Definition: A Public Improvement District (PID) is a defined geographic area, i.e. a neighborhood, within which public improvements may be financed through the use of special assessments.
Authority: The Texas Local Government Code (LGC), Chapter 372, authorizes municipal Governing Bodies (Cedar Hill City Council) to approve PIDs in their cities when it finds that the creation of the PID “promotes the interests of the municipality.”
Regulation: City Council adopted a PID Policy which establishes guidelines for PID operations.
How is a PID formed?
Any neighborhood, group of neighborhoods or any other geographical area with Cedar Hill’s jurisdictional limit can form a PID so long as more than 50% of the property owners within that area agree they want to, and the City Council approves their petition to do so.
A petition for the establishment of a PID must be submitted to the city and include the following:
the general nature of the proposed improvement;
the estimated cost of the improvement;
the boundaries of assessable property;
the property assessment cost;
whether the management of the district is to be by the management company, or a partnership between the community and the private sector;
that the persons signing the petition request or concur with the establishment of the district ; and
that an advisory body (PID Board) be established to develop and recommend an improvement plan to the City Council.