Signal Hill subdivision in Bee Cave moves forward

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It took two tries, but the Signal Hill subdivision was granted four proposed amendments to its development agreement at the May 14 Bee Cave City Council meeting.

The motion passed 5-1 with Council Member Kara King comprising the lone “no” vote.

Council tabled the item during its March 26 meeting in order to address concerns about long-term functionality pertaining to impervious cover related to swimming pools and impervious cover credit related to rainwater-harvesting systems.

The 94-acre development north of Hamilton Pool Road and west of Cueva Drive in Bee Cave saw its preliminary plat for 61 residences approved in October 2017 and its final plat and site plan approved in March.

Though the item was tabled six weeks ago, council agreed on the first two amendment proposals. The first proposal holds each lot in Signal Hill, rather than the entire subdivision, to a 40 percent maximum removal-without-replacement standard pertaining to trees, according to city documents.

The second proposed amendment clarifies that fences are allowed in water-quality buffer zones or drainage areas as long as they do not impede drainage flow.

The amendment that initially called for swimming pools built on lots within the subdivision to not be considered impervious cover was revised. The new language states that if a lot has an infiltration trench, the surface area of a swimming pool will not be deducted from that lot’s impervious cover.

The revised language pertaining to the rainwater-harvesting systems states a lot owner with one of those systems is eligible for an impervious cover increase equal to the lesser of 5% of the lot’s site area or 50% of the equivalent roof area.

Builders for the development said after the meeting that 17 of the 61 lots have sold so far, and a complete build-out of the neighborhood is predicted for spring 2022.

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  1. Yet another development in the Little Barton Creek floodplain that will affect the LWC on Great Divide Drive. Atlas 14 isn’t official yet so water catchment systems don’t need to meet the Atlas 14 standard. Will Signal Hill take this into account? Most likely not since it will cost money. Thank you Crumbleys. And more importantly, does the city council of Bee Cave understand this?

    • Yes each new development west of the Homestead will add substantial flow to the Little Barton Creek low water crossing each time it rains. Yet the residents of the Homestead are content with this and voted to not build a bridge to their properties. They had a county-funded long term solution handed to them on a silver platter and rejected it. Now let them suffer the consequences because nothing / no one is going to stop the buildout along 71 and LBC.

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Brian has been a reporter and editor since 2012. He wrote about the music scene in Dallas-Fort Worth before becoming managing editor for the Graham Leader in Graham, Texas, in 2013. He relocated to Austin, Texas, in 2015 to work for Gatehouse Media's large design hub. He became the editor for the Lake Travis-Westlake publication of Community Impact in August 2018.
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