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Guide to Annexation Application and Process


  1. 1. Step One
  2. 2. Step Two
  3. 3. Step Three
  • Step One

    1. Annexation: Procedure Overview
      Annexation is a process included within the Florida Statutes which allows neighborhoods and businesses outside a city’s limit to join the City. Annexation typically occurs when property owners petition to join the City, often seeking improved municipal services, better police and fire protection or more responsive government. Owners whose property is contiguous to the City of Temple Terrace may voluntarily submit an Annexation Application.
    2. Step One
    3. Pre-Application Meeting is held with Community Development staff to determine property eligibility, review annexation process, identify application submittal requirements, determine property owner’s goals, discuss City service provisions, and answer questions.
    4. Step Two
    5. Property Owner/Applicant submits Annexation Application and supporting information and documents to the Community Development Department.
    6. Step Three
    7. Annexation Committee, made up of various City Departments considers the annexation application. Staff determines the City’s ability to provide adequate level of services (LOS), financial feasibility and provides a recommendation to City Administration.
    8. Step Four
    9. City Clerk notifies Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners of City’s consideration of voluntary annexation, and prepares ordinance for City Council’s consideration. Community Development staff prepares annexation recommendation for City Council’s consideration.
    10. Step Five
    11. City Council considers the annexation application at a public hearing and acts on the ordinance at a second Council meeting to approve or deny the annexation application. The Property Owner/Applicant should attend both meetings. The required public hearing(s) will be scheduled during regular City Council meetings, which are held the first and third Tuesday of each month.
    12. Step Six
    13. When an annexation is approved by City Council, the City updates appropriate records, databases and maps. The applicant must submit two separate applications to change the property’s planning and zoning authority from Hillsborough County’s to the City’s. The first application is for a Comprehensive Plan Amendment, done in coordination with the Hillsborough County City/ County Planning Commission to designate the property under the City’s Future Land Use Plan. The final application is a Zoning Reclassification to change the zoning from a County district to a City district.