Communities typically grow in three ways: redevelopment, infill development, and the addition of new land area – annexation. Moline is committed to achieving growth through all of these mechanisms.
Annexation not only benefits the health and stability of the city’s finances, it also provides a range of benefits and new opportunities to the entire community, including:
- Ensuring public services are available to serve urban densities and intensities of development – Moline provides a full spectrum of urban utilities (water, sewer, stormwater), infrastructure (enhanced streets, sidewalks, lighting), and services (police, fire, EMS, snow/ice control, trash collection and recycling, public transportation, code enforcement, library, parks and recreation) that are either not available or minimally available in unincorporated areas.
- Promoting orderly growth and development – through carefully planned extensions of facilities and services, the city can limit the sprawl and environmental degradation associated with unplanned growth.
- Promoting service efficiency and safety – pockets of unincorporated lands surrounded by the city and development adjacent to the city limits can create confusion among citizens and jurisdictions regarding service responsibilities.
- Ensuring an equitable sharing of costs – frequently, city services are extended to adjoining unincorporated areas without reimbursement of costs.
- Enhancing community identity and image – land use and zoning standards in isolated unincorporated pockets often contrast with those of adjacent development in the city creating a poor image and lack of identity for the entire area.
To learn more about the annexation process, contact Land Development Manager Shawn Christ, at 309.524.2050. Annexation petitions are also available for download here. There is no fee to annex land into the City of Moline.