Plan & Prepare Home Rule Charter Election
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The Northlake Charter Commission was established in 2020 to produce a home rule charter for the Town. This allows the transition from a Type A General Law City to a Home Rule City. The commission, made up of 19 Northlake residents selected by the Mayor and Council, has spent hours debating, drafting, and creating a new Town Charter to govern the Town. Residents of Northlake voted on the Town Charter during the May 2021 Special Election. The election passed with 84% (652) of residents voting for the charter.
Strategically Manage ETJ Annexations
Extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) refers to unincorporated areas of land that share a border with a city or town. To ensure that development in and around Northlake conforms as closely as possible to the preferences of residents and the Town's Comprehensive Plan, the Town Council has worked to annex ETJ to monitor development and growth strategically. Between 2015 and 2020, the town has annexed roughly 115 acres of ETJ. In 2021 Northlake annexed 390 acres of ETJ, with most of the property located directly north of Dale Earnheardt Way. These properties bring a sizable amount of new commercial development to the southern end of town.