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As required by the Texas Local Government Code, the City of Granbury held two public hearings on the proposed annexation. The first required hearing was held at 12:00 p.m. on May 7, 2019. The second required hearing was at held at 6:00 p.m. on May 7, 2019. With the closure of each of the public hearings, the time for public comments and public hearings has passed and no further comments shall be permitted.
The two main reasons Texas cities annex are to (a) exercise land use authority and (b) exercise taxing authority. A city’s land use authority allows the city to better protect its long-term interests regarding potentially incompatible land uses and to ensure safer, more enduring development projects. Taxing authority is a necessary tool for a city to be able to provide important public services (i.e. police, fire and infrastructure) to its residents.
A resident living outside the City limits currently pays County tax and school district taxes. Upon annexation, a City property tax would apply as well. The current City tax rate (as of 2018) is $0.399 per $100 valuation.
A hypothetical scenario of someone who may own 20 acres and have a residence on acreage would be impacted as follows:
The amount of City revenue that will ultimately be created by this annexation is yet to be determined, as Non-Annexation Development Agreements are in process. The fiscal impact on the City is not the driving force for the annexation.
The Hood Central Appraisal District administers and evaluates property values for taxing purposes. Questions regarding taxing and appraisal values should be directed to the Hood Central Appraisal District at 817-573-2471.
Continuing strategic growth management and developing an annexation plan to ensure responsible growth was part of the City’s Comprehensive Plan adoption process that began in 2015. The process included several public workshops and town hall meetings for the community to provide input. The Comprehensive Plan, adopted in 2016, represents the culmination of field studies, analysis, and input from citizens and City staff regarding the present and future development of the City of Granbury.
With consideration to the Comprehensive Plan, Granbury City Council adopted Resolution No. 19-12 on April 2, 2019, in which City of Granbury proposed to institute annexation proceedings to enlarge and extend the boundary limits of Granbury to include the territories in this map.
The 2019 proposed annexation’s Non-Annexation Development Agreements were distributed via certified mail to applicable property owners on April 5, 2019. Signed and completed agreements must be returned by May 31.
Public hearings were be held by and before the Granbury City Council at two times in the Granbury City Council Chambers at 116 W. Bridge St.: May 7 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) and May 7 at 6:00 p.m.
Additionally, there are strict timelines a city must follow for annexation proceedings. More information about the Local Government Code and annexations can be found at the following link: http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/?link=LG
The 2019 proposed annexation’s Non-Annexation Development Agreements were distributed via certified mail to applicable property owners on April 5, 2019. If executed for an area, the area will not be annexed into the City for up to ten (10) years, provided that they do not develop sell, develop, or subdivide their property and they maintain their agricultural exemption in good status. A sample version of the Non-Annexation Development Agreement is available here.
Right-of-way maintenance priorities are determined on a City-wide basis taking into consideration factors such as street width, volume of traffic, street conditions, and public safety hazards. Roads and streets are annexed if they fall within the area to be annexed. Roads and streets running along the perimeter of an annexation area are generally annexed.
Properties that can tie-on to City water and sewer lines may do so immediately after annexation. There are fees associated with this process, and all tie-ons must meet TCEQ standards.
Properties with water well and septic systems may continue use of those systems. If a redrill or reconstruction takes place with those systems, the property owner must either tie-on to City lines or seek a waiver.
As a general rule, any use that lawfully existed prior to annexation may continue after annexation. It is the responsibility of the property owner to register the non-conformity with the city within three (3) months after the annexation. However, there are a few exceptions for uses such as sexually-oriented businesses, storage of hazardous substances, and the sale of fireworks. Health and safety codes must be complied with immediately.
Notices to property owner requesting that they register their non-conformity will be sent out by the city following any final annexation. Finally, following the annexation and proper registration of the non-conformity, a nonconforming (grandfathered) use may not expand or intensify without permission from the City. A change of ownership does not affect a grandfathered status. However, the change in ownership is cause for the owner or tenant to update the Certificate of Occupancy – Nonconforming on-file with the City.
As with other cities, Granbury requires permitting and inspection of construction in order to protect consumers from potential poor construction practices and the health and safety hazards as well as financial issues that could result from substandard construction. Questions regarding building permits should be directed to the Building Inspections office at 817-573-1114 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Should you need assistance with animal control, it will be handled on a case-by-case basis depending on the location and type of animal. Residents can always call the Police Department with questions (817-573-2648). Additionally, Hood County provides free removal of nuisance animals from privately owned traps during normal business hours.
If a Non-Annexation Development Agreement was executed for an area (which means it will not be annexed into the City for up to ten (10) years under certain conditions, as mentioned above), the area can be hunted upon.
No. Private roads, lakes, and designated HOA common areas would remain private after annexation.
More information about the Local Government Code and annexations can be found at the following link: http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/?link=LG
The City's website provides a wealth of information regarding City services and regulations. The City’s code of ordinances is available online.