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AI- 3487   7.    
City Council Agenda
Meeting Date: 02/05/2013  
Subject:    Orchard Hill Annexation
Presenter: Katie Baker
Department: Development Services  

Recommended Action
Conduct a public hearing concerning the establishment of pre-annexation zoning and conduct a public hearing and first reading of an ordinance annexing the area commonly referred to as the Orchard Hill Annexation to the City of Puyallup.
On August 1, 2012, the City received a notice of intent to commence annexation proceedings from landowners within the Orchard Hill neighborhood (see attached vicinity maps). Orchard Hill is a 19-acre established 74-lot subdivision, bound by City limits on two sides, and is located west of Fruitland Avenue in the City's assigned Urban Growth Area. The submitted notice provided signatures of property owners representing more than 10% of the total assessed value of the proposed annexation area.

On September 18, 2012, the City Council approved Resolution No. 2222 accepting the annexation petition and moving the process into the "60% stage," in which the petitioners seek to obtain signatures from property owners representing 60% of the cumulative assessed valuation of the annexation area. The City received those signatures in October and submitted them to the Pierce County Assessor-Treasurer for certification of sufficiency. Pierce County officially certified the sufficiency of those petitions on November 14, 2012.

Concurrently, on November 14, 2012, the Planning Commission reviewed and discussed the annexation area's zoning. On January 9, 2013, the Commission held a public hearing regarding the assignment of City zoning. At the close of that process, the Commission unanimously recommended the assignment of RS-08 (single-family residential; 8,000 square foot minimum lot size) zoning for this annexation. This recommended zone is consistent with the City's Comprehensive Plan.

If the Council approves the annexation, it would become effective in mid-2013 following a requisite 45-day Boundary Review Board comment period.
Previous Actions (Discussions/Presentations)
The City Council adopted Resolution No. 2222 on September 18, 2012, which authorized the circulation of 60% annexation petitions. The Planning Commission discussed pre-annexation zoning at a work session on November 14, 2012 and held a public hearing on January 9, 2013.
Summary of Proposal
These hearings will give the public an opportunity to comment on both the pre-annexation zoning and the annexation itself.  The proponent requests that the City Council authorize annexation of the Orchard Hill neighborhood. The Planning Commission recommends establishment of RS-08 (single-family residential, 8,000 square foot minimum lot size) zoning for this area upon its annexation.
Council has the option of approving or rejecting the proposed annexation. On the question of zoning for the annexation area, the Planning Commission did consider the RS-10 zone as an alternative to RS-08 zoning. However, Commissioners voiced concerns about creating some non-conforming parcels due to lot size if the neighborhood was zoned RS-10.

Fiscal Impact
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As with any annexation area, the City would expect to have fiscal impacts due to this subdivision coming into the City, both in new net costs and revenue.

Upon annexation, the City would begin providing standard municipal services to this neighborhood, including public safety and streets. After reviewing calls for service from this neighborhood over the past five years, the Police Department determined that the call volume would not adversely impact its level of service. Similarly, the Public Works Department performed a surface analysis of the condition of the infrastructure and concluded that as the streets and sidewalks are in acceptable condition, annexation would result in no more than a modest increase in maintenance responsibilities. The neighbhorhood has just one streetlight, which the City would maintain at minimal cost.

Homes in this neighborhood currently receive sewer service from the City, for which they pay a 50% surcharge which would be removed upon annexation. (Note: at its January 15, 2013 study session, the City Council authorized the removal of this surcharge in all areas, separate from this annexation.) The City would receive increased revenues in the form of a portion of the property taxes paid by each homeowner, and in utility service taxes and fees.
Staff Memo
Parcel Map
Declaration of Sufficiency
Planning Commission draft minutes

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