What is a master-planned community?
The Galveston City Council in August approved an amendment to city code addressing master-planned communities.
CHAPTER 27: MASTER PLANNED COMMUNITY Sec. 27. 1 -
Definition: As used herein, the following terms shall have the meanings respectively ascribed to them in this section: Master Planned Community: means a platted, residential subdivision that is subject to:
i. Recorded deed restrictions; and
ii. Mandatory membership in a property owner' s association, aka Homeowners Association ( HOA), that: a. has authority to impose regular or special assessments on the propel. in the subdivision, b. holds title to and maintains common area improvements, c. requires mandatory annual fees or dues from the individual unit holders membership,) in the property owner' s association,
iii. provides a minimum of non-residential, common areas and/ or amenities originally platted on the development site, such as those contained herein below.
How to get a master-planned community designation in Galveston
Sec. 27- 2 - Master Planned Communities.
a) To be designated as a Master Planned Community, the authorized representative of the property owner' s association, ( aka homeowner' s association), must fill out a Master Planned Community application form provided by the Department of Development Services.
b) The application form to be designated as a Master Planned Community shall be reviewed by the Director of Development services or their designee.
c) The application shall provide documentation to the Director of the Department of Development Services or Designee of the following:
a. Platted site development within one development showing the following;
i. Development site size; and,
ii. Two ( 2) or more platted non- residential common areas and/ or amenities, including but are not limited to the following:
1. Commercial Establishment;
2. Community Recreational Center;
3. Country Club;
4. Community Pool;
5. Golf Course;
6. Nature Preserve;
7. Nature Trail;
9. Community Access Channel;
10. Fishing Pier;
11. Community Boat Launch;
12. Community Playground;
13. Community Park; and,
b. An affidavit from the authorized representative of the property owner' s association, aka homeowner' s association), affirming the following:
i. The property owner' s association is current and active;
ii. The property owner' s association holds title to the common areas/ amenities in the platted residential subdivision;
iii. The membership in the property owner' s association is mandatory for all owners of individual lots/ units; and,
iv. The annual fees are mandatory for all owners of individual lots/ units.
c.) The property owner' s association in a Master Planned Community shall function in accordance with Texas Property Code Chapter 209 ( and/ or as amended).
d.) The Department of Development Services shall make available a list of designated Master Planned Communities on the City website within 30 days of review and approval of the application and documentation.
e.) The status of a Master Planned Community is not in effect until approved and publication on the City website.
f.) Two or more different developments may not combine together for the purpose of complying with the requirements herein.
Submitting an application to the City of Galveston
An application may be sent to the City of Galveston, Development Services Department, to the attention of Patrick Collins. Residents may send applications in electronically or in hard copy. The email for Patrick is PCollins@GalvestonTX.Gov. The mailing address is P.O. Box 779 Galveston, TX 77553 | 3015 Market St. Galveston, TX 77550.
Approved master-planned communities
|Isla del Sol||8/20/2021|
|Sea Isle Property Owners||8/20/2021|
|Property Owners Assoc. of Pointe West||8/27/2021|
|Indian Beach Property Owners Assoc.||8/27/2021|
|Spanish Grant Civic Assoc., Section 1 & 2||8/27/2021|
|Pointe San Luis Laguna & Playa Property Owners Assoc.||8/27/2021|
|Terramar Beach Community Improvement Assoc. Inc.||8/27/2021|
|Pirates Property Owners Assoc.||8/27/2021|
|Beachside Village Homeowners Assoc. Inc.||8/27/2021|
|Campeche Cove Homeowners Assoc.||8/27/2021|
|Bay Harbor Improvement Assoc.||9/3/2021|
|Sandhill Shores Property Owners Assoc. Inc.||9/10/2021|