Boundary Adjustment Act

Public Meeting

  • The Board of County Commissioners will hold a special joint meeting with the Alachua County League of Cities on Tuesday, February 18th at 1:30 p.m. to discuss policy concerns relating to the Boundary Adjustment Act. This Workshop will take place in Jack Durrance Auditorium, Rm. 209 of the County Administration Building at 12 S.E. 1st St., Gainesville.

  • Date: February 18th 2014
  • Time: 1:30 p.m., or as soon thereafter as the matter may be heard
  • Location: Jack Durrance Auditorium in room 209 on the second floor of the County Administration Building at 12 S.E. 1st St


The Boundary Adjustment Act is a Special Law adopted by the Florida legislature in 1990 which governs annexation in Alachua County. The purpose of the Act is "to set forth procedures for establishing municipal reserve areas and for adjusting the boundaries of municipalities through annexations..." The Reserve Areas are the exclusive areas within which each municipality may annex land into its incorporated limits. The Act is supplemental and in addition to general or special law relating to annexation, and includes procedures for annexation similar to general annexation law in Florida (Chapter 171, Florida Statutes).

Detailed information on the Boundary Adjustment Act including a comparison to general law is available in the staff Powerpoint presentation for the February 4, 2014 Special Meeting of the Board of County Commissioners.

On January 10, 2014, State legislators from the Alachua County area voted to introduce a bill to repeal the Boundary Adjustment Act. If the Boundary Adjustment Act were to be repealed by the Florida Legislature, then annexation by municipalities in Alachua County would be in accordance with Florida’s general annexation law. The provisions in the Boundary Adjustment Act relating to the designation of Reserve Areas and intergovernmental coordination would be eliminated if the Florida Legislature were to repeal the Act.