• San Antonio Chamber of Commerce

Written Testimony against HB 3519 and SB 1992

We also provided written testimony in opposition to HB 3519 (Rep. Deshotel) at the House Committee on Land & Resource Management and SB 1992 (Sen. Bettencourt) at the Senate Committee on Local Government, which both relate to the release of an area from a municipality’s extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) by petition or election. Municipal authority in an extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) is vital to protect and sustain military missions that are nearby. Without thoughtful development, fast growing areas that reside close to a military installation may inadvertently place those military missions in serious jeopardy.

According to the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, the total economic output of military installations for 2019 was approximately $123 billion, with:

  • Joint Base San Antonio contributing $41.3 billion

  • Fort Hood contributing $29.8 billion

  • Fort Bliss contributing $25.6 billion.

The Department of Defense must rely on the community’s land use controls to ensure that the military missions are not adversely affected by land development. If an area chooses to be released from the ETJ, either by petition or election, important planning and zoning processes that can protect the missions will not remain and we could run the risk of losing the mission and its vital economic impact to the state.

The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce strongly supports JBSA by advocating for protection of their missions and promoting the growth of future missions. We also actively support our community's ability to grow, maximize economic competitiveness, and enhance their quality of life. Anything that could possibly detract from this is seriously concerning to us.