Received: Friday, January 4, 2013
Re: Whether a county may regulate, as a subdivision, the partition of a tract of land in the unincorporated portion of the county under Local Government Code chapter 232 or Health and Safety Code chapter 121
Requestor: The Honorable Daynah Fallwell
Wilson County Attorney
1103 Fourth Street
Floresville, Texas 78114
Section 232.101 TEx. Loc. Gov’T CODE authorizes the commissioners court to adopt rules governing plats and subdivisions of land in the unincorporated areas to “promote the health, safety, morals, or general welfare of the county and the safe, orderly, and healthful development” of the area. Furthermore, Section 121.003 TEX. HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE, gives authority to the governing body of a municipality or the commissioners court of a county “to enforce any law that is reasonably necessary to protect the public health.”
Looks like man camp shanty towns may end up having to comply with subdivision rules.