In 1996, a Development Agreement codified the relationship between Bright Farm Partnership and the City of Lewisville. Since then, Castle Hills has operated as an extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) within the City. Many of the services that would normally be provided by the City are currently provided by the fresh water supply districts that cover Castle Hills (the “Districts”).
Because Castle Hills was designed and developed based on an assumption of Annexation by Lewisville (see video by Developer ), the common goal was to integrate Castle Hills into the City. The integration of Castle Hills formally into the City of Lewisville through Annexation is moving forward, with a target date of December 2021.
The City has been working hard to ensure that every issue of the process associated with the Castle Hills Annexation has been thought through, both from the point of view of the residents and the City.
To facilitate the annexation, a committee has been formed of board members from the Districts and residents at large. Within this committee, a communications team has been formed to help facilitate the sharing of accurate information with residents on annexation.
The communication team will work to convey information from the annexation process and provide a means for helping address questions from the residents. Residents can post questions here for the communication team to address. Additionally, Residents are welcome to contact representatives from the annexation committee. Documents covering the latest topics are provided within covered within the link below.
The information provided here is not meant to represent an opinion or recommendation for annexation.
The link below gives you access to information that the City has collected including the Questions and Answers documented to date.
Questions are collected every Sunday and should be responded to by Wednesday of the following week.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Castle Hills Communication Team
Chris Crawford, 1D Board Member
John Deihl, 1E Board Member
Katrina W. English, 1F Board Member
Guy Harris, 1B Board Member
Colleen Marchetti, At-Large 1B resident
Current list of Questions and Answers (as of 5/25/2021)
|Is the trash pickup going to remain the same (twice a week trash, once a week recycle) ?||Yes. The current Castle Hills Trash and Recycling contract does not expire until April 2022. This contract will remain in place after Annexation until April of 2022 with an extension to 2024.|
|Starting in 2022 what will the HOA still be responsible for||The HOA and Castle Hills Master Association will continue to operate as they currently do after Annexation. Parks that will be taken on by the City will be maintained by the City.|
|Regarding waste collection, in the chart on the notes from April it says that residents will have landfill privileges. On the next page it states They will also not be granted landfill privileges at either of the landfills in Lewisville until under the Republic Contract. Could you clarify which is correct?||Because residents in Castle Hills already have a Lewisville mailing address, some residents have been able to use their current water bill to access free landfill drop-offs. However, under the City’s agreement with Republic Waste Services, free landfill access is not actually offered to Castle Hills residents since Castle Hills is currently under contract with Community Waste Disposal (CWD). Republic will not be offered until Castle Hills neighborhoods are added to the Republic contract, which is not expected before April 2024 at the earliest. Under CWD, Castle Hills residents can currently put bulk and brush to be collected on the second cycle trash pickup day. The limit is two cubic yards of bulk and loose brush.
After annexation, Castle Hills residents will be able to participate in the city’s monthly drop-off for Household Hazardous Waste recycling. That program is funded by a grant and is not reliant on the garbage collection contract.
|Why should Castle Hills Annex at this time?||
If annexation does not occur then the residents of Castle Hills (CH) would have to find a way of replacing the critical services currently provided through City of Lewisville (City) agreements that are set to expire in the next few years.
A primary example is the handling of the Sewage and Waste. Currently this is handled through a contract with City at the Lewisville Treatment Plant. If we are not annexed, Castle Hills would need to construct our own infrastructure or find another supplier to treat sewage with a cost that would be millions added with the challenged that Castle HIlls does not have a space to accommodate one that would not infringe on residential areas. The City is already working on developing plans to increase the pump stations, gravity lines and etc. to make sure Castle Hills is properly prepared for the expansion that is forthcoming in Districts still to be developed.
Emergency Response is another example of services contracted. These services would not be provided by the City after our existing agreement expires. Castle Hills would have to try and either contract with private entities, another city or create its own, which again poses an extremely expensive capital expenditure that would have to be absorbed by residents.
The City owns our roads and utilities and the debt used to construct them was underwritten by the City. If Annexation does not happen, we would have to find a way to acquire the infrastructure and renew the debt at a risk of a higher cost than we are currently paying.
Long Term Capital Expenditures is another main item. Infrastructure, debt management and budgets of the districts were all designed and built on the assumption of annexation by the City. The water tower, lift station, streets, underground sewer and water transmission infrastructure will all have to be maintained and replaced with age. The districts do not operate under nor have budgeted for a 20-50 year capital expenditure plan as many cities do, since the intent was always to be annexed.
Some specific examples of our agreements with COL and their expiration dates are:
|Will the HOA change upon Annexation?||There will be no changes to the HOA rules, Management Structure, or Board Membership as a result of he Annexation of Castle Hills by the City of Lewisville. As at present HOA dues will continue to be assessed by the HOA board annually, based on the operational and capital costs that the Board anticipates for the following year.|
|How will Annexation effect where kids will go to school?||The Annexation does not involve the Lewisville Independent School Board. This is a separate entity from the City of Lewisville and Castle Hills.|
|Who will represent CH on City Council after annexation?||Until the next city election, Castle Hills will be represented at large be the current city council and Mayor.|