The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday briefly discussed the planned implementation of a new city annexation policy that will require property along the city's borders to be annexed before city water and sewer service will be extended to the area.
The annexation policy, unanimously adopted by the council on May 28, is effective Sept. 1.
The policy calls for the creation of an Annexation Review Committee, which will establish procedures and rule on property owners' requests for exceptions to the policy, Interim Planning Director Deborah Everhart told the council Tuesday.
Committee decisions can be appealed to the council, she said.
Council members said they agreed with a staff proposal to have the committee, at least initially, consist of managers from the Water Department, Water Pollution Control and Planning as well as one member each of the Hagerstown City Council and Hagerstown Planning Commission.