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Annexation Process, Land Development Code

The City considers annexation requests for property outside the current municipal limits if certain eligibility requirements are satisfied, based on State of Colorado Statutes and City ordinances. In general, the property must be within the Longmont Planning Area, and comply with the Longmont Area Comprehensive Plan (LACP). One-sixth of the perimeter of the area proposed to be annexed must be contiguous with the existing City limits. Property owners who wish to annex their land to the City must submit a request for City Council to refer an annexation application through the review process.

If referred by City Council, an annexation application must include a concept plan. Zoning of the property will occur concurrently with annexation, consistent with the City's comprehensive plan. Annexations also require an annexation agreement which outlines the obligations of the property owner for development of the property. Public hearings are held before the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council. Final approval of an annexation is at the discretion of City Council.

Annexations and Exceptional Benefit Document: A Tool for City Council
(March 30, 1999)

Annexation is a discretionary act. Based on City Council's intention to "raise the bar" for what the City of Longmont will require of new annexations, annexation petitions are referred to City Council to evaluate their exceptional benefit to the City. This document is a tool to assist City Council in its discussions of what might constitute exceptional benefit on a case-by-case basis. It does not limit Council's discretion in any matters relating to annexation. City Council's referral of an annexation petition that claims exceptional benefit to the City does not require City Council to approve the annexation application. In general terms, the concept of exceptional benefit to the City might encompass the following:

These general concepts of what might contribute to exceptional benefit are not mutually exclusive nor are they comprehensive. They also may not be sufficient. They provide City Council a way to think about the different approaches one might take in considering exceptional benefit. In considering proposed annexations that claim exceptional benefit, City Council might consider how the benefit package is creative, innovative, and demonstrates thinking "outside the box." The Longmont Area Comprehensive Plan (LACP) provides considerable guidance about aspects that contribute to Longmont's quality of life. The LACP is a source for ideas of ways annexations might be able to provide exceptional benefit to the City.

In addition to the general concepts listed, City Council might wish to use the following generals statements in framing its discussions about proposed annexations that claim exceptional benefit to the City of Longmont:


As mentioned earlier, annexation is a discretionary act. This document is a tool to assist City Council in its discussions. It does not limit Council's discretion in any matters concerning annexation. City Council may consider different or additional standards of exceptional benefit on a case-by-case basis. Council also may modify this document to make it a more useful tool.

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