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Relating to the apportionment of infrastructure costs in regard to
certain property development projects.
No fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
SB 1510 would seek to prohibit counties from requiring developers to pay the costs of exorbitant infrastructure improvements as a part of a property development project agreement. The bill would require a developer’s portion of the costs to not exceed the amount required for infrastructure improvements roughly proportionate to the proposed development as approved by a professionally licensed county engineer. The bill would additionally provide for an appeals process by which the developer could appeal costs that it deems to be more than required.
Texas Action supports SB 1510 for promoting the principles of free markets and limited government. This statute already exists for municipalities, and by applying it to counties the state can ensure that counties do not force developers to pay disproportionate shares of their infrastructure costs as a prerequisite for doing business with them.