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Title 18 Town Annexation and Service Districts
Appendix A Genoa Town Boundary
Appendix B Minden Town Boundary
Appendix C Gardnerville Town Boundary
18.01 Annexation Procedures for Unincorporated Towns
18.02 Genoa
18.04 Minden
18.06 Gardnerville
18.08 North Valley General Improvement District
18.10 East Fork Fire Protection District
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Title 18 Town Annexation and Service Districts
18.01 Annexation Procedures for Unincorporated Towns
18.01.010 Annexation procedures for unincorporated towns

18.01.010 Annexation procedures for unincorporated towns
    A.  Those areas, including subdivisions, which are adjacent or contiguous of the existing boundaries of an unincorporated town, and which are in need of being provided with the services of the town enumerated in this code may be annexed to the unincorporated town. 
    B.  Any person owning real property located outside the boundary the unincorporated town and which is adjacent to or contiguous to the town boundaries who wishes to improve, develop, subdivide or use the real property which will require the provision of substantially all the town services or have an impact on such services, including but not limited to drainage, fire hydrants, fire protection, street lighting, street maintenance, and garbage or trash collection, must first apply to have the contiguous area annexed to the town. 
    C.  Proceedings to initiate annexation may be commenced in accordance with the provisions of section 269.652 of NRS by: 
        1.  Petition of the majority of the taxpayers residing in the area to be annexed; 
        2.  Recommendation of the county planning commission; 
        3.  Resolution of the board of commissioners; 
        4.  Resolution of the town board recommending that the board of county commissioners adopt a resolution for annexation; or 
        5.  Any combination of the methods set forth above.
    D.  Any application to the town board to initiate proceedings for the annexation of real property into the town must be made upon a form to be provided by the town board and shall be made 30 days prior to the town board meeting at which the application is to be heard. The application must contain the following information: 
        1.  A notarized statement by the applicant that he wishes his property to be annexed into the unincorporated town. 
        2.  A legal description, prepared by a professional land surveyor, which shall include: 
            a.  A metes and bounds description;
            b.  The acreage of the land to the nearest hundredth of an acre if the site is two acres or greater; or, to the nearest square foot if the site is less than two acres; and 
            c.  A graphic depiction of the area proposed for annexation.
        3.  A boundary map of the town enlarged to include the area to be annexed. The map shall be prepared under the direction of the town engineer, or in the event there is no town engineer under the direction of the county engineer. 
        4.  The applicant must also submit a fee in the amount of 300 dollars to pay for the process of reviewing the proposed annexation. The applicant must also agree to pay upon demand any reasonable sum exceeding the 300 dollar deposit (any amount of the additional fee not required to process the application shall be refunded to the applicant). The fee will be used to defray the costs of the following: 
            a.  All costs for plan review incurred by the town for engineering, legal and other services involved in conducting a review of or preparing the annexation map and the legal description, and in performing any other services necessary for a proper review of the application to be conducted by the town board; and 
            b.  All costs for ordinance preparation incurred by the town for engineering, legal and other services involved in preparing, proposing, and pursuing an enactment of each annexation ordinance.
        5.  The applicant must supply a preliminary title report with his application. 
        6.  For all proposed annexations which will have an immediate fiscal impact upon the town as a result of the town having to provide the services set forth in this code, the town board may recommend the imposition of additional conditions precedent to approval of the proposed annexation reasonably necessary to place the proposed annexation area upon equal footing with existing geographical areas within the town boundaries. Equal footing shall be defined to include but not necessarily be limited to the town's prevailing standard of street paving, curbs and gutters, sidewalks, street light, and their maintenance, garbage or trash collection, drainage, weed abatement, fire protection services, including hydrants, and water service. 
        7.  Each applicant shall supply any additional information reasonably required by the town board to determine the financial liability, the aesthetic quality, and the engineering adequacy of the proposed development, and supply any letters of intent to serve upon annexation from utilities required by the town for annexation.
    E.  Action on the proposed annexation by the town board shall not be taken until the applicable noticing provisions of chapter 241 of NRS have been complied with. 
    F.  After action by the town board, the proposed annexation must be submitted to the board of county commissioners for Douglas County for approval in the form of an ordinance. The board of county commissioners must hear applications for annexation every three months, at its third meeting in January, April, July, and October. Failure to apply to the board of commissioners within six months from the date of final action by the town board shall result in the application being deemed denied. Thereafter, the applicant or his successor must renew his annexation application to the town board before any further action can be taken on the proposal for annexation to the town. In such event, the applicant, or his successor, must again pay all filing fees and resubmit the application to the town and the county. The applicant must be filed with the county 30 days prior to hearing and must contain the following: 
        1.  A copy of the complete town application; 
        2.  An ordinance to enlarge the boundaries of the town to include the area to be annexed with the appropriate index; and 
        3.  An application fee of 200 dollars; the fee will be used to defray costs incurred for engineering, legal and other services provided by the county. If the board of county commissioners makes a substantial change to the conditions imposed by the town they shall ask that the changes be reheard by the town board prior to approval of the annexation ordinance.
    G.  If any provision of this section or its application to any person, thing or circumstance is held invalid, such invalidity shall not affect the provisions or application of this section which can be given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to this end the provisions of this section are declared to be severable. 
    H.  Annexation to the town does not in any way suspend the operation or effectiveness of any other applicable state or local statutes or ordinances. (Ord. 553 §1, 1992)
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