language to be deleted (2) new language
relating to local government; modifying municipal boundary adjustment provisions; extending the Municipal Boundary Adjustment Advisory Task Force;
amending Minnesota Statutes 2006, sections 414.0325, subdivision 1b; 414.033, subdivisions 2, 13; Laws 2006, chapter 270, article 2, section 1; repealing Laws 2006, chapter 270, article 2, section 8.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
At 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. The notice must clearly identify the boundaries of the area proposed to be included in the orderly annexation agreement and the date, time, and place of the public informational meeting to be held as provided in section 414.0333. 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.
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) the land is completely surrounded by land within the municipal limits;
(3) 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, the director must not accept a petition from a property owner for more than one annexation per year of property contiguous to the parcel previously annexed under this clause; or
(4) the 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.
At least 60 days before a petition is filed under section 414.0325 or this section, the petitioner must notify the municipality that the petitioner intends to file a petition for annexation. At least 30 days before a petition is filed for annexation, the petitioner must be notified by the municipality that the cost of electric utility service to the petitioner may change if the land is annexed to the municipality. The notice must include an estimate of the cost impact of any change in electric utility services, including rate changes and assessments, resulting from the annexation.
An advisory task force on municipal boundary adjustments is established to study and make recommendations on what, if any, changes should be made to the law governing municipal boundary adjustments. The task force shall develop recommendations regarding best practices annexation training for city and township officials to better communicate and jointly plan potential annexations. The task force is comprised of the following members:
(1) two members of the senate, one appointed by the majority leader and one appointed by the minority leader;
(2) two members of the house of representatives, one appointed by the speaker of the house and one appointed by the minority leader;
(3) three representatives of city interests, appointed by the League of Minnesota Cities in consultation with the Association of Metropolitan Municipalities, the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities, and the Minnesota Association of Small Cities;
(4) three representatives of township interests, appointed by the Minnesota Association of Townships; and
(5) one person appointed jointly by the senate majority leader and the speaker of the house of representatives to serve as chair of the task force, selected based on knowledge and experience in municipal boundary adjustment issues and who could serve without bias towards either side of the issue of annexation.
All appointing authorities shall provide for balance of geographic areas of the state and city and town interests.
The task force shall report its recommendations to the chairs and members of the house of representatives and senate committees with jurisdiction over municipal boundary adjustments by January 1, 2007. The task force shall also provide a copy of its recommendations to the Legislative Reference Library.
Any funds remaining in the committee budgets for the house local government committee or the senate state and local government operations committee as of the 2006 adjournment of the legislature will be available to pay for the administrative expenses of the task force, including per diems and expenses of members and the services of a facilitator from the management analysis division of the Department of Administration.
Presented to the governor May 17, 2007
Signed by the governor May 21, 2007, 1:27 p.m.