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The Source: Anti-Annexation Efforts Failing At Statehouse, But What About Here In San Antonio?

City of San Antonio

As the city of San Antonio examines whether or not to annex the largest swath of land in decades, many are pushing back against the city practice. Several bills have been filed in the 84th Legislature to make it more difficult to grab up unincorporated areas.

The bills have failed to muster much support with nearly all of them dying in committee, but the number of bills filed gives an indication of how unpopular annexation is to several Texas communities.

In addition, some small areas are pressing to incorporate ahead of San Antonio's five-pocket, 66-mile annexation plan.Alamo Ranch, a community on the city's far west side, is working to become its own city. Advocates for the plan say they majority of their community members support the plan instead of a possible 2016 annexation.


  • Bennett Sandlin, Executive Director of the Texas Municipal League
  • Richard Cash, Chairman of the Committee to Incorporate Alamo Ranch
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