The City of Aransas Pass recently announced plans to annex up to 1,800 acres north of our current city limits. The purpose of this proposed annexation is to protect Aransas Pass from a 7,200 acre planned Corpus Christi annexation. They will have their final vote on May 21st. See the attached map. The red area is the Aransas Pass City Limits. The gold colored area is the Aransas Pass ETJ (Extraterritorial Jurisdiction). ETJ is the legal ability of a city to have authority beyond its boundaries. In Texas, cities over 100,000 in population may extend their ETJ to five miles beyond their boundaries. Based on State law, Corpus Christi has a 5 mile ETJ while Aransas Pass has a 1 mile ETJ. The large dark blue area will be the Corpus Christi ETJ after it votes to annex the light blue area on May 21st. The green lines are the current Corpus Christi city boundaries. As can be seen, the current Corpus city limits come up to and surround a large section of Aransas Pass.
As can be seen, most of Aransas Pass is in the water, so the only place left for us to annex land and protect ourselves from Corpus is to the North. That is the reason for the proposed Aransas Pass annexation. Cites didn’t find out about Corpus’ Annexation plans until very recently.
The proposed Aransas Pass annexation comes down to doing nothing and allowing ourselves to be surrounded by Corpus; or to be proactive and take steps to control our own future.
The City of Aransas Pass’s annexation procedure will include two public hearings. One on April 30th. The other will be on May 1st. You are encouraged to attend. Both hearings will be at 5:30 PM at the Aransas Pass City Hall, 600 W. Cleveland.
City Manager, Aransas Pass