The annexation process is a long one, with a cycle opening every six years. In 2018, the City of Manchester submitted a “map plan,” outlining the area of potential annexation, to the St. Louis County Boundary Commission. The area was thoughtfully considered and selected based on natural boundaries, community connections, and how the area complimented Manchester’s existing footprint. The City’s map plan was accepted by the Boundary Commission in 2019.
With the potential area of annexation identified, the City of Manchester underwent an in-depth financial feasibility study to ensure that annexation makes financial sense in 2020. The study confirmed that if annexation is successful, the City of Manchester will be able to provide the same excellent services to its new neighbors as it has to the longtime residents in Manchester.
Listening Tour & Plan of Intent
In late 2021 and early 2022, Manchester met with Homeowners Associations and interested residents in the annexation area to both share our community’s story, but more importantly, listen to thoughts and feedback. Your questions and ideas have helped us to strengthen many details in our “Plan of Intent” (POI) that explains how our communities would come together. The City of Manchester is continued the conversation by holding over ten community meetings with residents and businesses to further explain annexation and gather community feedback.
The St. Louis County Boundary Commission is the regulatory body that reviewed the “Plan of Intent” and decided if Manchester’s annexation invitation would come to a vote of the people. The Boundary Commission’s role is to review the logistics and technical details in the POI. In May 2022, the City submitted its Plan of Intent to the Boundary Commission. The Commission held a public hearing in June 2022 where over 100 residents attended to hear presentations from the City and St. Louis County and offer feedback. After nearly eight months of deliberation, the Boundary Commission voted to advance the City's proposal to the voters in both the area of annexation and the current City of Manchester.
Vote (we are here)
The annexation question will be included on the ballot at the November 7, 2023 Election. In order for our communities to join together, the annexation question needs to pass by a simple majority in both the area of annexation and the City of Manchester.