Annexation

Updated as of October 2017

Revised Development Agreements

On Friday, October 27, 2017, certain property owners were notified that the City’s development agreement was being revised.  The City Council has been listening during the public hearings to concerns of property owners and directed City staff to make changes to key provisions.  Those changes include:

  • All development agreements will have a term of forty-five (45) years. 
  • Certain types of new construction will be allowed on the property without invalidating the agreement and triggering immediate annexation.

Instructions:

If you have property with a qualified agricultural, wildlife management, or timber land ad valorem tax exemption:

Download a copy of the revised development agreement.

Check the box for Section 1(a)

Insert the parcel number assigned by either the Kaufman County or Dallas County Appraisal District.  Please do no list multiple parcel numbers in the same agreement.  USE A NEW DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT FOR EACH PARCEL YOU OWN WITH AN AG-EXEMPTION.

Attach a legal description of the property (this will become Exhibit A-1)

Describe the current uses taking place on the property (this will become Exhibit B)

On page 12, check the Effective Date, complete the recording information and mailing address

Have ALL owners sign the agreement, properly notarized (For your convenience, notaries are available in the Planning & Development Services Office, 1515 N. Galloway, Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, without charge)

If you have been offered the opportunity to enter into a development agreement even though the property does not have an agricultural exemption:

Download a copy of the revised development agreement.

Check the box for Section 1(b)

Insert the parcel number assigned by either the Kaufman County or Dallas County Appraisal District.  Please do no list multiple parcel numbers in the same agreement.

Attach a legal description of the property (this will become Exhibit A-2)

Describe the current uses taking place on the property (this will become Exhibit C)

On page 12, check the Effective Date, complete the recording information and mailing address

Have ALL owners sign the agreement, properly notarized (For your convenience, notaries are available in the Planning & Development Services Office, 1515 N. Galloway, Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, without charge)

Change in time to return development agreements:

Due to schedule changes and the desire to complete negotiations well before passage of the annexation ordinance, the City will require that executed agreements be filed with the City Secretary at 1515 N. Galloway, Mesquite, Texas, 75149, no later than 12:00 noon on Friday, November 10, 2017.

Negotiations:

You may request additional changes to the development agreement, but please keep in mind that ultimately the City Council must approve the agreement to effect the changes.  City staff is available to meet with you individually any time between the hours of 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday, beginning immediately through November 9, 2017, to attempt to negotiate a development agreement on terms acceptable to you and the City.  Please contact us at 972-329-8380 to schedule an appointment.  If you are represented by legal counsel, please inform us and include your attorney in any meeting if possible.

Here is a link to our Annexation Frequently Asked Questions.

Here is a link to an Annexation Letter to Mesquite Citizens from the City Council.

Interested persons may also call, write or visit the Mesquite Department of Planning & Development Services at: Mesquite City Hall, 1515 N. Galloway Avenue, Mesquite, TX 75149 or call 
972-216-6344.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING #1

CITY OF MESQUITE, TEXAS

Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held by the Mesquite City Council for the purpose of considering annexation of approximately 8.625 square miles of territory within the City’s extraterritorial jurisdiction.  The first of three public hearings will be held October 16, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chamber, City Hall, 757 North Galloway Avenue, Mesquite, Texas.  All interested parties are hereby notified and invited to appear and be heard concerning the proposed annexation.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING #2

CITY OF MESQUITE, TEXAS

Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held by the Mesquite City Council for the purpose of considering annexation of approximately 8.625 square miles of territory within the City’s extraterritorial jurisdiction.  The second of three public hearings will be held October 23, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chamber, City Hall, 757 North Galloway Avenue, Mesquite, Texas, provided that the time and place of this meeting may be changed if necessary per Texas Local Government Code, Chapter 43.063(b), if a suitable site is reasonably available.  All interested parties are hereby notified and invited to appear and be heard concerning the proposed annexation.


NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING #3

CITY OF MESQUITE, TEXAS

Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held by the Mesquite City Council for the purpose of considering annexation of approximately 5.714 square miles of territory within the City’s extraterritorial jurisdiction.  A public hearing will be held on October 26, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. at Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, 15515 IH 20 at Lumley Road, Mesquite, Texas.  All interested parties are hereby notified and invited to appear and be heard concerning the proposed annexation.  This public hearing is in addition to the October 16, October 23, and November 6 public hearings to be held at 7:00 p.m. at 757 North Galloway Avenue, Mesquite, Texas.

