There was some good news buried in the Speaker's interim charges to the House committees. The County Affairs Committee has been asked to:Examine the advisability and probable impacts of creating a system of graduated ordinance-making authorities for counties with populations over one million based on population densities and unique geographic and environmental needs.
While this would current only apply to four counties - Bexar, Dallas, Harris, & Tarrant - by the end of the 2007 session, Travis should be coming up on a million population. The urban counties have long needed this authority. In fact, the counties adjacent to the urban counties need this authority. Certainly, the fast growing counties surrounding Houston would benefit from having additional ordinance-making authorities, particularly relating to land use.