Resources regarding changes to city boundaries and special districts located within the City’s jurisdiction.

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City Policy Regarding Annexation

Annexation is the process by which cities extend their municipal services, regulations, voting privileges & taxing authority to new territory. By expanding the territory subject to city ordinances, regulations and codes, annexation improves the city’s economic base and enables Austin to manage growth & development.

In accordance with the City’s annexation policies described in the Imagine Austin comprehensive plan, the City should annex areas in order to:

  • Apply zoning and development standards, including environmental protection
  • Create efficiencies in service delivery, particularly for public safety services
  • Maximize the return on the City’s investment in infrastructure and business incentives
  • Protect and expand the tax base
  • Provide municipal services beyond those available in rural areas

Municipal annexations must follow the procedures outlined by the Texas Local Government Code. Annexation laws and procedures were changed significantly effective December 1, 2017. Please call staff for more information.
The Shady Hollow Municipal Utility District is planned for future full purpose annexation under an approved Strategic Partnership Agreement.

Annexation Hearings

On July 30, 2020, Council approved: Case C7a-2020-0002, authorizing the full purpose annexation of a 56-acre property adjacent to City Council District 2 in southeast Austin. The subject property is situated near McKinney Falls State Park between McKinney Falls and Burleson Road. The Travis County Property ID number is: 788675. The property also was released from the 5200 McKinney Falls Annexation and Development Agreement executed between the property owner and the City of Austin. The current land use is  agricultural. The annexation did not have an impact on the boundaries of Austin’s extraterritorial jurisdiction.

On June 4, 2020, Council approved: Case C7a-2020-0001 N FM 620 annexation area (approximately 9.4 acres) is located in Travis County at 11405, 11409 and 11411 North FM 620 Road. This area is currently in the City’s limited purpose jurisdiction in Austin City Council District 6 and is adjacent to Austin’s full purpose jurisdiction to the north. The proposed annexation area currently contains single-family homes and is proposed for development as low-density multifamily housing (MF-2). The annexation will not have an impact on the boundaries of Austin’s extraterritorial jurisdiction.

Additional Resources

City Policy Regarding Adjustment of ETJ Boundaries

The extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) is the unincorporated land within 5 miles of Austin’s full purpose city limit not within the city limits or ETJ of another city. Austin’s ETJ currently extends into 4 counties including Williamson, Travis, Hays, and Bastrop.  From time to time, two cities may agree to adjust their ETJ boundaries to achieve more logical boundaries. A City Council making a request for an ETJ adjustment should direct it to the Mayor with copies to the City Manager and appropriate Planning and Zoning Department staff. All adjustments are evaluated according to the City’s ETJ Policy in order to ensure that they will not negatively impact Austin’s interests.

City Policy Regarding Special Districts

Water Districts

Water districts are created to finance infrastructure for water, sewer, roads, drainage, and water quality as well as to maintain parks. Types of water districts include Municipal Utility Districts (MUDs) and Water Control and Improvement Districts (WCIDs). Developers who wish to create new water districts in the City's ETJ must request City consent before creation and meet the criteria described in the City's MUD Policy. Application forms can be found here.

Public Improvement Districts

A Public Improvement District (PID) is a tool that can be used to meet community needs by funding supplemental or enhanced public improvements or services that would not otherwise be constructed or provided in a timely manner. Property owners who wish to create new PIDs in the City's ETJ must request City consent before creation and meet the criteria described in the City's PID Policy.

Please refer to the updated fee schedule for current fees.