1. Overview
  2. Process
  3. History
  4. Policy Points

Growth Strategies

Celina’s ultimate growth boundary is nearly 80 square miles in area, which is larger than both Frisco and Plano, and Celina’s ultimate build-out population is estimated to be approximately 378,000 in number.  However, just less than half that area is currently within city limits.   

 Why Annexation?

Unregulated development in the ETJ can damage property values and cost City taxpayers.   The State of Texas limits what a County can require of new development, so meaningful development outside the city limits does not follow the City’s safety standards nor many of its other design standards.  In order to ensure orderly and well-managed growth, the project needs to be in city limits, or be under an agreement with the City to abide by modern standards.   Otherwise, city taxpayers subsidize new growth outside city limits, and many projects allowed outside of zoning restrictions can negatively damage property values for an entire area.  The City’s long-range tax base and tax rate are both impacted by the City’s growth plan and regulatory framework.  City taxpayers subsidize fire and police to properties in the ETJ, absent annexation or other agreements.  

 Fast Facts

  • No resident has been annexed since 2017 State law changes
  • City taxpayers subsidize services and infrastructure to properties in the ETJ
  • Approximately 600 property owners have found value in signing a deferral agreement
  • Many property owners have desired immediate annexation and zoning when contacted in order to secure future entitlements and protect property values
  • Celina remains committed to orderly and well-managed growth where developers shoulder the cost of new infrastructure, projects are built to code, and the property values are protected