This is a relocation of the public hearing previously published as being held at Heartland Fellowship Baptist Church. On October 24, 2017, the church notified the City of Mesquite that the church would no longer be available for the public hearing.


NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING #4

CITY OF MESQUITE, TEXAS

Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held by the Mesquite City Council for the purpose of considering annexation of approximately 5.714 square miles of territory within the City’s extraterritorial jurisdiction.  This public hearing will be held November 6, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chamber, City Hall, 757 North Galloway Avenue, Mesquite, Texas.  All interested parties are hereby notified and invited to appear and be heard concerning the proposed annexation.


NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING #5

CITY OF MESQUITE, TEXAS

Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held by the Mesquite City Council for the purpose of considering annexation of approximately 5.714 square miles of territory within the City’s extraterritorial jurisdiction.  This is an additional public hearing and will be held November 13, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chamber, City Hall, 757 North Galloway Avenue, Mesquite, Texas.  All interested parties are hereby notified and invited to appear and be heard concerning the proposed annexation.

 

 

Scheduled Public Hearings

All interested parties are invited to appear and be heard concerning the proposed annexation.

Monday, October 16, at 7 p.m., City Council Chamber, City Hall, 757 N. Galloway Ave. Watch the video of the meeting.

Monday, October 23, at 7 p.m., City Council Chamber, City Hall, 757 N. Galloway Ave. Watch the video of the meeting.

Thursday, October 26, at 7:30 p.m., Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, 15515 IH 20 at Lumley Rd. Watch the video of the meeting.

Monday, November 6, at 7 p.m., City Council Chamber, City Hall, 757 N. Galloway

Monday, November 13, at 7 p.m., City Council Chamber, City Hall, 757 N. Galloway


PROPOSED ANNEXATION

On September 5, 2017, the City Council of the City of Mesquite adopted Resolution No. 34-2017 and 35-2017 directing that notice be given to affected property owners of the City’s intent to annex approximately 8.625 square miles of extraterritorial jurisdiction in Dallas and Kaufman Counties. View the areas under consideration for annexation.

The City of Mesquite is one of the few first-ring suburbs of Dallas with room to grow.  Within the last year, a group of stakeholders composed of residents, landowners and service providers created a future vision for development in Kaufman County, and along the IH-20 corridor in particular.  The participants envisioned new growth throughout Mesquite’s extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ), including industry, mixed-use town centers and residential subdivisions of varying densities.  To enable the vision and address gaps in critical service, the Public Works Department has completed water and wastewater studies and commenced design to supply infrastructure to properties not under the jurisdiction of other private entities.  The City also annexed approximately 200 acres at FM741 and High Country Lane for single-family homes.  Nearby, the Heartland residential development is continuing to build homes at a rapid pace.  The new rooftops in and around Mesquite’s ETJ are generating 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 within 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 and adjacent to homes.  Mesquite is also hampered in its ability to protect homeowners from unwanted nuisances that negatively affect their property values.  As one of the major gateways into the City, the IH-20 corridor must be protected. Through annexation, the City can protect and preserve property values for all property owners and 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 September 13, 2017, 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 Dallas County and Kaufman County appraisal districts.  The City also sent notices to public and private entities that provide services in the area proposed for annexation.

The City Council will hold 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 Plans for extending full municipal services to the area to be annexed.

Service Plan and Map Area I
Service Plan and Map Area II
Service Plan and Map Area III
Service Plan and Map Area IV


A Special Message for the Owners of Land Appraised for Agriculture,

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:

  1. Guarantee the continuation of the extraterritorial status of the property for a limited period of time, and
  2. 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 September 13, 2017, along with the Notice of Intent to Annex. NOTE: As of November 1, 2017, all property owners with a qualifying agricultural exemption according to the Dallas County or Kaufman County Appraisal District should have received a development agreement. Those owners who received the first version of the development agreement were re-notified and directed to this website to download the latest version (see above). To complete processing prior to passage of the annexation ordinance, the executed agreements must be filed with the City Secretary at 1515 N. Galloway, Mesquite, Texas, 75149, no later than 12:00 noon on Friday, November 10, 2017. If you own property with a qualifying agricultural exemption and have not received a copy of the development agreement for consideration, please refer to the section of this website under “Revised Development Agreements.” Download a copy of the development agreement and follow the instructions for Section 1(a).