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Introduction to Magnolia, TX
Magnolia Texas is located in the southwestern corner of Montgomery County, about 18 miles west of The Woodlands. The city, proper occupies about 4.5 square miles and the extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETF) extends a half mile beyond that. The postal area associated with Magnolia covers a much larger area than the city itself bordering Pinehurst and the city of Stagecoach, TX. Magnolia has changed named several times during its history. It started out as Mink Prairie after a farmer who established a homestead there. It was renamed Melton after a landowner. It was eventually renamed Magnolia and in 1903, the post office relocated there. Magnolia resides in ZIP codes 77354 and 77355 with neighboring Pinehurst, TX in 77362
Historic train depot in the City of Magnolia, TX. Credit: George Holmes
Magnolia is incorporated as a city. It has grown rapidly in recent years with the estimated population nearly doubling between 200 and 2016. Magnolia city government is led by an elected mayor and five council members. In 2013 the Magnolia City Council adopted a 20-year comprehensive plan. The plan articulates the city’s vision for dealing with the projected business and residential growth in the area. The plan dubbed “Magnolia on the Move” addresses infrastructure improvements, transportation and connectivity and defines areas for specific types of land use.
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To ensure that development within the city conforms with the master plan, the City of Magnolia has adopted a Unified Development Code (UDC) to protect the public health, safety, and general welfare in accordance with the goals of the Comprehensive Plan. The UDC applies throughout the city with some provisions extending into the ETJ. The UDC established design standards for residential, lots, homes and accessory structures that affect anyone building or doing major improvements in the city and ETJ. Permits are required for most construction and remodeling activities performed inside the city.
Applications for permits are handled through the City Permits / Inspection / Utility Billing department. As of this writing (early 2018) The City of Magnolia has adopted the 2015 International Building Code; 2015 International Residential Code; 2015 International Fuel Gas Code; 2015 International Plumbing Code; 2015 International Fire Code; 2015 International Mechanical Code; 2015 International Energy Conservation Code; and the 2014 National Electrical Code (author’s note: As of September 15, 2017, the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) has established the 2017 NEC as the “minimum standard” for all electrical work in Texas).
If you are building a new construction home, remodeling or enhancing your existing home inside the city and ETJ you will need to be aware of and stay in compliance with applicable city standards. Always be certain that you have the current Standards.
The city development standards do not apply to unincorporated areas which are not within the city and ETJ, even though they may have Magnolia mailing addresses. In these cases, construction and remodeling activities must conform to the Texas State building standards or the applicable local standard (e.g., The City of Stagecoach Texas has their own zoning and building standards). If you are unsure whether you fall within the city of ETJ, contact the city to inquire.