|Entities affiliated with Centurion American Development Group (Developer) own approximately 2,000 acres of land in the City's Extraterritorial Jurisdiction in proximity to State Highway 114, as shown on the attached map (the Property). The Property is undeveloped and is located within the Alpha Ranch Fresh Water Control and Improvement District, consisting of the Elizabeth Creek and Alpha Ranch developments (collectively, the Alpha Ranch development), the South Denton County Water Control and Improvement District No. 1 (the Brookfield development), and the North Fort Worth Water Control and Improvement District No. 1 of Denton and Wise Counties (the Shale Creek development) (the Districts), which districts were created with the City's consent. The Developer agreed to develop the Property with a mixture of residential, commercial and recreational uses in accordance with City standards. The Districts were created and approved by the City Council as follows: Alpha Ranch, consisting of approximately 1,294 acres on February 15, 2007; Brookfield, consisting of approximately 231 acres on April 19, 2007; and Shale Creek, consisting of approximately 251 acres on August 21, 2006. On January 25, 2011, the City Council approved operation, development and utility Agreements for the Brookfield District. (M&C C-24720, CSC Nos. 42127, 42128 and 42120 respectively.)
When the Development and Utility Agreements were approved, the Property was located in an area for which Certificate of Convenience and Necessity (CCN) had been issued by TCEQ to Aqua Texas to provide retail water. The Agreements contemplated that Aqua Texas would provide retail water and sewer service to the Property for a term of 17 years, after which the City had an option to become the retail water and sewer provider and to purchase, for a nominal amount, water and wastewater infrastructure to serve the Property. Aqua Texas, the City, the Districts desire to enter into an Agreement providing, among other terms, for Aqua Texas to transfer to the City all of its rights and obligations in connection with retail water service to the Property under their CCN and to transfer to the Districts all of its rights and obligations in connection with retail sewer service to the Property superseding the original utility agreement and ancillary agreements concerning water and sewer service to the Property.
On September 23, 2014, the City Council adopted Resolution No. 4361-09-2014 which authorized the city staff to negotiate Agreements with the Developer, Aqua Texas and the Districts for: 1) the transfer the CCN to the City from Aqua Texas; 2) to negotiate for the provision of water and sewer service to the Property to include a Wholesale Water Agreement to serve part of the Shale Creek Development with no infrastructure or meter cost to the City; 3) to negotiate for the construction of water and sewer infrastructure to include a water line to connect Sendera Ranch pump station to existing City infrastructure and a wastewater treatment plant; 4) negotiate for the construction of a sewer line connecting to the City's system, and at the City's discretion, discontinuance of by the Districts of the wastewater treatment plant upon the City becoming the retail sewer service provider to the property; 5) to negotiate for the construction, consistent with the City's Master Thoroughfare Plan, of a four-lane extension of Sendera Ranch Boulevard from its existing terminus to SH 114 outside the City limits, at no cost to the City, and to be reimbursed less any proportional share required for the portion of the extension located within the City limits with roadway impact fees or fee credits in accordance with the City's transportation impact fee policy; and construction of a portion of Sendera Ranch Boulevard outside of the City limits, at no cost to the City and to be reimbursed less any proportional share required for the portion of the extension; and 6) to amend the Development Agreement for Brookfield and enter into Development Agreements for the Alpha Ranch District and Shale Creek to reflect the new arrangements for providing water and sewer service to the Property and to address other outstanding issues. This M&C does not request approval of a contract with a business entity.
Aqua Texas has agreed to transfer to the City Aqua Texas' CCN and contract rights and obligations governing retail water utility service to Brookfield, Alpha Ranch and Shale Creek and to include land immediately adjacent to Alpha Ranch provided that the land is annexed by the Alpha Ranch District. Alpha Ranch District has submitted two petitions to annex the area for Council's approval. Staff recommends approving the attached resolutions to allow Alpha Ranch to annex the area which will transfer the CCN from Aqua Texas to the City.
The parties have the authority to enter into this Agreement pursuant to Section 212.172 of the Local Government Code.
The property is located in the City's extraterritorial jurisdiction adjacent to CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 7.