Cedar Park to buy Lime Creek Quarry from city of Austin

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The city of Cedar Park will spend $4.1 million to purchase the 215-acre Lime Creek Quarry site from the city of Austin after Cedar Park City Council approved a purchase resolution Aug. 27.

The city will eventually end blasting on the site, and the purchase will be funded by the city Community Development Corp., or 4B Board. City Council members said the city’s land purchase may also bring new development to the site, including roads and public utilities.

Phil Brewer, Cedar Park director of economic development, said the property has been an active quarry since 1932. The city of Austin bought the site in 1987 for waste disposal, he said.

Throughout 2014 both cities negotiated for a purchase agreement, which Austin City Council approved in December and Cedar Park City Council approved in January. Cedar Park council members have since held multiple executive sessions after regular council meetings to discuss purchase details. As part of the deal, Cedar Park staffers will also set a timeline to end blasting and heavy truck traffic associated with companies that operate in the quarry.

Place 1 Council Member Stephen Thomas said residents have had inquiries about the quarry blasts for years, and Mayor Matt Powell said the issue of ending blasting and developing the property predates every council member. All council members, including new Place 6 Council Member Kristyne Bollier, voted to approve the property purchase.

Effective Aug. 27, the city requires additional limits on Ranger Excavating, which conducts blasts on the site. Brewer said the company previously blasted on the property at least twice a day, five days a week. The city’s agreement with Ranger now limits the firm to six blasts each week and only on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, Brewer said.

By 2018, Ranger must decrease to four or five blasts on only two days each week. The company must also restrict its heavy trucks from traveling through city neighborhoods or on Anderson Mill Road, Brewer said. All blasting will end by Jan. 1, 2022, and all mining operations will end Jan. 1, 2023. Brewer said the company’s lease will expire June 30, 2023.

Another firm, Acme Brick Company, will continue to operate on the property.

As part of the deal, the city will change site restrictions and lower blast frequencies, including requiring tenant Ranger Excavating to avoid further mining in certain property areas that are planned for land preservation.

As part of a purchase deal, the city of Cedar Park end mining activity in Lime Creek Quarry by 2023. Until then, the city will require tenant Ranger Excavating to avoid further mining in certain areas that are planned for land preservation. (via Courtesy city of Cedar Park)

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Stephen Burnett has been a community journalist since 2005. He joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in November 2013. For the cities of Cedar Park, Leander and northwest Austin, he covers city and county government, business, development, events, transportation, utilities and more.
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