City of Nevada - ETJ/City Limits
The City of Nevada city limits is shown in pink and outlined in red.
- City Limits - Pink
- ETJ (Extraterritorial Jurisdiction) - Inside red lines (as shown on Legends)
What is the extraterritorial jurisdiction and why was it created?
The extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) is an “unincorporated area that is contiguous to the corporate boundaries” of a city. TEX. LOC. GOV’T CODE § 42.021. The ETJ, a concept created by the Texas Legislature in 1963, is said to be established in order “to promote and protect the general health, safety, and welfare of persons residing in and adjacent to” cities, a sort of buffer zone outside of a city’s corporate limits. Id.§ 42.001. Despite this, cities have been granted relatively little authority to address health and safety issues in the ETJ. Thus, some argue that the real purpose of the ETJ is to limit the geographic area in which a city may annex.
How much territory is encompassed in a city’s ETJ?
The extent of ETJ is generally dependent on the number of city inhabitants. With some exceptions, state law provides that:
(City of Nevada) • in a city with fewer than 5,000 inhabitants, the ETJ is within one-half mile of the corporate boundaries;
• in a city with 5,000 to 24,999 inhabitants, the ETJ is within one mile of the corporate boundaries;
• in a city with 25,000 to 49,999 inhabitants, the ETJ is within two miles of the corporate boundaries;
• in a city with 50,000 to 99,999 inhabitants, the ETJ is within 3-1/2 miles of the corporate boundaries; and
• in a city with 100,000 or more inhabitants, the ETJ is within 5 miles of the corporate boundaries.
Master Thoroughfare Plan (MTP)
The City of Nevada PZ and Capital Improvement Committees maintains a Master Thoroughfare Plan (MTP) that defines the network of future roads identified to handle various levels of vehicular traffic and defines a system of organizastion for roadways to provide a balance between mobility and access. The plan describes the general location and scale for thoroughfares within the City of Nevada. This is a general guide for the future growth of the City and its future roadway network. Road alignments may shift as they are engineered to accommodate the conditions of the land, and to meet engineering and design principles.
Completion of the thoroughfare system will occur over a lengthy period of time, as the lands adjacent to the thoroughfares are developed, through landowner agreements and capital improvement programs. The MTP identifies right-of-way needs in advance of new development. As subdivision plats are submitted by developers and reviewed by the City Staff, City Engineer, and City Attorney ensures that any right-of-way needs shown on the MTP are accommodated on subdivision plats.
These maps are a graphic representation of the City of Nevada, TX, and should only be used for illustrative purposes. In no way should these maps be used to settle any boundary dispute or location conflict.