(Seguin) -- The city of Seguin continues to grow, with more and more developers choosing to voluntarily have their projects annexed into the city. In the last six months, the Seguin City Council has approved three voluntary annexations of land located just outside of the city limits.
Pamela Centeno, director of planning and codes, says the voluntary annexations benefit both the city and the developer. She says it represents positive growth. She says they are excited to be able to share this news with the rest of the community.
"We think it's important to let them know that there are developers interested in developing new developments in the city of Seguin, and in the outskirts of our community. Also, they are asking for inclusion in the city limits. The developers are attracted -- for one, the public sewer, but also the ordinances and regulations that we have in place at the city that are going to help create new residential developments that are attractive to residents. Things like building permits and our code compliance regulations and zoning -- are regulations that we don't control in the ETJ (extra territorial jurisdiction), and those are some of the reasons that it's good for both the city and the developers to request a voluntary annexation," said Centeno.
The voluntary annexations include developments located along Cordova Road, a large tract near Interstate 10 and FM 725, and another large tract near Huber and Cordova Roads. Centeno says these subdivisions are in various stages of development, but she says they will represent even more significant growth in the city's residential housing market. She says most of these planned subdivisions are large scale projects.
"Two of them are close to 200 acres each. At this point, we have some preliminary numbers about the number of houses that they are proposing. Those developments are still in review, so the numbers could change depending on the results of those reviews and if they are able to create that many lots. And the third tract, only a portion of it was outside the city limits, so they actually requested voluntary annexation of close to 20 acres, but the rest of the tract is over 70 acres and was already in the city limits. If you look at the number of rooftops that those three subdivisions, as a whole, can create in the city -- we are looking at possibly over 1,800 rooftops just in those three subdivisions, which is a little bit under 500 acres total," said Centeno.
The Swenson Heights subdivision, which is 199.63 acres located on Cordova Road east of Huber Road, was annexed during the council's meeting at the end of June. The Ridge View Estates subdivision, which is 185.92 acres located on the northeast corner of I-10 and FM 725 (behind Love's Truck Stop), was annexed in May of this year. The third voluntary annexation project occurred back in December of 2017, and it brought in 18.981 acres of land located on Cordova Road just south of the Cordova Estates subdivision.
The process for voluntary annexation is outlined in the city's Unified Development Code (UDC). The UDC provides regulations for the future development of the city. The process begins when a property owner meets with city staff to determine if their request meets state requirements for voluntary annexation. If it does, the applicant submits an official petition to be annexed. Staff then presents the request to the council for approval, and the council has consistently shown its eagerness to bring more of these single-family housing projects into the city.
Centeno says not only will these projects bring nearly 2,000 new homes to the city, but those homes represent new families coming to the community, which enhances the city's efforts to bring new retail developments to the area as well.