City to Annex 600 Acres in Far East El Paso, Developer will Donate portion for Parks

Tuesday, El Paso City Council approved a development agreement that will allow for the annexation of approximately 600 acres of vacant land in Far East El Paso in which the developer, Ranchos Real Land Holdings, will donate seven acres of land to the City of El Paso for future public facilities.

The donated land is valued at more than $1.8 million.

In addition to the donated property, the agreement also commits the developer to partner with the City of El Paso in the creation of a Public Improvement District (PID) and Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) to provide funding for future public facilities, such as parks, that will serve this new development area.

The approved development agreement will waive several development fees for the developer, including annexation fees, development application fees, plan review fees, and other development related costs.

Also included in the development agreement is the commitment from the developer to incorporate several Smart Growth principals in the new development to include: connectivity and access for pedestrians, protected bicycle lanes, interconnection of internal streets, smaller blocks, and primary civic spaces, including schools and parks.

This development agreement also implements many policy recommendations outlined in Plan El Paso, the city’s comprehensive plan. Plan El Paso was unanimously approved by the City Plan Commission and City Council in 2012 after expansive public outreach and with thousands of El Pasoans providing input.