Texas Local Government Code

Sec. § 212.1351
Justification for Moratorium: Significant Need for Public Facilities; Written Findings Required


Except as provided by Section 212.1352 (Justification for Commercial Moratorium in Certain Circumstances; Written Findings Required), a moratorium that is not based on a shortage of essential public facilities is justified only by demonstrating a significant need for other public facilities, including police and fire facilities. For purposes of this subsection, a significant need for public facilities is established if the failure to provide those public facilities would result in an overcapacity of public facilities or would be detrimental to the health, safety, and welfare of the residents of the municipality. The municipality must issue written findings based on reasonably available information.


The written findings must include a summary of:


evidence demonstrating that applying existing development ordinances or regulations and other applicable laws is inadequate to prevent the new development from causing the overcapacity of municipal infrastructure or being detrimental to the public health, safety, and welfare in an affected geographical area;


evidence demonstrating that alternative methods of achieving the objectives of the moratorium are unsatisfactory; and


evidence demonstrating that the municipality has approved a working plan and time schedule for achieving the objectives of the moratorium.
Added by Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 1321 (H.B. 3461), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2005.

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