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Annexation is the primary means by which cities expand their boundaries. While annexation can facilitate orderly growth and development, it can also be a controversial and politically contentious process. This edition of PAS QuickNotes summarizes the reasons for annexing territory and introduces several key considerations for any municipal annexation study.
About the Author
Anna Read, AICP
Anna Read is a co-author of the forthcoming PAS report, “Planning the Wildland-Urban Interface.' She previously worked as a Senior Program Development and Research Associate in the American Planning Association’s Washington, D.C. office, where she conducted applied research within APA's National Centers for Planning. Prior to joining APA, she worked on regional broadband planning efforts for the state of Missouri and as a project manager for the International City/County Management Association's Center for Sustainable Communities. She has a Master's degree in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University.