More Texas cities are becoming comfortable using Municipal Setting Designations (MSDs) to close contaminated properties and enhance property marketability by restricting groundwater use. Often, this requires the approval of more than one municipality — the city of residence and any city with a water well within five miles of the MSD boundary. Recently, Gardere obtained an MSD for a facility in Irving and received supporting approval from the City of Grand Prairie, a municipality that is very conservative in its support of the program because of a unique situation involving soil vapor intrusion. In related news, the Bellaire City Council voted in early December to support two MSD applications for properties outside Bellaire but within five miles of a Bellaire water well.

Link to MSD regulations