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The Texas City Limits Coalition was formed because we believe that every Texan should have a voice in their governance. Texans who live in or own property outside of a city’s limits, in what is called an Extra-Territorial Jurisdiction zone (ETJ zone), should have a say when a city’s rules and regulations affect them and their property. The Texas City Limits Coalition aims to acquire equal rights for all landowners by giving them the ability to participate in the democratic process of the city that governs them. We are a voice for every landowner and will serve as a platform to advocate on behalf of property rights.
In 1963, each municipality in Texas was afforded an ETJ zone by the Texas Local Government Code as a method of defining potential growth and future service boundaries. ETJ zones are areas directly outside a city’s territorial borders. Depending on the population, they span from half a mile to five miles outside of a city’s limits, although we have seen cities like Houston and San Antonio expanding past their afforded boundaries.
Texas landowners residing in these ETJ zones are forced to abide by city laws and city elected officials for whom they cannot vote. We want to change the 58-year-old law which makes that absurdity possible! Landowners should not be forced to abide by laws or politicians for which they could not vote. Cities that regulate unincorporated land control matters such as signage, subdivisions, and emergency services to name a few. If a city wants to restrict how a property owner uses their property outside the city limits, they should let those property owners vote in those city elections.
The Texas City Limits Coalition is helping all Texas landowners take control back, by giving them the ability to participate in the democratic process and by helping reduce city governance outside a city’s limits. We need to lessen the regulation imposed upon all landowners across the state as well as give each landowner a vote in the political representation within their municipality.