County commissioners approved a policy Tuesday that allows special districts to petition Denton County to make official the traffic regulations on public roads that are privately maintained.
The policy was made possible by House Bill 2330, carried by state Rep. Lance Gooden, R-Kaufman, during the 2013 legislative session. That bill gives a county the authority to enter into local agreements with special districts concerning their traffic rules.
“Based on that policy, we will now be accepting petitions from districts to allow the county to issue traffic regulations within special districts in Denton County,” said Commissioner Hugh Coleman.
Some of the special districts in the county include Paloma Creek, Savannah, Artesia and Frisco Ranch.
“It brings clarity to a problem in special districts and will hopefully prove to be worthwhile going forward,” said County Judge Mary Horn.
The plan, Coleman said, would be to adopt all present posted traffic signs and speed limits for the districts that petition the county.
Anything else done in the future would be according to Texas Department of Transportation rules, regulations and procedures, such as performing a traffic study before trying to add or change a speed limit or school zone.
“We wanted to be pragmatic and adopt things presently in place along with a commonsense approach to changing things in the future,” Coleman said.
Coleman said he thinks the policy will help with the quality of life in the districts.
“Now, they will have enforceable traffic laws. Right now, their signs are mere aspiration,” he said.
“The only problem is we still won’t be able to regulate fireworks, firearms or livestock — this only applies to traffic,” Coleman said.
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