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Committee: Senate Intergovernmental Relations
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report to the 80th Texas Legislature
Subjects: Affordable housing | Colonias | Counties | Flood plains | Grants | Homeowners' associations | Homeownership | Land use regulations | Municipal utility districts | Red light running | Special taxing districts | Special utility districts | Traffic cameras | Wine and wine industry |
Library Call Number: L1836.79 L786
Session: 79th R.S. (2005)
Online version: View report [257 pages  File size: 23,433 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study and make recommendations regarding the regulatory authority of counties in relation to development in unincorporated areas, including public safety and public health regulations, and the authority of counties to prevent new colonias development without sufficient water, wastewater, and other infrastructure.
2. Study and make recommendations relating to the use of funds collected from red light camera citations.
3. Study and make recommendations regarding the relationship between cities and special utility districts, including the formation of special utility districts in the extraterritorial jurisdiction of cities, and the ability of those districts to meet the future service needs of residents; the number of special utility districts currently existing and their effect on the overall property tax burden; as well as the significant growth/creation of special utility districts and their effect on the provision of services to residents.
4. Study and make recommendations relating to counties' ability to apply for and receive state and federal grants. Focus on assessing the impact and use of grant funds, on streamlining the process, and upon the impact and options available for counties without incorporated cities and towns.
5. Examine and make recommendations relating to the appropriateness and advisability of adopting the "Texas Uniform Planned Community Act," as published by the State Bar of Texas Subcommittee on Property Owners Associations, as the enabling statute to establish a comprehensive and uniform framework for the creation and operation of residential planned communities
6. Study the implementation and impact of legislation passed by the 79th Legislature to increase the economic impact of the Texas Wine Industry on the state's economy and make recommendations, as appropriate.
7. Study the status of floodplain mapping in Texas communities and the scope of local governments' floodplain development management authority and make recommendations, as necessary, to enable communities to provide accurate floodplain data and management plans that will facilitate more favorable insurance rates and better protect the lives and property of Texas residents in the event of a natural disaster.
8. Study the home ownership rate for low-income Texans. Make recommendations for increasing home ownership. Analyze options for enhancing Low Income Housing Tax Credits and include costs and benefits to the state.
Committee: House Natural Resources
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Natural Resources, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 2006 : a report to the House of Representatives, 80th Texas Legislature
Subjects: Environmental flows | Irrigation | Municipal utility districts | Soil erosion | Special utility districts | Wastewater management | Water conservation | Water districts | Water rights |
Library Call Number: L1836.79 N218h
Session: 79th R.S. (2005)
Online version: View report [68 pages  File size: 8,003 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Explore the benefits and concerns associated with Municipal Utility Districts (MUDs), including as assessment of the appropriateness of granting districts the additional powers of other special districts. Evaluate the impact of MUDs on economic growth and development, as well as the overall tax implications, including and evaluation of the provision of municipal and county services on residents lining in MUDs. Review public disclosure and notification requirements associated with MUDs, as well as bonding authority of some districts.
2. Consider the potential for increased outdoor water savings through landscape water conservation, including irrigation audit requirements, turf replacement programs, and the provision of certain landscape options for prospective home buyers.
3. Examine state wastewater re-use policies, including an assessment of potential changes or clarifications to the Texas Water Code.
4. Continue the study of the Commission on Water for Environmental Flows, and further evaluate options for providing adequate environmental flows.
5. Determine if a new comprehensive water conservation program is needed within the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board, focusing on water conservation and water supply enhancement. (Joint interim charge with the House Committee on Agriculture and Livestock)

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