General and Special Laws of The State of Texas Passed By The Second Called Session of the Sixty-Eighth Legislature and the Regular Session of the Sixty-Ninth Legislature Page: 42
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68th LEGIS-2nd CALLED SESSION
"(1) that has a population of more than 2.2 million or is contiguous with a county with a
population of more than 2.2 million, according to the most recent federal census; and
"(2) in which the commissioners court by order elects to operate under this section.
"(b) The owner of any tract of land located outside the corporate limits and extraterritorial
jurisdiction of any city in the state who divides the land in two or more parts for the purpose of
laying out any subdivision of any such tract of land or an addition, for the purpose of laying out
suburban lots or building lots, and for the purpose of laying out streets, squares, alleys, parks, or
other portions intended for public use or for the use of purchasers or owners of lots fronting thereon
or adjacent thereto shall cause a plat to be made. The plat shall accurately describe all of the
subdivision or addition by metes and bounds and locate the subdivision or addition with respect to
an original corner of the original survey of which it is a part. The plat shall give the dimensions of
the subdivision or addition and the dimensions of all lots, streets, alleys, parks, or other portions
intended to be dedicated to public use or for the use of purchasers or owners of lots fronting thereon
or adjacent thereto. However, a plat of any subdivision of any tract of land or any addition may
not be recorded unless it accurately describes all of the subdivision or addition by metes and
bounds and locates the same with respect to an original corner of the original survey of which it is a
part and gives the dimensions of the subdivision or addition and dimensions of all streets, alleys,
squares, parks, or other portions intended to be dedicated to public use or for the use of purchasers
or owners of lots fronting thereon or adjacent thereto.
"(c) The plat shall be duly acknowledged by the owners or proprietors of the land or by some
duly authorized agent of the owners or proprietors in the manner required for acknowledgement of
deeds. The plat, subject to the provisions contained in this section, shall be filed for record and be
recorded in the office of the county clerk of the county in which the land lies.
"(d) The commissioners court of the county may, by an order adopted and entered on the
minutes of the court and after publishing a notice in a newspaper of general circulation in the
county, establish requirements:
"(1) to provide for a right-of-way on main artery streets or roads within the subdivision or
addition of a width of not less than 50 feet nor more than 100 feet;
"(2) to provide for a right-of-way on all other streets or roads in the subdivision or addition of
not less than 40 feet nor more than 50 feet;
"(3) to provide that the street cut on main arteries within the right-of-way be not less than 30
feet nor more than 45 feet;
"(4) to provide for the street cut on all other streets or roads within the subdivision or addition
within the right-of-way to be not less than 25 feet nor more than 35 feet;
"(5) to promulgate reasonable specifications to be followed in the construction of any roads or
streets within the subdivision or addition, considering the amount and kind of travel over the
"(6) to promulgate reasonable specifications to provide adequate drainage in accordance with
standard engineering practices for all roads or streets in the subdivision or addition; and
"(7) to require the owner or owners of any tract of land that may be so divided to give a good
and sufficient bond for the proper construction of the roads or streets affected, with such sureties as
may be approved by the court. If a surety bond by a corporate surety is required, the bond shall be
executed by a surety company authorized to do business in this state. The bond shall be made
payable to the county judge, or his successor in office, of the county in which the subdivision or
addition lies and shall be conditioned that the owner or owners of the tract of land to be divided
will construct any roads or streets within the subdivision or addition in accordance with the
specifications promulgated by the commissioners court of the county. The bond shall be in an
amount as may be determined by the commissioners court not to exceed the estimated cost of
constructing the roads or streets.
"(e) The commissioners court of the county may refuse to approve and authorize any map or
plat of a subdivision or addition unless the map or plat meets the requirements as set forth in this
section and unless there is submitted at the time of approval of the map or plat any bond required
by this section. (V.A. C.S. Art. 6626a.1.)
"CHAPTER 3. OPTIONAL METHODS OF ORGANIZING THE
COMMISSIONERS COURT FOR ROAD CONSTRUCTION AND
"SUBCHAPTER A. COMMISSIONERS AS EX OFFICIO ROAD
"Section 3.001. EX OFFICIO COMMISSIONERS. (a) In all counties the members of the
commissioners court are ex officio road commissioners of their respective precincts and under
the direction of the commissioners court have charge of the teams, tools, and machinery
CH 8, SEC 1
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