Bastrop saw major growth in 2023. Read the following stories published throughout the year to learn more about the changes coming to the area.

New workforce housing breaks ground in Cedar Creek

A new apartment complex is breaking ground just east of Cedar Creek High School at 691 Union Chapel Road, Cedar Creek. Now underway, construction is expected to be completed in early 2025.

Plans for the 291-unit multifamily affordable housing complex include a fitness center, dog park and swimming pool.

Home sales rise across Austin metro in October, despite high interest rates

After a summer and early fall of higher interest rates, home sales in the Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area housing market still rose by 4.1% in October, according to the Austin Board of Realtors’ most recent metro data.

According to ABoR officials in a news release, there were 2,337 total sales across the MSA in October, indicating buyers are still “finding value in the market.”

Bastrop Economic Development Corporation discusses budget, approves downtown lighting project

The 2023-24 budget for the Bastrop Economic Development Corporation was discussed at the BEDC board meeting at 6 p.m. Nov. 13.

The BEDC approved the expenditure of $164,000 to fund the downtown lighting project at the Nov. 13 meeting. The project includes uplighting of the trees downtown and additional lighting toward Ferry Park.

Roscoe Bank awards $20,000 to Bastrop EDC to support local business

Roscoe Bank awarded the Bastrop Economic Development Corporation $20,000, the second of five annual donations to be made in as many years totaling $100,000. The money was presented by Rick Womble, Roscoe Bank Bastrop branch president, at the BEDC board meeting Nov. 13.

Bastrop water treatment plant to begin tests in November

Testing will begin on the Bastrop water treatment plant in November, the next step in bringing the plant online after a year delay.

The plant is located south of Griesenbeck Ranch Road between the Colorado River and Hwy. 304.

Water wells at XS Ranch to provide Bastrop water in May to meet growing needs

Three new water wells at XS Ranch will start pumping from the Simsboro Aquifer in May. Located along SH 95, the city well field will consist of a total of four wells.

According to the XS Ranch Final Review memorandum, the wells are estimated to produce 6,000 acre-feet per year of water for the city.

6 housing developments coming to Bastrop

Bastrop’s population is estimated to double within the near future. Several developments are underway in Bastrop to address the growing need.

Further developments are in the planning stage, City Manager Sylvia Carrillo said.

“I think we’re going to get to 40,000 residents sooner than folks actually think,” Carrillo said at the Oct. 24 City Council meeting.