notice is concerned, and 43.905 MUST be reviewed carefully to ensure the notice includes the proper detailed information.   City Staff
           
7 Certified Mail Notice to Public Entities in accordance with 43.905.   Notice must be sent on or after the 20th day but before the 10th day of the date of the 1st Public Hearing. NOTE: Additional provisions apply where the content of this notice is concerned, and 43.905 MUST be reviewed carefully to ensure the notice includes the proper detailed information.   City Staff
           
8 First Public Hearing and First Reading of the annexation ordinance.   Must be held at a Regular City Council Meeting. 1st Public Hearing will be held where interested persons may be heard. City Council will consider the first reading of an Ordinance annexing the subject property.   City Council, City Staff with Property Owner Present
           
9 Notice for 2nd Public Hearing: MUST be posted in a newspaper of general circulation in the City.   Must be published on or after the 20th day but before the 10th day of the date of the 2nd Public Hearing (43.0673 d).   City Staff
           
10 Internet Posting of 2nd Public Hearing; MUST be posted on City's internet website   Must be posted on or after the 20th day but before the 10th day of the date of the hearing and must remain posted until the 2nd Public Hearing is conducted (43.0673 d).   City Staff
           
11 Second Public Hearing   Note: 1st and 2nd public hearings MUST be AT LEAST 10 business days apart (43.0673 b), and held between 20 and 10 days following the required posted notice of Second Public Hearing (43.0673 d).   City Council, City Staff with Property Owner Present
           
13 Second Reading of the Annexation Ordinance   Must be held at a separate Regular Meeting of the City Council, following the First Reading of the Annexation Ordinance.   City Council, City Staff with Property Owner Present