Annexation is the process of expanding the City limits to include properties currently outside the City but within the City's Urban Growth Area.

In March 2017, the City of Ellensburg and Kittitas County reached an agreement in which the County agreed to help fund the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Highway 97 and University Way intersection project. In return, at the County's request, the City committed to facilitate annexation of properties located in this area.

The City of Ellensburg is pursuing annexation of this area through the petition method of annexation which is based on tax assessed value of property. Areas annexed through the direct petition method must must have property owners representing at least 60% of the tax assessed value of the area requesting annexation.

City Council meeting

Per chapter 35A.14 of the Revised Code of Washington, City Council determines the following at an initial meeting:

  1. Set the boundaries. Setting of the boundaries does not constitute approval, but rather affirms the process of consideration will continue. Once a geographic boundary has been set it cannot be expanded to include additional area.
  2. The City shall pursue the simultaneous adoption of City zoning designations for the parcels proposed to be annexed.
  3. The City shall require the assumption of a proportional share of existing City indebtedness by the area, if annexed.

Written questions and/or written comments regarding annexation can be directed to the Community Development Department at: 

501 North Anderson Street | Ellensburg | WA | 98926