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HB 2991, if passed, would modify the Local Government Code
(Subchapter Z, Chapter 212) regarding regulations of minimum setback
requirements, related to mineral exploration and development. The two important
components of the bill would require that any setback requirements which have
already been adopted by a municipality, must be applied uniformly as a city
expands. The second change would be that those with authority to develop tracts
of land located within existing setbacks, may submit a waiver for an exception
from the municipality.
HB 2991 represents a marginal increase in property rights
protection. Given that the bill does not affect municipality laws, or
municipality expansion, it actually represents modest protections in the form
of forcing said parties to apply setback rule uniformly, and putting in place
waiver allowances in code. As such, we support HB 2991.