North Bend approves Tanner annex

North Bend has approved petitions for annexing the Tanner neighborhood. The city council issued a notice of intent to annex the 730-acre area at its meeting, Tuesday, April 21. King County has 45 days to review the proposal, but no delays are expected, said Duncan Wilson, North Bend's city administrator. The county's Boundary Review Board typically only acts when an annexation is controversial or creates “islands” of unincorporated land.

If the county approves the annexation, North Bend must conduct a census to determine the exact number of new residents. The city estimates 950 people live in the Tanner area. The area’s assessed value is $180 million, according to Wilson.

“We may be able to have the annexation finished in mid-summer if everything goes smoothly,” Wilson said.

The proposed Stilson annexation due south of Opstad Elementary School could be expanded to Interstate-90, the limit of the North Bend's Urban Growth Area. Residents in the area contacted the city about annexation last week. Stilson Avenue South residents are currently collecting signatures for annexation petitions. The two areas have an estimated 75 residents, according to Wilson.

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