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2019 City-initiated Annexations of Texas Triangle Park and RELLIS Campus Areas

Texas Triangle Park aerial photograph

About the Project

On Jan. 8, 2019, and Feb. 12, 2019, the Bryan City Council directed city staff to initiate municipal annexation of approximately 1,500 acres of land around and including the Texas Triangle Park in northwestern Brazos County, as well as 5,500 acres of land around and including the Texas A&M University System RELLIS Campus in western Brazos County.

The City Council desires to promote the city’s orderly growth by facilitating long-range planning for the provision of municipal services and by applying appropriate land use regulations, development standards, fire codes, construction codes and environmental regulations in accordance with the City’s Comprehensive Plan: “Blueprint 2040”, adopted Oct. 25, 2016.

The Council believes that annexation will enable the City to ensure that the environs around a community and regional asset such as the Texas Triangle Park and Texas A&M University System RELLIS Campus, situated at highly visible gateway locations and along key transportation corridors, will be protected over the long term by ensuring that only quality development emerges around these assets.

Resolutions Directing City Staff to Initiate Annexation

The Council’s action initiated a series of procedures that may bring all or parts of these 7,000 acres under full and/or at least partial regulatory control of the City. Under State law, this City-initiated annexation will require at least two (2) public hearings, the preparation of service plans detailing how municipal services will be provided to these areas, and the adoption of an ordinance, before annexation is completed. Bryan’s Code of Ordinances furthermore requires that the Planning and Zoning Commission make a recommendation to the City Council on areas proposed for annexation.

It is estimated that this annexation process will be completed by the summer of 2019.

If you have any questions or require more information, please contact:

  • City of Bryan Development Services
    Bryan Municipal Office Building
    300 S. Texas Avenue
    Bryan, TX 77802
  • Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Annexation Specialists Available: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – Noon; 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Phone: (979) 209-5030
  • Email: planning@bryantx.gov

The Process

The Bryan City Council has initiated a series of procedures that may bring all or parts of the approximately 7,000 acres in the Texas Triangle Park and RELLIS Campus areas under full and/or at least partial regulatory control of the City. Under State law, this City-initiated annexation will require at least two (2) public hearings, the preparation of service plans detailing how municipal services will be provided to these areas, and the adoption of an ordinance, before annexation is completed. Bryan’s Code of Ordinances furthermore requires that the Planning and Zoning Commission make a recommendation to the City Council on areas proposed for annexation.

  • Details About Public Hearings

    Details about these public hearings will be published here on the city’s website, the city’s government access cable channel (Suddenlink Cable Channel 16), as well as The Eagle and La Voz.

  • Property Owner Notification

    All property owners in the areas under consideration for annexation will receive a written notification about public hearing dates, times and locations.

Proposed Timeline

A tentative schedule for completing the proposed annexations is listed below. We will be update this information as meeting dates, times and locations are finalized.

  • March 2019

    Public hearings at which all persons interested in the annexation of either area are given the opportunity to be heard. This hearing will be held during a special meeting of Bryan’s Planning and Zoning Commission. The Planning and Zoning Commission will then make a recommendation concerning the proposed annexation to the Bryan City Council.

  • April 2019

    Public hearings at which all persons interested in the annexation are given the opportunity to be heard, to be held during special meetings of Bryan’s City Council.

  • May 2019

    First and final reading of annexation ordinances during a special meeting of Bryan’s City Council.

Details and Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Annexation?

Annexation is the process of bringing property into the City limits. It is one of the primary means by which cities grow. Cities annex territory to provide urbanizing areas with municipal services and to exercise regulatory authority necessary to protect public health and safety. Annexation is also a primary means by which cities benefit from development occurring in the extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ). This is especially critical in cases where the city has either directly or indirectly facilitated that development.


What is the ETJ – Extraterritorial Jurisdiction?

The extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) is the neighboring unincorporated land within a 3.5-mile radius extending from and adjacent to the City of Bryan’s city limits that is not within another city’s ETJ. The purpose of the ETJ is to allow cities to plan for growth in the area outside their corporate boundaries and to annex new development. Bryan may only annex land that is located within its ETJ.

Bryan ETJ Bryan Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (click for full-size PDF)


Why Do You Want to Annex My Property?

