Annexation is the process by which municipalities incorporate new territory into their municipal boundaries.
In addition to benefits to local businesses, annexation may bring additional services and public funds to invest in the community. Potential additional revenues include sales tax, bed tax, and a portion of state-shared revenues, such as state income tax, highway user revenue, vehicle license tax and state sales tax. These additional revenues should
ensure services, such as police, parks & recreation and transportation, are continued at current or improved levels of service.
On February 5, 2003, the Town Council adopted a policy that updated the established guidelines for future annexations to ensure they are logical, practical, financially feasible, and in the best interest of the Town.
An updated Annexation Strategy was approved by Council July 15, 2020. The Strategy will be reviewed every five years.
The Town was originally incorporated in 1974 with a small 2.4 square mile area, and through a series of annexations since then, has resulted in the community that exists today. All but three of the 20 subsequent annexations since incorporation have been less than three square miles, 12 of which were less than one square mile. The largest annexation incorporated nearly 13 square miles, an area that includes most of the Rancho Vistoso planned area development.
PRIORITY AREAS FOR FUTURE ANNEXATION
Priority Area 1 (Current) - This area consists of the Westward look Resort, Casas Adobes Plaza, the remaining two commercial corners (NE and SE) at lna/Oracle Road and the 885 acres of vacant Arizona State land Department (ASLD) property on the western boundary of Oro Valley.
Priority Area 2 (Near-Term) - This area consists of the nearby neighborhoods adjacent to Westward Look, as well as Honeywell which is the only unincorporated county island within the town.
Priority Area 3 (Mid-Term) – This significant area along the Town's SW area boundary consists largely of existing residential properties, extending all the way to the Foothills Mall, Pima Community College, the Omni Tucson National Resort, and surrounding commercial and residential areas.
Priority Area 4 (Long-Term)- This area consists of all or a portion of over 10,000 acres of vacant ASLD land (also known as Arroyo Grande) on the Town's northern boundary west of Oracle Road, extending just beyond the Pinal County Line, and several residential areas along Lambert, Shannon/Thornydale and Tangerine/Moore to round out the town's boundaries.