as introduced - 92nd Legislature (2021 - 2022) Posted on 03/10/2021 03:40pm
A bill for an act
relating to local government; prohibiting annexation of a designated area by means
other than those identified in an orderly annexation agreement; prohibiting
annexation of the designated area by nonparties; modifying detachment
proceedings; amending Minnesota Statutes 2020, sections 414.0325, subdivisions
1, 1b, 6; 414.033, subdivision 2; 414.036; 414.038; 414.06, subdivisions 1, 2, 3,
7; 572A.03, subdivision 4; repealing Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 414.033,
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 414.0325, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
(a) One or more townships and one or more
municipalities, by joint resolution, may designate an unincorporated area as in need of
orderly annexation. One or more municipalities, by joint resolution with the county, may
designate an unincorporated area in which there is no organized township government as
in need of orderly annexation.
(b) A designated area is any area which the signatories to a joint resolution for orderly
annexation have identified as being appropriate for annexation, either currently or at some
point in the future, pursuant to the negotiated terms and conditions set forth in the joint
resolution. Land described as a designated area is not, by virtue of being so described,
considered also to be annexed for purposes of this chapter.
(c) The joint resolution will confer jurisdiction on the chief administrative law judge
over annexations in the designated area and over the various provisions in said agreement
by submission of said joint resolution to the chief administrative law judge.
(d) The resolution shall include a description of the designated area and the reasons for
(e) Thereafter, an annexation of any part of the designated area deleted text beginmaydeleted text endnew text beginnew text end be initiated
(1) submitting to the chief administrative law judge a resolution of any signatory to the
joint resolution; or
(2) the chief administrative law judge.
(f) Whenever a state agency, other than the Pollution Control Agency, orders a
municipality to extend a municipal service to an area, the order confers jurisdiction on the
chief administrative law judge to consider designation of the area for orderly annexation.
(g) If a joint resolution designates an area as in need of orderly annexation and states
that no alteration of its stated boundaries is appropriate, the chief administrative law judge
may review and comment, but may not alter the boundaries.
(h) If a joint resolution designates an area as in need of orderly annexation, provides for
the conditions for its annexation, and states that no consideration by the chief administrative
law judge is necessary, the chief administrative law judge may review and comment, but
shall, within 30 days, order the annexation in accordance with the terms of the resolution.
Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 414.0325, subdivision 1b, is amended to read:
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new text beginnew text endAt least ten days before the municipality or township adopts an orderly annexation
agreement, a notice of the intent to include property in an orderly annexation area must be
published in a newspaper of general circulation in both the township and municipality.
new text beginnew text end The deleted text beginnoticedeleted text endnew text beginnew text end must clearly identify the boundaries
of the area proposed to be included in the orderly annexation agreement. The cost of
providing notice must be equally divided between the municipality and the township, unless
otherwise agreed upon by the municipality and the township. This subdivision applies only
to the initial designation to include property in an orderly annexation area subject to the
orderly annexation agreement, or any expansion of the orderly annexation area subject to
the agreement, and not to any subsequent annexation of any property from within the
designated area. This subdivision also does not apply when the orderly annexation agreement
only designates for immediate annexation property for which all of the property owners
have petitioned to be annexed.
Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 414.0325, subdivision 6, is amended to read:
An orderly annexation
agreement is a binding contract upon all parties to the agreement and is enforceable in the
district court in the county in which the unincorporated property in question is located. new text beginnew text endThe provisions of an orderly annexation agreement are not preempted by any
provision of this chapter unless the agreement specifically provides so. If an orderly
annexation agreement provides the exclusive procedures by which the unincorporated
property identified in the agreement may be annexed to the municipality, the municipality
shall not annex that property by any other procedure.new text beginnew text end
Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 414.033, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
A municipal council may by ordinance declare land annexed to
the municipality and any such land is deemed to be urban or suburban in character or about
to become so if:
(1) the land is owned by the municipality;
(2) deleted text beginthe land is completely surrounded by land within the municipal limits;
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deleted text begin (3)deleted text end the land abuts the municipality and the area to be annexed is 120 acres or less, and
the area to be annexed is not presently served by public wastewater facilities or public
wastewater facilities are not otherwise available, and the municipality receives a petition
for annexation from all the property owners of the land. Except as provided for by an orderly
annexation agreement, this clause may not be used to annex any property contiguous to any
property either simultaneously proposed to be or previously annexed under this clause within
the preceding 12 months if the property is or has been owned at any point during that period
by the same owners and annexation would cumulatively exceed 120 acres; or
deleted text begin (4)deleted text end new text beginnew text endthe land has been approved after August 1, 1995, by a preliminary plat or final
plat for subdivision to provide residential lots that average 21,780 square feet or less in area
and the land is located within two miles of the municipal limits.
Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 414.036, is amended to read:
new text beginnew text endUnless otherwise agreed to by the annexing municipality and the affected town, when
an order or other approval under this chapter annexes part of a town to a municipality, the
order or other approval must provide a reimbursement from the municipality to the town
for all or part of the taxable property annexed as part of the order. The reimbursement shall
be completed in substantially equal payments over not less than two nor more than eight
years from the time of annexation. The municipality must reimburse the township for all
special assessments assigned by the township to the annexed property, and any portion of
debt incurred by the town prior to the annexation and attributable to the property to be
annexed but for which no special assessments are outstanding, in substantially equal payments
over a period of not less than two or no more than eight years.
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Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 414.038, is amended to read:
new text beginnew text endWhenever a municipality annexes property abutting one side of a township road, the
segment of road abutting the annexed property must be treated as a line road and is subject
to section 164.14. Whenever a municipality annexes the property on both sides of a township
road, that portion of road abutting the annexed property ceases to be a town road and becomes
the obligation of the annexing municipality. This section does not prohibit the annexing
municipality from contracting with the township for continued maintenance of the road.
Any portion of a township road that ceases to be a township road pursuant to this section
may still be counted as a township road for the road-and-bridge account revenues for the
year in which the annexation occurs.
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Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 414.06, subdivision 1, is amended to read:
new text beginnew text endProperty which is situated within a
municipality and abutting the municipal boundary, rural in character and not developed for
urban residential, commercial, or industrial purposes may be detached from the municipality
according to the following procedure.
new text beginnew text end The proceeding may be initiatednew text beginnew text end by submitting to the chief administrative law
judge a resolution of the municipality to which the land is attached deleted text beginordeleted text endnew text beginnew text end by submitting to
the chief administrative law judge a petition of all of the property owners of the land to be
detached if the area is less than 40 acres or of 75 percent of the property owners if over 40
acresnew text beginnew text end.
new text beginnew text endThe petition or resolution shall set forth the boundaries and the area of the land to
be detached, the number and character of the buildings, the resident population, and the
municipal improvements, if any, in the area, and a statement of the reasons the petitionersnew text beginnew text end or the municipality is seeking the detachment. In addition, the petitioners shall
summarize what, if any, efforts were undertaken prior to filing the resolution or petition to
resolve the issues forming the basis for the resolution or petition.
new text beginnew text endIf a petition is submitted without a resolution from the city, the petitioners shall also
provide a copy of the petition to the city from which the land may be detached, and if the
petition includes land for which a property owner has not signed the petition, to each property
owner subject to the petition who has not signed the petition. A copy must also be mailed
or otherwise delivered to the following parties: (1) the clerk of the town to which the property
would be attached if the detachment is granted; (2) the clerk of any other abutting town or
city; and (3) the county recorder in the county in which the land is located.
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Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 414.06, subdivision 2, is amended to read:
new text beginnew text endIf both a resolution of support from the municipality
and a petition by all the property owners are submitted, and no resolution of opposition has
been received from a town as provided in subdivision 1a, no hearing is necessary and the
chief administrative law judge shall grant the petition.
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new text beginnew text endIf both the municipality and town submit a resolution opposing the petition, a hearing
must not be held and the chief administrative law judge shall deny the petition.
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new text beginnew text end In any other case, upon receipt of a petition or resolution, the chief administrative
law judge shall designate a time and place for a hearing in accordance with section 414.09,
except that instead of the meetings otherwise required under section 414.01, subdivision
16, the chief administrative law judge shall order the parties to participate in a mediation
session. The mediator must be on a list of mediators approved by the Office of Administrative
Hearings, unless the parties stipulate to a mediator not on the list. The cost of the mediation
must be apportioned as provided for in subdivision 7.
Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 414.06, subdivision 3, is amended to read:
new text beginnew text endUpon completion of the hearing, the chief administrative law judge
may order the detachment new text beginnew text endon finding
thatnew text beginnew text end the requisite number of property owners have signed the petition if initiated by the
property owners, deleted text beginthatdeleted text end new text beginnew text endthe property is rural in character and not
developed for urban residential, commercial or industrial purposesdeleted text begin, thatdeleted text endnew text beginnew text end the property is
within the boundaries of the municipality and abuts a boundarydeleted text begin, thatdeleted text endnew text beginnew text end the detachment
would not unreasonably affect the symmetry of the detaching municipalitydeleted text begin, and thatdeleted text endnew text beginnew text end the land is not needed for reasonably anticipated future development.
new text beginnew text end In making the findingsnew text beginnew text end, the chief administrative law judge shall
consider all applicable comprehensive plans, land use regulations, and land use maps of the
affected municipality, town, and county that have been adopted at the time the petition was
new text beginnew text end The chief administrative law judge may deny the detachment on finding that the
remainder of the municipality cannot continue to carry on the functions of government
without undue hardship. The chief administrative law judge may decrease the area of property
to be detached and may include only a part of the proposed area to be detached. If the tract
abuts more than one town, it shall become a part of each town, being divided by projecting
through it the boundary line between the towns.
new text beginnew text end The detached area may be relieved of the primary responsibility for existing
indebtedness of the municipality and be required to assume the indebtedness of the town
of which it becomes a part, in such proportion as the chief administrative law judge shall
deem just and equitable having in view the amount of taxes due and delinquent and the
indebtedness of each town and the municipality affected, if any, and for what purpose the
same was incurred, all in relation to the benefit inuring to the detached area as a result of
the indebtedness and the last net tax capacity of the taxable property in each town and
Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 414.06, subdivision 7, is amended to read:
Notwithstanding the provisions of section 414.067, the chief
administrative law judge shall apportion the costs of the mediation and hearing in an equitable
manner, but unless the chief administrative law judge makes specific findings as to why a
party shall be responsible for a greater share, the deleted text beginpetitioning landowners aredeleted text endnew text beginnew text end responsible for at least 50 percent of the total costs.
Minnesota Statutes 2020, section 572A.03, subdivision 4, is amended to read:
For annexations of unincorporated
property under section 414.031 or 414.033, deleted text beginsubdivisions 3 anddeleted text endnew text beginnew text end 5, the arbitration
panel may order the annexation: (1) if it finds that the subject area is now, or is about to
become, urban or suburban in character; (2) if it finds that municipal government in the
area proposed for annexation is required to protect the public health, safety, and welfare;
or (3) if it finds that the annexation would be in the best interest of the subject area. If only
a part of a township is to be annexed, the panel shall consider whether the remainder of the
township can continue to carry on the functions of government without undue hardship.
The panel shall deny the annexation if it finds that the increase in revenues for the annexing
municipality bears no reasonable relation to the monetary value of benefits conferred upon
the annexed area. The panel may deny the annexation: (1) if it appears that annexation of
all or a part of the property to an adjacent municipality would better serve the interests of
the residents of the property; or (2) if the remainder of the township would suffer undue
The panel may alter the boundaries of the area to be annexed by increasing or decreasing
the area so as to include only that property which is now or is about to become urban or
suburban in character or to add property of that character abutting the area proposed for
annexation in order to preserve or improve the symmetry of the area, or to exclude property
that may better be served by another unit of government. The panel may also alter the
boundaries of the proposed annexation so as to follow visible, clearly recognizable physical
features. If the panel determines that part of the area would be better served by another
municipality or township, the panel may initiate and approve annexation on its own motion
by conducting further hearings. In all cases, the arbitration panel shall set forth the factors
that are the basis for the decision.
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Repealed Minnesota Statutes: 21-03404
If the perimeter of the area to be annexed by a municipality is 60 percent or more bordered by the municipality and if the area to be annexed is 40 acres or less, the municipality shall serve notice of intent to annex upon the town board and the chief administrative law judge, unless the area is appropriate for annexation by ordinance under subdivision 2, clause (3). The town board shall have 90 days from the date of service to serve objections with the chief administrative law judge. If no objections are forthcoming within the said 90-day period, such land may be annexed by ordinance. If objections are filed with the chief administrative law judge, the chief administrative law judge shall conduct hearings and issue an order as in the case of annexations under section 414.031, subdivisions 3 and 4.