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(a) The proposed boundaries of the city must include all land and water necessary to provide the full development of essential city services on an efficient, cost-effective level. In this regard, the commission may consider relevant factors, including
(1) land use and ownership patterns;
(2) population density;
(3) existing and reasonably anticipated transportation patterns and facilities;
(4) natural geographical features and environmental factors; and
(5) extraterritorial powers of cities.
(b) Absent a specific and persuasive showing to the contrary, the commission will presume that territory that is not contiguous to the annexing city, or that would create enclaves in the annexing city, does not include all land and water necessary to allow for the full development of essential city services on an efficient, cost-effective level.
(c) The proposed boundaries of the city must include only that area comprising an existing local community, plus reasonably predictable growth, development, and public safety needs during the 10 years following the effective date of annexation.
(d) The proposed boundaries of the city may not include entire geographical regions or large unpopulated areas, except if those boundaries are justified by the application of the standards in 3 AAC 110.090 - 3 AAC 110.135.
(e) If a petition for annexation to a city describes boundaries overlapping the boundaries of an existing organized borough, the petition for annexation must also address and comply with the standards and procedures for either annexation of the enlarged city to the existing organized borough, or detachment of the enlarged city from the existing organized borough. If a petition for annexation to a city describes boundaries overlapping the boundaries of another existing city, the petition for annexation must also address and comply with the standards and procedures for detachment of territory from a city, merger of cities, or consolidation of cities.
History: Eff. 7/31/92, Register 123; am 5/19/2002, Register 162
Authority: Art. X, sec. 12,
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