Pending Annexations

Chitwood/Wentz Tract Annexation

On October 21, 2014, the City of Buda initiated annexation proceedings on the Chitwood Tract, a 76.80 acre property located on the west side of FM 967, south of Cullen Country Subdivision, east of Whispering Hollow subdivision and north of the Saint Elizabeth's Episcopal Church. This annexation was initiated on the petition of the landowner and is a voluntary annexation.

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The next steps in the process are as follows:
  • October 31, 2014 - Deadline to send notices to property owners and utility & service providers
  • November 12, 2014 - Notice of 1st Public Hearing Published in Newspaper
  • December 2, 2014 - 1st Public Hearing before City Council
  • December 3, 2014 - Notice of 2nd Public Hearing Published in Newspaper
  • December 16, 2014 - 2nd Public Hearing before City Council
  • January 6, 2015 - City Council Considers Ordinance to Complete Annexation

A parallel zoning process is also taking place on the following schedule:
  • December 9, 2014 - Public Hearing and recommendation from Planning & Zoning Commission
  • January 6, 2015 - Public Hearing and consideration of ordinance to zone the subject property

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About Annexation

Annexation is the process of bringing property into the City limits. An ordinance, which must be approved by the City Council, is required to make an annexation effective. The State of Texas grants authority to cities to annex territory in two different manners:

  • Annexation can be requested by a property owner (voluntary exempted process)
  • City can annex a property without the consent of the owner (non-voluntary process).
All annexations must be carried out according to State law and the City Charter. As a home rule City of more than 5,000 people, Buda has the authority to annex property contiguous with, and within one mile of its current city limits following procedures consistent with Chapter 43 of the Texas Local Government Code.

Exempted Annexations will be initiated when the City receives a petition for voluntary annexation from property owners. The City will then adopt a resolution initiating the annexation exempted annexation area process. The City will hold two public hearings and two ordinance readings to approve a voluntary annexation. The annexation is completed upon second reading of the ordinance, which includes adoption of a municipal service plan for the newly annexed area.

Non-Voluntary Annexations, without the consent of the property owner, must be completed following very specific guidelines of Chapter 43 of the Texas Local Government Code. Some of the requirements for annexation related to Chapter 43 are listed below.

  • Providing a legal description of the property/properties that the City wishes to annex;
  • Creating a Municipal Service Plan for each of the areas to spell out the City’s responsibilities for police and fire protection, solid waste collection and disposal, maintenance of roads, streets and drainage, maintenance of water and wastewater facilities, street lighting, and other services;
  • Defining areas exempted from the plan requirement that still may be non-voluntarily annexed (Chapter 43.052 (h) (1));
  • Maximum amount of territory a city may annex each year;
  • Minimum width and configuration of the property being annexed; and
  • Notification requirements for the required public hearings.
In some cases, Chapter 43 creates a three-year planning process for the City to undertake with the affected property owners. The City of Buda has not undertaken annexations that trigger Chapter 43’s requirements for a Three-Year Annexation Plan.