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Regulatory battle in Collin County

Recently, a battle has arisen in Collin County regarding how much regulatory power cities in the county have when it comes to land development in a certain type of area.

The type of area in question is land that is in the extraterritorial jurisdictions of the cities of the county. What is an extraterritorial jurisdiction? It is an unincorporated area outside of a city's borders that a city plans to one day annex, but has not yet annexed.

The battle regards what sorts of regulations cities are allowed to apply in their extraterritorial jurisdictions. Cities in the county argue they should be allowed to apply their building construction regulations in these areas when it comes to commercial and residential developments in the areas. Several cities in the county recently made efforts to get the county's Commissioners Court to allow them to issue building permits in these jurisdictions.  

The Commissioners Court, thus far, has rebuffed these efforts, denying requests the cities have made regarding this issue. The county judge has said that cities in the county need to formally annex their extraterritorial jurisdictions if they want their building regulations to apply to development projects in these jurisdictions.  

The state attorney general has been asked by the county to weigh in on this dispute. One wonders what the attorney general will ultimately say on the matter. One also wonders what the ultimate result of this battle will be.

What sort of regulatory power cities have in different areas can be incredibly impactful on commercial developers. It can greatly affect what sorts of things such developers can, cannot and are required to do when it comes to development projects they are involved in.

Business law attorneys can help commercial developers stay up to date on what regulations apply in the areas their development projects are located in and can provide legal support to developers who have ended up in regulatory disputes with cities or other government bodies. 

Source: The Dallas Morning News, "Collin County cities push for more say beyond their borders," Julieta Chiquillo, July 6, 2015

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