The Travis County Commissioners Court adopted Chapter 482 of the Travis County Policies, Procedures, and Regulations Manual, including certain revisions to address the requirements of HB 3167 passed by the 86th Texas Legislative Session in 2019. This policy, entitled "Travis County Development Regulations," (Chapter 482 includes right-of-way information) applies to the subdivision of all real property located in the unincorporated areas of Travis County. It includes procedures for preparing preliminary plans and final plats, layout requirements for streets and drainage systems, standards for street and drainage design and construction, fiscal security, construction permits and inspections, license agreements, and vacation of right-of-way easements.

The Travis County Transportation and Natural Resources Department reviews all subdivision applications for compliance with the adopted standards and provides recommendations to the County Commissioners Court which approves the subdivision plat for recording at the county clerk's office.

House Bill 3167

House Bill 3167, effective September 1, 2019, establishes specific timelines for the review of subdivision applications by Texas municipalities and Texas counties. Upon the filing of a completed application, HB 3167 mandates a 30 day review process resulting in the approval, conditional approval, or disapproval of the application by the platting board, which in Travis County is the Travis County Commissioners Court, by the 30th day after a completed application is filed. A conditional approval requires a listing of the conditions that must be satisfied for the approval to be complete; similarly, a disapproval requires a listing of all application requirements that remain to be met in order for a file to be approved. Resubmitted application documents are required to be reviewed in a 15-day review period, resulting in approval, conditional approval, or disapproval.

Accordingly, in order to comply with the scheduling required by the statute, the requirements for filing subdivision applications, and the processing of those applications, has been modified and is described below.

  • Voluntary Project Assessment Process
    • The short 30-day initial review timeline to forward applications to Commissioners Court for consideration for approval makes it necessary that “prerequisite” requirements, representing long lead time processes and processes that involve the approval of outside jurisdictions, be completed before a subdivision application is filed with Travis County or deemed complete by Travis County.  Applications will not be deemed complete nor reviewed for compliance until all prerequisite processes have been completed.  Examples are:  Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) approval of floodplain modifications, Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) approval of state right-of-way authorizations, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permits for Clean Water Act requirements, Lower Colorado River Authority authorizations related to Highland Lakes Watershed Ordinance requirements for water quality or on-site wastewater requirements, or 2) represent a separate process in another Travis County program.  For example, Traffic Engineering review of a Traffic Impact Analysis, which requires an approved scope prior to completion of the analysis, and a complete review of the submitted complete analysis, including a listing of identified mitigations for traffic impacts.  The development application that is the subject of the Traffic Impact Analysis would necessarily include a draft phasing agreement that includes the timing and construction of the improvements mitigating traffic impacts – subject to rough proportionality.

      To assist applicants with the determination of prerequisite processes that affect their development, applicants are strongly encouraged to request a Project Assessment with TNR staff

      The documents that are required to be filed for Project Assessment will also satisfy ‘fair notice’ for establishing vested rights for the applicability of Travis County regulations, and are described as the requirements set out in Travis County Chapter 482, Section 482.201(b)(9) “Master Development Plan.”  In addition, the specific variance, waiver, non-standard proposal, or prerequisite may require additional detail for discussion and consideration. As an example, a proposed request for detention waiver would need to be reviewed as a prerequisite item, and would require a drainage analysis identifying pre-development and post-development drainage patterns and peak stormwater flows where they exit the site.  Any property owners affected by an increase would need to provide their concurrence for the increase in a document that is recorded with the County Clerk.

      Project Assessment reviews are independent of permit application processes, will include a completeness check process, and are proposed as a 30 calendar day review for initial submittal and 15 calendar days for updates.  Project Assessment response information from TNR expires at six months from report issuance.

  • Completion of Prerequisite Processes - required prior to filing application.
  • Applicant Files a Completed Application with all required documents on an intake date per the Travis County HB 3167 Intake Calendar. (Not filing all required documents listed below will result in an application being rejected for Completeness Check).
  • After a 10-day completeness review, the applicant will receive a list of outstanding items to provide for completeness. Alternatively, for applications determined to be complete except for the payment of fees, an invoice will be provided to the applicant for payment at the TNR Cashier at 700 Lavaca, 5th
  • Upon receiving a Subdivision Application Fee invoice from Travis County TNR, an applicant may pay the invoiced fee at the Cashiers window, 700 Lavaca 5th Floor, on a fee intake date per the Travis County HB 3167 Intake Calendar.
  • Upon receiving an invoiced fee payment, and deeming the file to be “Complete”; the application will undergo a 30-day compliance review. By the 30th day after being deemed complete, the file will be considered by Travis County Commissioners Court, or their designee, to be approved, conditionally approved, or disapproved.  Conditional approval or disapproval will result in the listed conditions for final approval, or listed deficiencies to be addressed prior to a file being considered for approval.
  • Until an application is approved, the applicant may file a resubmittal with all required documents for a 15-day review. Please note that Travis County is considering implementing an application resubmittal fee in the near future to address the staff effort involved in the review of multiple resubmitted applications.

