Does the CIty have the authority to regulate zoning?

Yes, per Texas Local Government Code (TITLE 7. REGULATION OF LAND USE, STRUCTURES, BUSINESSES, AND RELATED ACTIVITIES), a municipality has the authority to regulate zoning and buildings within it's limts, however they arre also required to have a method to appleal and make adjustments. 

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1. What is the Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ)?

Extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) means all land situated within one half mile in all directions from the corporate boundary of the city and its extensions, and which is not in conflict with the ETJ of another municipality, or with any duly executed boundary agreement with another incorporated municipality. The distance is based on the population and set be law in Texas.

A city’s ETJ is essentially the area outside a city’s corporate limits but within the ultimate planning area. Generally, it can be thought of as a ring around Van which enables the city to regulate subdivision of land, however, it does not allow for zoning regulation.

The screenshot below is directly from the existing Zoning Ordinance, in effect since 1973. 


2. Do we already have codes and ordinances in place?
3. Does the CIty have the authority to regulate zoning?