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Old 06-30-2018, 04:36 PM
 
Location: Willowbrook, Houston
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Are there areas in Harris Co. where Houston could potentially annex?
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Old 06-30-2018, 07:35 PM
 
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Are there areas in Harris Co. where Houston could potentially annex?
Everything in the ETJ. That includes portions of other counties. Lately, Houston has only done special purpose annexation to collect sales taxes.
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Old 06-30-2018, 07:59 PM
 
Location: Houston
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The City of Houston isn't much interested in annexation anymore. Even strategic annexations of malls they've done in the past (Willowbrook and Greenspoint for example) look like liabilities now with the changes in retail and the enormous public safety fiscal obligations of malls. And residential, unless it's really high-end, is pretty much a fiscal loser.
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Old 06-30-2018, 09:21 PM
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The City of Houston isn't much interested in annexation anymore. Even strategic annexations of malls they've done in the past (Willowbrook and Greenspoint for example) look like liabilities now with the changes in retail and the enormous public safety fiscal obligations of malls. And residential, unless it's really high-end, is pretty much a fiscal loser.
The state just changed the laws requiring a vote in the biggest counties. Houston has been reluctant to do full annexations in part to keep the legislature off their backs. Now it will be much more difficult.
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Old 07-01-2018, 09:19 PM
 
Location: Houston
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The state just changed the laws requiring a vote in the biggest counties. Houston has been reluctant to do full annexations in part to keep the legislature off their backs. Now it will be much more difficult.
Yes, the political hurdles increased too.
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Old 07-01-2018, 09:35 PM
 
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They still conveniently annexed all the business areas in unincorporated Harris county
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Old 07-01-2018, 11:06 PM
 
Location: Houston
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That’s why NW And N Harris looks the way it does. One block you can cook chicken on a grill and sale and another you got to have restrictions.

249 is the poster child
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Old 07-01-2018, 11:19 PM
 
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Yes, the political hurdles increased too.
Since suburban municipalities like Pearland were stifled by the same law, I wonder when there will be political pressure to overturn that law. The cities need to be dominant over the rural areas. America is an urban country now.
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Old 07-02-2018, 02:23 PM
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Since suburban municipalities like Pearland were stifled by the same law, I wonder when there will be political pressure to overturn that law. The cities need to be dominant over the rural areas. America is an urban country now.
Texas had very good laws that made for healthy cities. But its hard to argue against people having the right to vote on whether they join a city with its taxes. Don't see it changing.
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