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Posted on: August 20, 2021

City accepting affidavits for master-planned communities

The City of Galveston is currently accepting affidavits from neighborhood representatives seeking a master-planned community designation.  

Earlier this month, the Galveston City Council approved an amendment to city code adding the definition of master-planned community as well as a process for neighborhoods to acquire a master-planned community designation. The move followed discussion and implementation of new golf cart regulations, which carry some master-planned community exceptions.

The City is using the state’s definition of a master-planned community as a platted, residential subdivision that is subject to deed restrictions, mandatory membership in a property owners’ association with annual fees or dues, and that provides a minimum of common areas and amenities. In order to seek a designation, an authorized representative of the property owners’ association must submit an affidavit affirming:

i. The property owners’ association is current and active; 

ii. The property owners’ association holds title to the common areas/ amenities in the platted residential subdivision; 

iii. The membership in the property owners’ association is mandatory for all owners of individual lots/ units; and, 

iv. The annual fees are mandatory for all owners of individual lots/ units. 

The City of Galveston will then publish the list of master-planned communities that have been approved by the city and qualify for the exceptions granted within the golf cart regulations. This information is available online at 

An application may be sent to the City of Galveston, Development Services Department, to the attention of Patrick Collins. Residents may send applications in electronically or in hard copy. The email for Patrick is PCollins@GalvestonTX.Gov. The mailing address is P.O. Box 779 Galveston, TX 77553 | 3015 Market St. Galveston, TX 77550. There is not a fee. 

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