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File #: 19-1078   
Type: Misc - Professional Services Agreements
In control: City Council A Session
On agenda: 1/31/2019
Posting Language: Ordinance approving a contract with Economic & Planning Systems, Inc. to update the City’s annexation policies and growth-related policies in the City's Extraterritorial Jurisdiction for an amount not to exceed $140,000.00, a Planning Department FY 2019 General Fund Adopted Budget funded initiative. [Peter Zanoni, Deputy City Manager; Bridgett White, Director, Planning]
Sponsors: Planning Department
Attachments: 1. CONTRACTS DISCLOSURE FORM (1), 2. Annexation Growth Policy Consulting Contract_1_10_19_Clean signed, 3. Annexation Growth Policy Scope_011019_final_EXHIBIT A, 4. Draft Ordinance, 5. Ordinance 2019-01-31-0108, 6. Staff Presentation
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Consulting Services to update the City's Annexation and Growth Policy


This ordinance authorizes the execution of a contract with Economic & Planning Systems, Inc. (EPS) to update the City's Annexation and Growth Policy for an amount not to exceed $140,000. Funding is available in the Planning Department's FY 2019 General Fund Adopted Budget. The contract term would commence in February 2019 and terminate in February 2020.


In 2013, the City of San Antonio updated its 2002 Annexation Policy that provided guidelines and evaluation criteria for potential annexation areas and addressed issues in San Antonio's Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ). In 2016, the City adopted an amended Annexation Policy as a component of the SA Tomorrow Comprehensive Plan. This updated Policy provided criteria for evaluating potential annexation areas including the Protection of Natural, Cultural, Historic, Military and Economic Assets; Service Delivery Needs; Public Health, Safety and Welfare; Intergovernmental Relations; Economic and Fiscal Considerations; Fiscal Impact Analysis; and Non-annexation Agreements.

In August of 2017, the State of Texas approved Senate Bill 6 (S. B. 6) that requires cities located in counties with more than 500,000 residents, referred to as Tier 2 municipalities, to obtain the consent of landowners by petition or through voter approval through an election process for proposed annexation areas. With S.B. 6 having been made effective December 1, 2017, San Antonio has a need to update its Annexation Policy.

Additionally, the City is also seeking to address new growth-related policies in its ETJ, including but not limited to Special Districts, Voluntary Annexation, Development Agreements, as well as Municipal Boundary Adjustment and Incorporation requests, so as to create policies that conform to the goals a...

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