CITY OF ELMENDORF
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A message from the City Administrator
The City of Elmendorf is a small community in the southeast corner of Bexar County, Texas. Originally, we were a rail town, started in 1885 as a stop on the San Antonio & Aransas Pass Railroad. It is a community of diverse cultures and citizens with diverse ideas but a single-mindedness for growth.
Since 2004, the City of Elmendorf has been actively organizing itself for the future. When the Eagleford Shale began being noticed, particularly southeast of us in Karnes County, we knew it was only a matter of time before our community began feeling the effects of the massive Texas oil boom.
Slowly, we began putting in place ordinances and regulations that would strategically make growth easier to occur. When the 2010 census numbers came out, we found that the stagnancy of the past 60 years (we were consistently in the 600 population range) had come to an end and our population had increased by 120% in only 10 years. Our population now stands at just under 1500 citizens. These new numbers give us an opportunity to grow even more under the statutes outlined in the Texas Local Government Code, giving us more authority over annexation and thus more authority over our own future.
Today and throughout the next few years are exciting times for our city. New home developments are coming to the area with builders/developers like Flagship homes, who plan adding roughly 200+ homes in the Homewood Place subdivision over the next 5 years. Industry is also coming to town with the Alamo Junction Rail Park, a master planned industrial park on 400+ acres that will house a variety of manufacturing and industrial businesses that will generate an estimated 500 new jobs in the community over the next 3-4 years.
With more homes, businesses and jobs we look forward to becoming more attractive to commercial growth and hopefully adding restaurants and service establishments within the city limits in the near future. While we have building regulations and codes to protect the current residents and their property values, we have streamlined those regulations and procedures to be much easier to work with than the “big towns”. By eliminating red tape, we can shave months of waiting time from potential businesses and give them the tools to get their new ventures off the ground so much quicker.
With this growth comes big responsibility. We are continuing to work with agencies like TXDOT to ensure than the highways running through our town are safe. We continue to work with City Public Service to ensure that our streets are lit up at night and agencies like Bexar County CDBG who assist us with drainage and road paving issues.
We were once a railroad town and we are so again. However, we are now so much more and look forward to a bright future serving the community we love.