(a) To exercise the powers authorized by this subchapter, the commissioners court
shall appoint a commission. If the county has a planning commission or historic commission, the commissioners
court may designate either of those commissions to serve as the commission required
by this section. The commission shall recommend boundaries for the original districts and appropriate
regulations for each district.
(b) The commission shall elect a chairman from its members. The chairman serves in that capacity for a term set by the commission. The commission may at any time choose for a particular meeting or occasion an acting
chairman as necessary from its members. In the event of resignation, end of term, or a vacancy, the commissioners court
shall appoint new members. The commission shall fill a vacancy in the office of chairman by election. The commission may employ a secretary, an acting secretary, and other technical
or clerical personnel.
(c) A member of the commission is not entitled to compensation but is entitled to
expenses actually incurred while serving on the commission as provided by order of
the commissioners court.
(d) The commission shall make a preliminary report and hold public hearings on that
report before submitting a final report to the commissioners court. The commissioners court may not take final action or hold a public hearing until
it has received the final report of the commission.
(e) Before the 10th day before the hearing date, written notice of each public hearing
before the commission on a proposed change in a classification in the district shall
be sent to:
(1) each owner of affected property or to the person who renders the property for
county taxes; and
(2) each owner of property that is located within 200 feet of property affected by
the change or to the person who renders the property for county taxes.
(f) The notice may be served by depositing it, postage paid and properly addressed,
in the United States mail.
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