AUSTIN – June 14, 2021 – Coats Rose attorneys continued their successful track record in passing legislation on behalf of Texas real estate owner/developers during the 87th Texas Legislative Session. Our attorneys’ work resulted in the passing of 34 local bills, creating new conservation and reclamations districts, encompassing over 20,000 acres in the greater Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, and Houston metropolitan areas. The passage of these bills will greatly enhance the value of the land located within the special districts and enhance the development plans of the owner/developers.
“This was another successful legislative session,” said Natalie Scott, Director and head of the Coats Rose Government Relations practice. “I am very proud of our accomplishments and the number of bills we were able to get across the finish line. We were fortunate to work with great members and staff that made our job easier.”
Growth in the Texas metropolitan areas is poised for a boom in the next thirty years. According to The Texas Demographic Center at the University of Texas at San Antonio, metropolitans located in the “Texas Triangle” area comprised of four major metropolitan areas: Austin-Round Rock-Georgetown, Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, and San Antonio-New Braunfels, will increase by 148.5% by 2050, going from 19.9 million people in 2020 to 35.3 million people in 2050. Most of this projected growth is anticipated to occur in the suburban counties that surround the core urban counties of Harris, Bexar, Dallas and Tarrant counties. The core urban counties are projected to grow by one million people between 2010 and 2050, whereas the suburban counties: Fort Bend and Montgomery (near Houston), Collin and Denton (near Dallas), and Williamson (near Austin) together will add 15.5 million people during the same timeframe.
“With this continued and projected growth in the suburban areas of Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio, we expect to see an increase in the utilization of MUDs and other special purpose districts by developers to finance infrastructure, such as water, sewer, drainage, road facilities, and other utility-related services within the MUD boundaries,” said Scott.
Coats Rose Directors Natalie Scott, Tim Green, and Mindy Koehne, and Associates Laken Jenkins Kilgore and Mallory Craig comprise the Coats Rose Government Relations practice. Together, they work to promote clients’ interests before legislative and regulatory decision makers. Our attorneys address the complex legal and public policy issues faced by our clients in the real estate and affordable housing industries.
Creating special districts is a focus of Coats Rose’s public finance and government relations attorneys. In addition, Coats Rose attorneys also provide lobby representation in the areas of real estate development, affordable housing, construction, jurisprudence, transportation, healthcare, and many other matters relating to economic development and business interests.
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