The Hunt County Commissioners Court agreed Monday to hire a law firm to help draw up new regulations governing residential subdivisions.

Precinct 4 Commissioner Jim Latham said the idea was to revamp the existing rules, which have been in place since 1991.

While the firm of Fanning, Harper and Martinson is expected to be involved with helping develop the framework of the new regulations, Latham said most of the changes will come from the work of county officials.

“This is going to be a reasonably long-term thing,” Latham said. “We’re going to have to have a lot of input on it, but we would like to allow them to develop the final document and do some research, as needed.”

Hunt County is seeing an unprecedented amount of growth moving in from the west, with several major subdivisions under construction or in the planning stages.

Latham said the legal firm will help prepare a rough draft, likely based on existing regulations in nearby counties, which will be submitted to a committee made up of commissioners, officials from the Hunt County Health Department and community leaders.

“We send it back to them and they give it back to us in book form,” Latham said.

Precinct 3 Commissioner Phillip Martin agreed with the proposed method for the work, but asked how much it would cost.

“We’re not looking at an open check book,” Martin said.

The Commissioners agreed to cap the initial allocation at $2,000 and that if the attorneys required additional funding, they would be allowed to request it.

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