A few days ago, I received an invitation to “a discussion on regulations affecting the ETJ.” The meeting was to be held April 13th, at 6:30PM in the Mustang Water Conference Room. I was excited to receive the invitation. The meeting would allow me to interact with the people who have been attending our city council meeting in a way I am not able to at a council meeting.
I drove to the Mustang Water building and was greeted by Sylvia Phillips. Ms. Phillips told me I was not allowed into the meeting. I told her I was interested in what was going on and was there to work with the people in the ETJ to find a resolution that would work for everyone. She told me I could not come in and that the meeting was only for property owners in the ETJ only. Mind you I received an invitation, but I said thank you and left.
Imagine my surprise to learn Aubrey Councilman Calvin Tillman and Councilman Chris Huber were allowed in the meeting! I got a phone call from a friend who was ejected from the meeting because she was not an ETJ landowner. As far as I am aware, Calvin Tillman and Chris Huber do not own property in the ETJ. In addition as far as I am aware, Ms. Phillips does not own property in Aubrey’s ETJ either (according to a Denton County Appraisal District search on her name).
Since I was not allowed to attend the meeting, I wanted to send a message to the folks inside who don’t know I was there. The City of Aubrey wants to work with you and for you. Today, there are roughly 10,000 homes planned in our ETJ. These are just the home sites we know about. (Conservatively speaking, 10,000 homes brings 20,000 cars and 30,000 people to our area.) The City needs to be able to regulate large developments moving into our ETJ.
I invite you to come sit down with me. Let’s talk about the issues and see how we can accommodate the need of the small land owners who want to split their property into one or two lots. The City Staff and I are willing to work with you to accomplish your goals.