“Chickens, Signs, and Other Hot Topics” a paper on emerging trends in land use
In a new paper from Alan Bojorquez and Joseph Deeb, the authors outline a list of non-traditional land use and development topics that have been confronting Texas municipalities over the last few years. The paper share insights garnered through their roles as municipal lawyers representing Texas cities. The decision of what to include in this paper was influenced by an increasing tension between the efforts of some property owners to Go Green, and classic municipal regulations involving such routine standards as height, setbacks, and impervious cover. Some cities have been forced to rethink their standards when faced with a resident’s desire to crack open that backyard-fresh-egg, or operate their hot tub with a personal rainwater collection system, wind turbine, and solar panel.