On June 7, 2010, the City Council of the City of Mesquite adopted Resolution No. 24-2010 directing that notice be given to affected property owners of the City's intent to annex approximately 2.0 square miles of extraterritorial jurisdiction in Kaufman County.
View the area under consideration for annexation.
While overall development activity has been slow during the current recession, many cities, landowners and developers have been using the time to prepare for future growth. The City of Mesquite has recently concluded a development agreement with the owner of 147 acres at the interchange of IH-20 and FM741 for a mixed-use town center project. Just to the south, the Heartland residential development is continuing to build homes at a rapid pace. The new rooftops in and around Mesquite's extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) are starting to fuel a demand for greater convenience to goods, services and jobs serving the area. Much of the retail, office or industrial development that springs up in response to this demand will locate on the most valuable frontage in the IH-20 corridor.
Although it is impossible to predict the exact timetable for growth in western Kaufman County, the reality is that growth will occur. Growth will present serious challenges for Mesquite. State law gives cities only limited control over the quality of development in their extraterritorial jurisdiction. Mesquite cannot impose zoning in its ETJ. This means that any number of undesirable, unsightly and wasteful land uses can locate along IH-20. As one of the major gateways into the City, the IH-20 corridor must be protected. Through annexation, the City can guide future development in a way that enacts Mesquite's long-term vision and helps advance a sensible and more sustainable growth pattern for the region.
What's the Next Step?
Notices were mailed on June 18, 2010, to all affected property owners in the area to be annexed. For purposes of this notice, the City relied upon the records furnished by the Kaufman County appraisal district. The City also sent notices to public and private entities that provide services in the area proposed for annexation.
The City Council will hold three public hearings on the proposed annexation. This Website includes official announcements on the dates, times and locations for the hearings. At the hearings, all interested persons may address the City Council concerning the proposed annexation and the City's Service Plan for extending full municipal services to the area to be annexed.
A Special Message for the Owners of Land Appraised for
Wildlife Management or Timber Land
This message applies to you if you are an owner of property in the area proposed for annexation and that property is appraised for ad valorem tax purposes as land for agricultural or wildlife management use under Subchapter C or D, Chapter 23, Tax Code, or as timber land under Subchapter E of that chapter.
In lieu of annexation, the owner of property that is appraised for agriculture, wildlife management or timber land is entitled to enter into a development agreement with the City of Mesquite under Sections 43.035 and 212.172 of the Texas Local Government Code that would:
- Guarantee the continuation of the extraterritorial status of the property for a limited period of time, and
- Authorize the City of Mesquite to enforce all regulations and planning authority that do not interfere with the use of the property for agriculture, wildlife management or timber.
So long as the development agreement is in effect, the City of Mesquite will not annex the property. The agreement would become void if the property owner files any type of subdivision plat or related development document for the property with any governmental entity that has jurisdiction over the property, regardless of how the area is appraised for ad valorem tax purposes.
The City mailed offers to enter into a development agreement on June 18, 2010, along with the Notice of Intent to Annex. If you believe that you own qualifying property, please follow the instructions to complete and return the pink form that was included with the offer as soon as possible. The form should be mailed or hand delivered to the City Planning Division, 1515 N. Galloway Avenue, Mesquite, TX 75149 on or before 5:00 p.m. Friday, July 9, 2010. If the form is not returned to the City Planning Division on or before that date and time, the City will consider the offer to enter into a development agreement DECLINED and will proceed with the proposed annexation of the property.
For More Information
This Website will be updated as more information about annexation becomes available. Please check back often for updates.
Frequently Asked Questions
Interested persons may also call, write or visit the Mesquite Department of Community Development at:
Mesquite City Hall
1515 N. Galloway
Mesquite, TX 75149
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