Over 100 Pack Council Meeting to Talk ETJ Regulations

By: Ashlea Sigman Email
By: Ashlea Sigman Email

Over one hundred people packed the College Station City Council chambers Wednesday evening to discuss building regulation changes in the ETJ.

The ETJ, or extra territorial jurisdiction, is a three-and-a-half-mile area outside the College Station city limits, that the city will eventually annex.

City planners wanted to require the minimum lot size in the ETJ be changed to two acres, to help control growth.

They say home owners in rural neighborhoods inside the ETJ requested the changes because of some of the drainage and transportation issues associated with densely packed new developments being built there.

At Wednesday's council meeting, many of the people in attendance had strong opinions.

"We know that growth should and will occur but we don't feel this growth should be completely at odds with existing neighborhoods," said a resident of the Willow Run subdivision.

"I don't understand why this council is trying to regulate property out in the ETJ when we couldn't vote for you and therefore it's taxation without representation," said one ETJ resident.

"The way to regulate growth is to embrace it and plan for it and prepare for it, not push it away," said one speaker.

"That property cost me $35,000 and I will be sitting on a piece of property that I cannot sell either, because who's going to want it because they can't do anything with it," said another speaker.

Council members adopted a one acre minimum lot size as well as a minimum lot width of 100 feet along subdivision roads in the ETJ.

The council agreed to work with Brazos County Commissioners to discuss other minimum lot size options for the area. Members also voted to discontinue allowing builders to submit master plans, and thus be locked into current regulations earlier in the development process.

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