The concept of the Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ) is proving central to Bee Cave's 25th anniversary this month. Formed in 1987 to stave off Austin City's drive to annex surrounding areas, Bee Cave now faces annexation choices of its own.
As the City leadership outlines the changes of the last 25 years the City Council faces a new wave of dissent and demands for less development going forward.
The City is also at or just beyond the point of having a 5,000+ population which would enable it to become a "home rule" city and pass its own laws - including the ones it would need to annex surrounding ETJs. That move would be crucial to enable the City to stop, instead of just slow, the arrival of the Covert car dealerships on 71 west of the City. But such a process would take almost 2 years to complete.