In order to comply with HB 3167 timelines, all outside processes, permits, variance processes, requests to use alternative standards, etc., must be completed prior to submittal of the subdivision application to Travis County TNR and documentation affirming the approval of these items are required to be submitted with the application documents in order for TNR to make a determination that a completed application has been submitted.

These processes include, but are not limited to:

  • FEMA CLOMR and LOMR approvals
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Clean Water Act Section 404 Permits
  • Requests to TNR to Utilize Alternative Standards (for example, water quality)
  • Traffic Impact Analysis, which requires TNR approved scoping prior ahead of the analysis, TNR review and approval of complete TIA report, mitigations identified and agreed upon, and a completed draft phasing agreement addressing mitigations as a required submittal document with the subdivision application.
  • Lower Colorado River Authority Highland Lakes Watershed Ordinance permits
  • Water Supply commitments
  • Wastewater commitments (or Septic approval)
  • Travis County Fire Marshal site plan approval

This list should not be considered a complete listing of all permits and approvals that will be required to be completed as a prerequisite.  It will be the applicant’s responsibility to identify and complete all outside approval processes prior to submittal of an application for completeness.  If an outside approval is identified during a subsequent compliance review, the application will be considered void until the prerequisite is addressed, and approval documentation is provided with the application resubmittal.

Travis County Completeness Checklist and Code Compliance Summary documents are as approved by TNR’s County Executive and may be found on the Travis County website at TravisCountyTx.gov.  Although compliance with all applicable local, state, and federal requirements is the responsibility of the applicant, the checklist and compliance summary forms are provided to assist applicants in preparing applications and staff in reviewing applications to confirm whether an application package includes all required information and is ready for a 30-day compliance review.

HB 3167 Subdivision Application Document Requirements

A complete application are as described in the Completeness Checklist, will include the following documents.  All elements listed below are required for intake into the Completeness Check process:

  • Cover letter sealed by Texas licensed engineer with all required information found listed in the Completeness Checklist;
  • A completed Travis County Subdivision Application Completeness Checklist sealed by a Texas Licensed Engineer;
  • All documentation addressing completed Prerequisites;
  • Completed Code Compliance Summaries sealed by a Texas Licensed Engineer;
  • All application documents required by code, listed in the Completeness Checklist and Code Compliance summaries, or required in a completeness or compliance review.

The Completeness Checklist and Code Compliance Summaries are found below.  Please refer here for form updates to ensure that the latest version is utilized in your application:

Subdivision applications filed for projects within the City of Austin Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ) are filed with the Austin/Travis County Single Office at the City of Austin Offices, located at 505 Barton Springs Road. For information regarding the HB 3167 Austin/Travis County Single Office subdivision application process, please refer to the City of Austin’s website at www.AustinTexas.gov; please note that compliance summaries for Title 30, Transportation Criteria Manual Requirements, and Drainage Criteria Manual requirements, will be required for the Travis County Subdivision, Transportation, and Drainage reviews.

Groundwater Availability Regulations

Review the recently adopted groundwater availability regulations for new subdivisions.

Travis County Housing Finance Corporation

The Travis County Housing Finance Corporation was created in 1980 to assist in meeting the housing needs of low and moderate-income families in Travis County. The Corporation provides single-family home ownership (including down payment assistance) opportunities to first time homebuyers who meet certain income requirements. In addition, the Corporation issues tax-exempt bonds to finance the construction or acquisition of multi-family apartments that must provide rental units to certain low and moderate-income families. For more information visit the Travis County Housing Finance Corporation web site.

Subdivision Fees

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These standards apply to unincorporated Travis County. The county coordinates with all municipalities with the county to review subdivisions and building permits in their extra territorial jurisdictions. Please contact the Travis County Transportation and Natural Resources Department to determine if a dual review process is required.

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