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    Extraterritorial jurisdiction

    What determines the extent of a city's ETJ?
    Is it total acreage or square miles?
    Is there a formula or ratio?

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    Cyburbian Budgie's avatar
    Feb 2000
    Sans Souci


    In Kansas, extraterritorial jurisdiction for cities is set at a maximum of 3 miles from the city limits. However, counties that have adopted planning, zoning, and subdivision regulations have authority to the city limits. In practice each city and adjacent county should through prudent planning establish tiers of influence where jurisdictional powers are assigned through interlocal government agreement. This approach is more flexible and provides for better coordination between the city and county.

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    Apr 2006
    Houston, TX

    Texas ETJ standards

    In Texas, ETJ is granted based on population:

    Population ETJ
    Up to 4,999 1/2 mile
    5,000 to 24,999 1 mile
    25,000 to 49,999 2 miles
    50,000 to 99,999 3 1/2 miles
    over 100,000 5 miles

    Of course, when you hit the next threshhold, someone else's existing ETJ might block the expansion of yours, in which case its "first come, first served."

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