What would be needed to turn an unincorporated community into a legitimate town/city?

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What would be needed to turn an unincorporated community into a legitimate town/city?

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It depends on the jurisdiction, but generally it requires asking the relevant legislature to incorporate the area. In some areas, you can there’s a process to do it that doesn’t involve the legislature, just things like filing some forms and possibly organizing a vote of the area’s residents, but that’s not universal and the details vary.

Most needed? Money. As in a sustainable tax base.

If you’re in the US, everything is owned by someone, under the jurisdiction by someone.

You’d start the process by drawing up some borders and getting soft support of everyone that would be in this new town. Odds are they’re living in unincorporated territory for a reason, and may not be all that excited about incorporating.

Once you’ve got some borders and people that actually give a shit, you’ll go to whoever currently “rules” the area and ask them to make you a real city. Typically, if you’re not part of the city, you’re part of the county, so start there. Failing that, keep going up the ladder to State and even Federal government.

From there, the County will tell you what the process of “divorcing” is and how to create your own government. You’ll need to know how emergency services and taxation is going to work. Sometimes virtually nothing changes, and County Fire & Rescue are your first responders under County Tax. Other times, the new town wants their own services funded by their own Town tax dollars.

Good luck.