Corpus Christi Annexes 7,000 acres in San Pat Co.
The annexation of 7,000 acres of property in San Patricio County to form three new industrial districts within Corpus Christi is now official. The Corpus Christi City Council gave final approval to the annexation at its meeting May 21, citing a bill in the Texas Legislature as a reason to rush the process.
House Bill 2589 would have limited certain municipal annexations. The bill, authored by Rep. J.M. Lozano (R-Kingsville), went into committee April 2, where it died. The 86th Legislature adjourned May 27 until January 2021 without taking a vote on the bill.
The acreage annexed includes two parcels of land in Corpus Christi’s extraterritorial jurisdiction: a 1,500-acre tract between Gregory and Portland and 5,700 acres between Portland and Ingleside. Gregory, Portland, and Ingleside are in San Patricio County; Corpus Christi is the county seat for Nueces County.
The annexation does not affect the taxing jurisdiction in San Patricio County. As part of an industrial district for another county and city, however, industries that are already in that area or plan to build there could be levied city fees or even taxes.
Industries already operating in the annexed area include the old Sherwin Alumina site, where Nashtec LLC and Reynolds Metal Company run operations, and TPCO America, a steel pipe manufacturing plant. It also includes property owned by the Port of Corpus Christi that connects to the location of the proposed ExxonMobil/SABIC plastics manufacturing facility.
Annexation makes the city responsible for providing infrastructure and utilities to the areas.
Opposition to the annexation from San Patricio County officials and residents was fierce, at least at one of the early meetings of the City Council on the subject. The city announced plans to proceed with the annexation in early March. By the end of the month, the council voted to begin the process and set up public hearings. Two of those required public hearings were held on the same day in April, one right after the other.
“Corpus Christi opposes this legislation,” Corpus Christi Mayor Joe McComb said during an April council meeting. “Portland is also opposed to these two bills. If approved, these bills will become law and take effect immediately. I believe we should move quickly to protect our area.”
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