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Boyd city council OKs subdivision ordinance

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, February 10, 2018
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After tabling the updated subdivision ordinance last month to take a second look at fees, the Boyd city council approved the new regulations Tuesday night.

The updated subdivision ordinance will apply to developments in the city and extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ).

City Administrator Greg Arrington asked the council to delay passing the ordinance last month to get fees in line with other cities in the region.

In the updated ordinance, developers will have to pay $2,000 into an escrow account when submitting a plat. Professional fees will be taken out of the account until it reaches $500. At that point, the developer must provide an additional $2,000. All remaining escrow funds will be refunded within 30 days of the city’s approval of the plat.

The city will also charge $500 for the preliminary plat, $300 for final plat and construction plans and $300 for a re-plat. Developers will be responsible for a public works construction inspection fee of 3.5 percent of the estimated cost of the public improvements.

Arrington said he checked with many Wise County cities and also several towns in Denton and Parker counties on the fees.

“They are in line or lower than most of those,” Arrington said. “They are extremely reasonable and protect the city.”

The city is offering a pre-construction conference with builders to meet with staff to go over plans before they submitted them.

“The pre-development meeting for free is a big part of it,” said Mayor Rodney Holmes.

Along with establishing the fees, the ordinance establishes requirements for streets, sidewalks and water and sewer lines.

The ordinance upgrades standards for streets. Major thoroughfares will need to be 80 to 120 feet in width. Collector streets must be 80 feet wide and local streets 50. All streets must be concrete with a subgrade of eight inches.

The minimum water and sewer line size will be eight inches.

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