212 DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENTS
Section 212.172 of the Texas Local Government Code grants cities the ability to enter into a written contract with property owners in the City's Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ) to  grant land immunity from annexation for a period of 15-years (not to exceed a total duration of 45-years),  extend certain requirements of the City's land use and environmental authority over the land,  authorize enforcement of land use regulations other than those that apply within the city,  provide infrastructure to the land, and  provide for the terms of annexation of the land as a whole or in parts if annexation is agreed upon by both parties. While development agreements have most frequently been used by cities as an alternative to annexing land which is scheduled for development, these agreements have also been used to protect agricultural land within a City's ETJ.
The City of Rockwall has used 212 Development Agreements to both help guarantee rural land owner's in the City's ETJ that they will not be annexed by the City if they do not develop their property, and to help property owners developing their property in the ETJ. The following is a list of the City's 212 Development Agreements and the associated timelines with each agreement. For questions concerning these development agreements please contact Planning and Zoning Department staff at (972) 771-7745, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or use the Contact Us form on this website.