Local Gov't Code Section 232.096
Timely Approval of Plats
(a)The planning commission shall issue a written list of the documentation and other information that must be submitted with a plat application. The documentation or other information must relate to a requirement authorized by law. An application submitted to the planning commission that contains the documents and other information on the list is considered complete.
(b)If a person submits an incomplete plat application to the planning commission, the planning commission or its designee shall, not later than the 15th business day after the date the planning commission or its designee receives the application, notify the applicant of the missing documents or other information. The planning commission or its designee shall allow an applicant to timely submit the missing documents or other information.
(c)An application is considered complete on the date all documentation and other information required by Subsection (a) is received by the planning commission.
(d)If the approval of the plat is within the exclusive jurisdiction of the planning commission, the planning commission shall take final action on a plat application, including the resolution of all appeals, not later than the 60th day after the date a completed plat application is received by the planning commission.
(e)The time period prescribed by Subsection (d) may be extended for:
(1)a reasonable period if requested by the applicant; and
(2)an additional 60 days if the county is required under Chapter 2007 (Governmental Action Affecting Private Property Rights), Government Code, to perform a takings impact assessment in connection with a plat submitted for approval.
(f)The planning commission may not compel an applicant to waive the time limits prescribed by this section.
(g)If the planning commission fails to take final action on the completed plat application as required by this section, the applicant may apply to a district court in the county in which the land is located for a mandamus order to compel the planning commission to approve or disapprove the plat. A planning commission subject to a mandamus order under this subsection shall make a decision approving or disapproving the plat not later than the 20th business day after the date a copy of the mandamus order is served on the presiding officer of the planning commission. If the planning commission approves the plat, the planning commission, within the 20-day period prescribed by this subsection, shall:
(1)refund the greater of the unexpended portion of any plat application fee or deposit or 50 percent of a plat application fee or deposit that has been paid;
(2)determine the appropriate amount of any bond or other financial guarantee required in connection with the plat approval; and
(3)issue documents recognizing the plat’s approval.
(h)Except as provided by this subsection, an approval of a plat by the planning commission is final on the 31st day after the date the planning commission votes to approve the plat. On the request of a county commissioner, the commissioners court shall review a plat approved by the planning commission not later than the 30th day after the date the planning commission votes to approve the plat. The commissioners court may disapprove the plat if the plat fails to comply with state law or rules adopted by the county or the planning commission. If the commissioners court fails to take action within the 30-day period prescribed by this subsection, the decision of the planning commission is final.
(i)In this section, “business day” means a day other than a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday recognized by this state.
Section 232.096 — Timely Approval of Plats,
https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/LG/htm/LG.232.htm#232.096 (accessed Nov. 25, 2023).