Bee Creek Resort plans move ahead to council vote in Lakeway

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Plans for a mixed resort development on 19.8 acres with lake frontage in Lakeway’s extraterritorial jurisdiction are moving ahead after the city’s June 6 Zoning and Planning Commission meeting.

Owners of the planned the Bee Creek Resort located at 19618 and 19726 Bee Creek Tavern Road are proposing a hotel, resort pool, pull-in RV spaces, casitas, yurts (circular tents on collapsible frames, native to Mongolia and Turkey), event area/pavilion, boat ramp and nature trails, according to city records. The property is due west of the Rough Hollow community.

To do that, the owners requested and received a request from a city commission to more than double the maximum-allowed impervious cover for properties that fall within the city’s ETJ.

“The granting of the variance will have no effect on future development of other land in the area. In fact, it will help provide needed access to both Lake Travis and to the adjacent LCRA land, which is categorized as ‘public land,’” Mark Priestner, president of urban planning and design group Planning Concepts, wrote in an April 5 letter to city staff. “It is our intent to work with LCRA to provide additional trails throughout the LCRA land while providing the trail head facilities on our property. The property is bordered by Lake Travis and, therefore, no development can occur beyond our site.”

ZAPCO approved the request to expand an allowance for impervious cover from the maximum 35 percent in the city’s ETJ to 60 percent. The request from Planning Concepts now has to go before the full council.

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  1. Do the unnamed owner/developers understand that as often as not, the part of the waterway fronting the proposed resort is shallow, stagnant, and frequently dry where Lake Travis comes up into Bee Creek valley? With a projected 60% impervious cover variance, even when there is sufficient water there, the impacts to the water quality will surely be significant and affect not only the sustainability (success?) of the resort but also area property values and lake water quality and use for existing property owners.

    • Good luck with that! As long as the LCRA controls the lake , it’ll be a dry lake bed most of the time!

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Rob Maxwell joined the world of print journalism and Community Impact in Sept. 2017 as editor of the Lake Travis - Westlake edition. He previously enjoyed a successful and rewarding career in radio and television news. In his spare time, Rob can be found scoping out area climbing walls and hiking trails. He lives in Cedar Park with his wife and daughters and looks forward to receiving his LCP edition of Community Impact Newspaper every month.
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