HBA-LJP, KDB H.B. 984 77(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 984 By: Grusendorf Land & Resource Management 2/21/2001 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Historically, nonprofit organizations such as religious entities have been allowed to build in residential areas on unplatted property. However, some cities have recently begun to require owners of property to file a plat in order to receive a building permit. This requirement can cause a significant financial burden for nonprofit organizations and in some cases, the platting fees for platting the entire property can exceed the value of the structure to be constructed. House Bill 984 provides that owners of tax-exempt religious property do not have to file a plat to receive a building permit. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that this bill does not expressly delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state officer, department, agency, or institution. ANALYSIS House Bill 984 amends the Local Government Code to provide that an owner of an unplatted tract of land that is a tax-exempt religious organization is not required to prepare a plat to obtain a building permit for developing the tract. The bill provides that the owner of the property must comply with all applicable platting requirements if the property loses its religious organization exemption from taxation. The bill provides that certain provisions regarding the regulation of property development do not apply to an unplatted tract of land that is owned by a tax-exempt religious organization. The bill also provides that if the property loses its religious organization exemption from taxation, then regulation of property development provisions begin to apply to the property on the day after the date on which the exemption is lost. H.B. 984 amends the Property Code to authorize a person to file for record or have a plat recorded in the county clerk's office if the plat is exempted from approval because it is a tax-exempt religious organization property. The bill requires the clerk or deputy to note on the plat that the property was exempt due to it being owned by a religious organization. The bill provides that an unapproved plat must be stamped "unapproved plat" by the county clerk or a deputy of the clerk before it may be filed. EFFECTIVE DATE On passage, or if the Act does not receive the necessary vote, the Act takes effect September 1, 2001.