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Relating to the applicability of certain municipal ordinances in
the municipality’s extraterritorial jurisdiction.
No fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
HB 3750 would prohibit a municipality from enforcing in its extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) a municipal ordinance that imposes cut and fill depth requirements, or other water quality regulations, on a project that are more stringent that the applicable minimum state and federal water quality requirements (unless the project is in an aquifer recharge or contributing zone or in the drainage basin of a river designated by TCEQ as having a high aquatic life use in the Texas Surface Water Quality Standards).
Texas Action supports HB 3750 because it supports limited government, individual liberty, and property rights. Individuals who prefer smaller government and fewer central services live outside the city limits for a reason. Municipalities should not be able to impose regulations of any kind on their ETJs in order to influence land use.