City of Boyd works to upgrade subdivision rules

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, January 6, 2018

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In roundtable discussions with city officials, 10 developers have mentioned possible projects they could bring to Boyd or its extra territorial jurisdiction (ETJ) over the past two months.

The potential projects included hundreds of single-family homes.

“There’s multiple things developers have talked about at the roundtable talks,” said Boyd City Administrator Greg Arrington.

Before any of the proposed projects come to fruition, the city is looking to update its subdivision ordinance. The city council took a first glance at the updated regulations for streets, water lines and fees for developers at Monday’s meeting. The council will hold a public hearing and consider approving the ordinance Jan. 16.

“We’re upgrading our regulations and making sure we’re where we need to be,” said Boyd Mayor Rodney Holmes. “We want to work with the builders and streamline the process for them and us.

“Growth is coming if we want it or not. It’s our responsibility to make sure we’re doing things the right way to prepare.”

Holmes praised Arrington’s work to set up the roundtable discussions for developers to talk with city engineers and other officials about projects.

“It’s been a neat deal. It allows builders to sit down with the engineers,” Holmes said. “They can tell us their plans, and we can say this is what it’s going to cost.”

A major part of the subdivision regulation update is the new filing fees. The preliminary plat fee will increase from $100 to $1,500, plus all professional fees. There is a new $1,000 charge for final plat and construction plans along with charges to cover any professional fees.

The public works construction inspection fee was lowered from 5 to 3.5 percent of the estimated cost of public improvements.

“We are having to increase the fees for plats and final plats,” Arrington said. “Right now, the plat fee is $100 and that doesn’t even cover the cost of copies or legal notices.

“Last year, the city paid $10,000 on developments and not one property was built. The process was started, and they pulled out for one reason or another.”

The ordinance upgrades standards for streets. Major thoroughfares will need to be 80 to 120 feet in width. Collector streets must be 40 feet wide and local streets 37. All streets must be concrete with a subgrade of eight inches.

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

The new ordinance will apply for all developments in the city, but also the ETJ.

“The city gave us a great foundation with the subdivision ordinance put in play 15 years ago,” Arrington said. “We needed to dust it off and make sure what was put in place 15 years ago is still OK.”

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