The City Council desires to promote the city’s orderly growth by facilitating long-range planning for the provision of municipal services, and by applying appropriate land use regulations, development standards, fire codes, construction codes and environmental regulations in accordance with the City’s Comprehensive Plan (“Blueprint 2040, adopted October 25, 2016). The Council believes that annexation in the Texas Triangle Park and RELLIS Campus areas will enable the City to ensure that the areas around these community assets will be protected over the long term by helping to ensure that only quality development emerges around them.

For more information, you can watch previous City Council workshop presentations on annexation:


How Do I Know What Other Annexations the City has Planned?

Currently, the City of Bryan is only planning on annexing land in the Texas Triangle Park and RELLIS Campus areas, as initiated through City Council actions on Jan. 8, 2019, and Feb. 12, 2019, respectively. Each of these areas contain fewer than 100 separate tracts of land on which one or more residential dwellings are located. This annexation proposal is therefore exempt from the requirement to be included in a 3-year annexation plan pursuant to Texas Local Government Code Section 43.052 (exempt annexation). State law requires cities to adopt an annexation plan for non-exempt area annexation under the same statute.

The City has not initiated annexations in almost 20 years, however, routinely processes between 5 and 10 owner-initiated requests annually. The primary reason for those requests is for those properties to be connected to the City’s water and/or wastewater system.


Will My Address Change?

No, not as an immediate result of annexation. However, The City’s coordination of addressing protocols for providing accurate delivery of public safety and emergency services, solid waste collection, and other public services may require that conflicting of duplicative street name and/or address numbers be refined in the future. No need to change any street names or addresses in the areas under consideration for annexation has been identified at this time. The City will coordinate any future changes with the Brazos County Emergency Communications District.


Can I Still Discharge Firearms on My Property?

In general, the use of firearms within the City of Bryan, is only permitted in a regularly established and properly supervised shooting range/gallery operating under a permit from the city or when lawfully defending person or property.

However, there are limitations on the authority of cities to regulate the use of firearms on newly-annexed properties. Per Texas Local Government Code Section 229.002, new City residents would be able to still discharge a shotgun, air rifle or pistol, BB gun, or bow and arrow, as long as it’s done on a tract of land which is at least 10 acres in size, and located at least 150 feet from a residence or an occupied building on another property. Firearms must also be discharged in a way that prevents a projectile from purposefully crossing any property lines.

A center fire or rim fire rifle, or a pistol of any caliber, can only be discharged on a tract of land that is at least 50 acres in size, and is located at least 300 feet from a residence or an occupied building on another property. Again, the firearm must be discharged in a way that prevents a projectile from purposefully crossing any property lines.

For complete regulations on the discharge of firearms, please visit the Texas Local Government Code Section 229.002.

For more questions about firearm regulations within the City, please contact the Bryan Police Department, or call (979) 209-5300


Will I Be Allowed to Shoot Fireworks on My Property?

No. Section 42-7 of the City’s Code of Ordinances states that “the possession, storage, offer for sale, exposure for sale, sale at retail, use or discharge of any fireworks, as defined by the currently adopted edition of the International Fire Code, is hereby deemed to be a nuisance and prohibited within the city limits or within 5,000 feet of the city limits.”

For more questions about fireworks regulations within the City, please contact the City of Bryan’s Fire Marshal’s Office at (979) 209-5960 (press “1”).


How Will Annexation Affect My Property Values?

Property value assessments, for tax purposes, after annexation will continue to be determined by the Brazos Central Appraisal District (BCAD). Annexation itself does not typically have an impact on property values. However, if the city were to make public infrastructure improvements in the newly-annexed areas in the future, those improvements may eventually increase property values through higher sales prices. Sales prices are what drive property assessments.

In most cases, annexation and subsequent zoning helps to stabilize and enhance property values, so there are no indications that property values will decline.

For more information, please visit the Brazos Central Appraisal District website, or contact the District by phone at (979) 774-4100.


How Will Annexation Affect My Property Taxes?

Property located in the City of Bryan is taxed at the rate of 63 cents per $100 valuation, based on assessments made as of January 1, 2019. The City offers a variety of property tax exemptions, which include its Homestead, Over 65 Homestead, Disabled Persons, and Disabled Veterans exemptions. Senior citizens may also qualify for a tax freeze, which can prevent a tax bill for an elderly homeowner from increasing each year. After annexation, property owners that do not qualify for tax exemptions will pay an additional $636.40 for every $100,000 of property they own. However, upon annexation, property owner will no longer be responsible for taxes levied by and Emergency Services Districts (ESD).

