TYLER — At their regularly scheduled City Council meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 14, the Tyler City Council voted unanimously to accept an agreement with the City of Chandler that will establish Extra Territorial Jurisdiction (ETJ) boundaries for both communities.
Although Chandler is located in Henderson County, due to annexations by both cities, respective extraterritorial jurisdictions have reached one another. To facilitate orderly development, particularly along the Smith, Henderson, and Van Zandt County borders and to provide for a mutually agreeable settlement, representatives of both cities have had discussions and arrived at a proposed extraterritorial jurisdiction boundary for Tyler and Chandler.
"We have been working with our neighboring communities to ensure there is agreement on where the ETJ is for each of us," said Tyler Mayor Barbara Bass. "We want to work together to do what is best for the region."
A community's ETJ is typically established by the number of residents in a community. Tyler's current ETJ extends five miles while Chandler's is half a mile from the city limit line; as annexations occur, the city limit line moves, which results in a community's ETJ also extending. An ETJ is considered a future planning area and is an anticipated area of growth for a community.
"As East Texas cities continue to grow, mutual cooperation is essential," said Tyler City Manager Mark McDaniel. "The agreement we have reached with Chandler is in the best interests of both communities and I am pleased with the outcome."
Information from the City of Tyler