Rosenberg City Council members voted this week to release part of the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction to a municipal utility district.

There is an as yet-undeveloped area between MUD No. 176, otherwise known as Kingdom Heights, and its levee. The development is north of Rosenberg between FM 723 and the Brazos River According to city staff, the area is located in both Rosenberg’s and Richmond’s ETJs.

The Rosenberg-Richmond ETJ boundary in this general area bisects many properties and could benefit from adjustments for that reason, Community Development Director Travis Tanner told council. The MUD developer said he would like the area to be all in one jurisdiction for plat approvals.

“The proposed development and their preference to be all in Richmond’s ETJ was an opportunity for us to clean up some of those issues,” Tanner said. “This agreement provides for a common ETJ line between the two cities that doesn’t cut through any properties or utility districts or the fresh water supply that is also located up there.

“Of the acreage that Rosenberg is releasing, 18 of those acres include the Brazos River and the Kingdom Heights Levee.

“So, really, both cities are only releasing approximately 75 acres that doesn’t include the rover or levee.”

According to Tanner, the Richmond City Commission approved this item at its June meeting.

“The majority of this area is in the flood plain, so it has difficulties as far as future development and it would be highly restricted,” Tanner revealed. “But it’s still beneficial for both cities to get all the properties cleaned up and in one jurisdiction.”

Council member Lisa Wallingford made a motion to release the property. The motion was seconded by council member Jacob Balderas and passed unanimously.

The next council meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on July 16 at City Hall, located at 2110 Fourth St.

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