NOVEMBER 20, 2014
Tonight's Fair Oaks Ranch City Council Meeting agenda includes the vote on the annexation of the Elkhorn Ridge Subdivision on Dietz Elkhorn. On October 6th, a presentation was given on the Elkhorn Ridge Subdivision Development and a petition for annexation was submitted and accepted by the city council. Surprisingly, there will be no public hearings scheduled for this annexation.
Texas Local Government Code does not require a public hearing before annexations are voted upon. However, historically, the City has scheduled at least one public hearing to allow citizens to voice their opinions regarding each annexation proposed.
The most recent proposed annexation, The Reserve, had two public hearings. Both hearings garnered unprecedented citizen attendance with people forced to stand outside the building and watch the proceedings through the chamber windows! Citizens have come to expect the annexation process to include public hearings.
It is within the purview of the Mayor to continue to schedule public hearings on annexations, which provide a valuable tool for elected officials to hear from citizens.
However, this will not be the case with Elkhorn Ridge. Despite the continued requests of many residents for increased community involvement in directing the future growth of the City, Mayor Landman has chosen to remove tonight this vital tool of citizen input. The elimination of a public hearing regarding this annexation strips citizens of their right to have access to, and involvement in, the decisions that affect the future of the City of Fair Oaks Ranch.