Annexation itself will not affect any property tax exemptions for which a property might qualify, including, for example, agricultural (AG) use exemptions. For more information regarding this issue, please refer to the Texas Tax Code.

The City of Bryan does not assess property values. Property values are assessed by the Brazos Central Appraisal District in January of each year, and annexed homeowners typically receive notice of assessments at mid-year. Property owners will then receive a tax bill from the County in the fall.

For more information, please visit the Brazos Central Appraisal District website, or contact the District by phone at (979) 774-4100.


What is Zoning?

Zoning is a tool that most cities use to govern “uses” (e.g. residential, commercial, or industrial), the size of buildings, and how buildings relate to their surroundings, including other buildings, open spaces, and the street. In the U.S., zoning began as a tool to separate uses from one another, and in particular was used to separate more impactful uses (manufacturing) from more sensitive uses (residential).

Zoning regulations and districts have been adopted by the City of Bryan for the purpose of promoting the health, safety, morals, and general welfare of the city. They have been designed to lessen the congestion in the streets; to secure safety from fire, panic, and other dangers; to ensure adequate light and air; to prevent the overcrowding of land; to avoid undue concentration of population; to facilitate the adequate provision of transportation, water, sewerage, schools, parks, and other public requirements. They have been made with reasonable consideration, among other things, for the character of the district, and its suitability and compatibility for the particular uses specified; and with a view to conserving the value of buildings and neighborhoods, and encouraging the most appropriate use of land throughout the city.


Will All Existing Homes and Businesses Be Asked to Stop Operation or Be Torn Down?

Any legal activity being conducted on a property before annexation will be permitted after annexation, with the exception of public nuisances (e.g., trash, junk or debris). A home or business will be considered a legally non-conforming (“grandfathered”) use and will be allowed to continue. However, if the business or residential use is discontinued or abandoned in the future, the future use of the property must be in conformity with the provisions of the City of Bryan’s Zoning Ordinance.

For more information about land use, building code, and property development regulations, please contact the City of Bryan’s Development Services Department or call (979) 209-5030.


I Received a Letter in the Mail About an Offer from the City to Enter Into a Development Agreement Pursuant to Texas Local Government Code Section 43.016. What is That About?

Texas Local Government Code Section 43.016 requires a city to offer those property owners in an area proposed for annexation, whose land is appraised for ad valorem tax purposes as land for agricultural (“AG exempt”) or wildlife management use or timber land, to enter into a development agreement. If accepted, such an agreement will guarantee the continuation of the extraterritorial status of these owners’ properties. The intent of the development agreement is to allow property owners who truly intend to continue using their land, for example, for agricultural purposes, to remain outside the city limits and not allow developers to circumvent municipal regulations.

The City Council has authorized staff to offer these agreements to owners with qualifying properties. By accepting the agreement, property owners agree:

  • to not file any development documents including subdivision plats
  • to not construct buildings that would require a building permit if the property were in the city limits (except for an accessory structure to an existing detached dwelling or an accessory structure for the benefit of agricultural uses)
  • that use of the property is limited to what is allowed in the city’s Agricultural-Open (A-O) zoning district
  • to waive any vested rights they may have
  • to give written notice to the City if the property is conveyed or sold
  • to give notice within 14 days of any change in the exemption status of the property

There are 39 properties in the areas proposed for annexation that appear to qualify for a development agreement offer. Property owners will have up to 30 calendar days (until March 15, 2019) to accept or decline the offer of a development agreement.

Still Have Questions? Contact Us

  • City of Bryan Development Services
    Bryan Municipal Office Building
    300 S. Texas Avenue
    Bryan, TX 77802
  • Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Annexation Specialists Available: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – Noon; 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Phone: (979) 209-5030
  • Email: planning@bryantx.gov

Please note that the City of Bryan as a government entity and City of Bryan staff cannot provide legal advice or counsel to private citizens. Each piece of property and each use of a property are unique. Therefore, City staff may not be able to advise you about the specific circumstances regarding your property beyond what is in the state statute, city code and the development agreement. If you have specific questions about what annexation or the development agreement offer might mean for a particular property, we advise that you consult an attorney to interpret the proposed agreement, state statute and/or city code sections as they might apply to the relevant, unique facts of your property.

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