Local Government Code Chapter 372 allows counties to create Public Improvement Districts (PIDs) to help spur economic development by providing a means to improve infrastructure and promote economic growth. Moreover, PIDs provide for the financing of the costs of public improvements or services that benefit a definable part of the County with the costs borne by those landowners within the PID boundaries who receive special benefits from the public improvements or services.

PID petitioners are encouraged to meet as many of the community benefits goals as possible. Travis County Commissioners Court is interested in furthering the following Community Benefits:

  • Generate primary employment or other long-term economic development benefits
  • Increase affordable housing opportunities
  • Advance approved Master Plans
  • Create or enhance parks, hike/bike trails, rec facilities, open space
  • Improve environmental protection, stormwater quality and flood control benefits
  • Increase or enhance mass transit, bicycle, pedestrian, carpooling
  • Improve public educational programs and/or facilities
  • Provide innovative, exceptional benefits to improve the public roadway network in the County
  • Ensure superior land uses within the PID
  • Incorporate more than minimal green building standards

On January 26, 2016, Commissioners Court approved a PID policy to allow the review, creation and management of PIDs. In addition, PID procedures and a petition checklist [link] have been prepared to assist prospective petitioners.

On October 25, 2016, Commissioners Court amended the PID policy to raise the PID petition filing fee from $10,000 to $36,000 to appropriately cover the County’s cost to review the petition.


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