Texas Transportation Code
Sec. § 542.008
Traffic Regulations: Private Subdivisions in Certain Municipalities


This section applies only to a subdivision in which the roads are privately owned or maintained that is located in a municipality with a population of 300 or more.


On petition of 25 percent of the property owners residing in the subdivision or on the request of the governing body of the entity that maintains the roads, the governing body of the municipality may extend by ordinance any traffic rules that apply to a road owned by the municipality, or by the county in which the municipality is located, to the roads in the subdivision so that the roads of the subdivision are under the same traffic rules, if the governing body of the municipality finds the ordinance in the interest of the municipality generally. A petition under this subsection must specify the traffic rules that are sought to be extended. The ordinance may extend any or all of the requested rules.


As a condition of extending a traffic rule under Subsection (b), the governing body of the municipality may require that owners of property in the subdivision pay all or part of the cost of extending and enforcing the traffic rules in the subdivision, including the costs associated with the placement of necessary official traffic control devices. The governing body of the municipality shall consult with the appropriate law enforcement entity to determine the cost of enforcing traffic rules in the subdivision.


On issuance of an order under this section, the private roads in the subdivision are considered to be public highways or streets for purposes of the application and enforcement of the specified traffic rules. The governing body of the municipality may place official traffic control devices on property abutting the private roads if:


those devices relate to the specified traffic rule; and


the consent of the owner of that property is obtained or an easement is available for the placement.
Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 913, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.
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