Are you concerned about unpleasant surprises like huge rock quarries or multi-acre gas stations showing up near your neighborhood?
Comal County commissioners have limited authority over what gets built in unincorporated areas.
Pct. 4 Commissioner Jen Crownover, Comal County Conservation Alliance President Elizabeth Bowerman and Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance Executive Director Annalisa Peace will discuss possible workarounds to promote “civilized and rational” growth in one of the fastest-growing areas in the country at noon, Nov. 16 at Tye Preston Memorial Library, 16311 S. Access Rd.
‘County Authority on Land Use’ is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Comal Area (LWV-CA), which will livestream the meeting and post a recording to its YouTube channel, @LWV Comal Area.
Crownover will outline limits of county authority as set out in Texas’s constitution. Bowerman will delineate the detrimental effects of lack of authority on the environment. Peace will discuss efforts to expand the limits of county authority and explain how some counties have worked around them.
“We need to provide county governments with effective means for planning appropriate land uses within their own counties and across county lines,” Peace said.
LWV-CA believes Comal County commissioners, with voter approval, should be granted additional regulatory authority from the state legislature for making land-use decisions.
In its land-use statement, the league suggests the county be able to implement impact fees on developers of new subdivisions; require minimum fire-suppression systems in new subdivisions; require improvements to roadways and drainage systems serving new subdivisions; limit the amount of impervious cover to increase recharge and limit runoff in new subdivisions; require subdivision restrictions that promote water-conserving landscapes; and require natural areas, or neighborhood parks, in new areas.