The Extra-Territorial Jurisdiction (ETJ) is a designated buffer area located just outside of the city limits. Each municipality is afforded an ETJ by the Texas Local Government Code as a method of defining potential growth and future service boundaries. An ETJ boundary cannot overlap with another municipality's ETJ, and property owners cannot elect which boundary they want to be part of, unless mutually agreed upon by the municipalities.
What is the Extent of an ETJ?
The extent of an ETJ is dependent on the population size of the municipality. A municipality's population only incorporates those within the City Limits and does not include the residents within the ETJ. An ETJ can extend as little as one-half mile (less than 5,000 inhabitants) or as much as 5 miles (100,000 inhabitants or more).
What Is Regulated in the City of Kennedale ETJ?
Land division is regulated through the Subdivision Process
The city may abate any public nuisance in the ETJ if it is a danger to the public health. Such nuisances typically consist of dumping, noxious odors, trash, rubbish, and junked/inoperable vehicles.
What Is Not Regulated in the City of Kennedale ETJ?
Zoning or land use- The city does not issue Certificate of Occupancies or building permits for properties located in the ETJ.
City Ordinances- except those related to public nuisances and safety
What Services Are Provided in the ETJ?
County Sheriff and Law Enforcement
Fire and Emergency Services through their applicable districts