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File #: 1433-2021    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 6/1/2021 In control: Economic Development Committee
On agenda: 6/14/2021 Final action: 6/18/2021
Title: To authorize the Director of the Development Department to enter into an Annexation Agreement with the Trustees of Blendon Township and upon execution of the agreement, to submit a petition to the Board of County Commissioners of Franklin County requesting a change in the boundary lines of Montgomery Township so as to make the boundary lines identical with the corporate limits of the city of Columbus in certain portions of Blendon Township pursuant to the Annexation Agreement; and to declare an emergency.
Attachments: 1. ORD1433-2021 Blendon Township Agreement, 2. ORD1433-2021 All Maps - Blendon Township Boundary Conformance, 3. ORD1433-2021 Briefing Sheet
Explanation
Portions of Blendon Township were annexed to Columbus from 2002 to the present using the Expedited Type Two annexation petition process. The Expedited Type Two process, outlined in the Ohio Revised Code, does not generally allow municipalities to conform the boundaries of newly annexed territory. As a consequence, annexed lands remain in the township even though they have been annexed by the City - thereby having a “dual” status with respect to such things as tax obligations and elections. An exception to the boundary conformance prohibition is permitted (ORC 709.023(H)) if an annexation agreement between the municipality and township addresses the matter.

The Blendon Township Trustees support conformance of these areas as well as conformance of all future annexations by Columbus. Both the City and Township have determined that it is in the best interest of their respective residents, citizens and taxpayers to enter into an Annexation Agreement requiring the removal of previously annexed land from Blendon Township and setting in place the same provision for future annexations.

Such an agreement has been drafted by both parties. This legislation authorizes the Director of the Department of Development to enter into an Annexation Agreement with the Trustees of Blendon Township. This legislation further authorizes the Director of the Department of Development to submit a petition to the Board of Franklin County Commissioners to undertake boundary conformance for those areas annexed from 2002 to present under the Expedited Type Two process. Boundary conformance to Columbus involves the extension of Montgomery Township’s boundaries to incorporate the subject areas. This and future petitions will be filed in accordance with Section 503.07 of the Ohio Revised Code.

FISCAL IMPACT: None

Title
To authorize the Director of the Development Department to enter into an Annexation Agreement with the Trustees of Blendon Township and upon execution of t...

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