Annexation

On July 18, 2016, the City Council of the City of Mesquite adopted Resolution No. 31-2016 directing that notice be given to affected property owners of the City’s intent to annex approximately 0.28 square miles of extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) in Kaufman County.  View the area under consideration for annexation.

This is a voluntary annexation.  The property has been under a development agreement and immune from annexation since 2010.  The agreement provides that in the event an entity files any permit application or development plan other than for agricultural buildings, the property is subject to immediate annexation.  In that instance, the owner is deemed to have filed a voluntary petition for annexation.  The owner of this property filed a complete submittal for a new community plan on May 5, 2016.

While overall development activity had slowed during the recession, many cities, landowners and developers were using the time to prepare for the next opportunity for growth. Now the City of Mesquite is growing again. This annexation will bring the total land annexed by the City since 2010 to 324 acres. Plans for development have already begun or are scheduled to soon begin on much of the land from the 2006 and 2010 annexations as well as the land currently proposed for annexation.

The proposed annexation is expected to host a low-density, clustered housing development, bringing more families out to Kaufman County and drive an even greater demand for smart, long-term economic and civic developments.  A few years ago the City 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. Meanwhile, just to the south, the Heartland residential development is continuing to build homes at a rapid pace.  These planned residential developments in Mesquite, the City’s extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ), and nearby have been fueling a demand for greater convenience to goods, services, and jobs serving the area.

Although it is impossible to predict the exact timetable for growth in western Kaufman County, the reality is that growth will occur.  Such growth offers great opportunity for Mesquite, but if not tempered wisely it can also present serious challenges for the City.  State law grants 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 the IH-20 corridor and surrounding lands.  As one of the major gateways into the City, the aesthetic and functional nature of the IH-20 corridor must be protected.  Through annexation, the City can guide future development in a way that enables 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 August 2, 2016, 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.

For More Information

This website will be updated as more information about annexation becomes available.  Please check back often for updates.

Interested persons may also call, write or visit the Mesquite Department of Planning and Development Services at:

Mesquite City Hall
1515 N. Galloway Avenue
Mesquite, TX 75149
Telephone: 972-216-6343