S.B. 177

                                                                                                                                          By: Brimer

                                                                                                          Land & Resource Management

                                                                                                       Committee Report (Unamended)






Currently, boards of adjustment (BOA) hear and adjudicate cases dealing with a city's zoning

ordinances. These cases are critical to the efficient development process within a city.  Smaller cities would like to have more than one BOA panel in order to expedite cases. An additional BOA panel would expedite the docket without asking a citizen volunteer board member to devote two work days a month to this volunteer job.


The purpose of S.B. 177 is to allow smaller cities to have more than one BOA panel in order to expedite cases.




It is the opinion of the committee that this bill does not grant any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, institution, or agency.




SECTION 1.               Amends Sections 211.014(a) and (b), Local Government Code, as follows:


                                    Provides that this section applies to a municipality with a population of                                           500,000 or more, rather than a population of 1.18 million or more.


                                    Requires a BOA to consist of one or more panels of at least five members,                                      rather than an absolute number of five members per panel, each to be                                              appointed for two-year terms.


SECTION 2.               Effective Date




Effective date is September 1, 2005 or immediately if approved by two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.