Should fast-growing counties have the authority to regulate land development?

LVW hosts a panel discussion to address issues regarding growth

In the decade between 1990 and 2000 Comal County's population increased by 50-percent.

Is it time for fast growing counties like Comal to be able to control growth in the unincorporated areas?

Representative Carter Casteel (HB 477) and Senator Jeff Wentworth (SB 142) have recently filed companion bills for just this purpose, in legislation entitled "An Act relating to the authority of a county to regulate land development after a local option election."

On Wednesday, March 23, 2005, at 7 p.m., the League of Women Voters - Comal Area will be hosting a panel discussion on this proposed legislation.

The event will be held at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative Auditorium, located in the central part of Comal County at 36101 FM 3159. The auditorium is the large building on the northern end of the GVTC campus, which is located about half a mile north of Hwy 46 on FM 3159 and about 4 miles to the east of Hwy 281.

The panel will include the following members: Comal County Commissioner for Precinct 2, Jay Millikin, who will represent the county government's point of view; Representative Carter Casteel will give a description of the bill and its reception from the statewide perspective; and Michael Moore, of Ironstone Development, who is also a member of the Texas Association of Builders, has agreed to give the developer's viewpoint on the proposed legislation.

The public is encouraged to attend and bring their questions concerning the issue.

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