S.B. 954 78 )    BILL ANALYSIS

S.B. 954
By: Madla
County Affairs
Committee Report (Unamended)


Currently, Texas law gives counties an implied authorization, whereby if
the county fails to review and approve submitted plats within 60 days, the
county reimburses half of the review fee charged to the developer. As
proposed, S.B. 954 gives Texas counties explicit authority to charge a
developer a fee for the purpose of reviewing and approving plats and
construction plans associated with a new development. 


It is the committee's opinion that this bill does not expressly grant any
additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or


SECTION 1. Amends Chapter 232A, Local Government Code, by adding Section
232.0021, as follows: 
Sec. 232.0021. PLAT APPLICATION FEE. (a) Authorizes the commissioners
court to impose an application fee to cover the cost of the county's
review of a subdivision plat and inspection of street, road, and drainage
improvements described by the plat. 

(b) Authorizes the fee to vary based on the number of proposed lots in the
subdivision, the acreage described by the plat, the type or extent of
proposed street and drainage improvements, or any other reasonable
criteria as determined by the commissioners court. 

 ) Requires the owner of the tract to be subdivided to pay the fee at the
time directed by 
the county before the county conducts a review of the plat.

(d) Provides that the fee is subject to refund under Section 232.0025(I).

SECTION 2. Effective date: September 1, 2003.
  Makes application of this Act prospective.


This Act takes effect immediately if it receives a vote of two-thirds of
all members elected to each house, as provided by Section 39, Article III,
Texas Constitution.  If this Act does not receive the vote necessary for
immediate effect, this Act takes effect September 1, 2003.