C.S.H.B. 3221 78(R) BILL ANALYSIS C.S.H.B. 3221 By: Bohac Border and International Affairs Committee Report (Substituted) BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Some confusion exists around platting requirements for counties near an international border. Currently, 232.022, Subchapter B of the Local Government Code - Subdivision Platting Requirements in a County Near An International Border, requires platting only for land subdivided into two or more lots intended primarily for residential use and that a lot is presumed to be intended primarily for residential use if the lot is five acres or less. Under 232.0015(f), Subchapter A of the Local Government Code - Platting Requirements in General, a lot is exempt from platting requirements in which all of the subdivisions are larger than 10 acres. C.S.H.B. 3221 would make clear that the owner of a tract of land located in a county near an international border and located outside of a municipality is not required to file a plat of the subdivision if all the lots in the subdivision are 10 acres or larger. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY This bill does not expressly delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state office, department, agency, or institution. ANALYSIS C.S.H.B. 3221 amends the Local Government Code to provide that a landowner whose land is outside of a municipality and in which all of the lots of his subdivision are ten acres or larger is not required to file a plat of this subdivision. EFFECTIVE DATE September 1, 2003. COMPARISON OF ORIGINAL TO SUBSTITUTE The substitute amends the original by clarifying that this section applies to lots that are ten acres or larger, rather than larger than ten acres. The substitute also makes non-substantive technical changes.