The city of Kissimmee and Osceola County finalized the approval of an interlocal agreement on Feb. 18 to annex 35 small enclaves within existing city limits.

Annexed properties will become a part of the city and will be entitled to all respective benefits and services. Annexed properties, currently receiving service from Waste Management, will continue to utilize their service until the end of the city and county’s fiscal year, Monday, Sept. 30. The city’s sanitation department will then provide such service.  Three city bins will be delivered the first week of September to newly annexed properties for household waste, yard debris and recyclable items.

As for the zoning of the properties, the city is committed to limiting the impact annexation has on property owners and has committed to zone properties compatible or superior with their existing Osceola County zoning, city officials said.

As part of this commitment, the city adopted an ordinance which allows for the “grandfathering” of non-conforming uses within annexed properties.

Additionally, the city’s law enforcement, fire and EMS professionals will be providing services to the annexed properties instead of the previously designated Osceola County Fire Rescue and the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office.

According to a city press release, the Kissimmee Fire Department has an ISO Class 1 rating, which is the highest fire rating available. As for the Kissimmee Police Department, officers have the ability to provide more concentrated coverage.  Newly annexed residents will benefit from the city’s public safety services as it’s a top priority to the municipality, officials said.

This interlocal agreement will allow the city to provide high quality service in an effective manner, according to the press release.

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