Master-planned neighborhood in Dripping Springs to bring 960 homes, new roads

The proposed Wild Ridge master-planned neighborhood northeast of downtown Dripping Springs would include 960 homes on 40- to 60-foot-wide lots. (Courtesy City of Dripping Springs)
The proposed Wild Ridge master-planned neighborhood northeast of downtown Dripping Springs would include 960 homes on 40- to 60-foot-wide lots. (Courtesy City of Dripping Springs)

The proposed Wild Ridge master-planned neighborhood northeast of downtown Dripping Springs would include 960 homes on 40- to 60-foot-wide lots. (Courtesy City of Dripping Springs)

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The new neighborhood will sit north of Blue Blazes Ranch on Hwy. 290. (Courtesy City of Dripping Springs)
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Dotted red and orange lines show roads that will be added to the Wild Ridge neighborhood. (Courtesy City of Dripping Springs)
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The Wild Ridge development will cover 283 acres. After negotiating with the city, developers agreed to increase lot size and reduce the number of lots from 975 to 960. (Courtesy City of Dripping Springs)
A new 283-acre neighborhood being planned in Dripping Springs will host 960 new homes along with roads, water lines, commercial space and public land.

City Attorney Laura Mueller and the developers, Meritage Homes, presented the plan during the Aug. 3 Dripping Springs City Council meeting, though council postponed voting on different elements of the plan that will require the city’s approval.

“This group has been very good to work with,” Mayor Bill Foulds Jr. said at the meeting. “You should be commended. Thank you very much. We didn’t all get what we wanted but we got a very good project out of it.”

Mueller said she worked with engineering firm Doucet and Associates to expand lot sizes for a lower density in the proposed neighborhood called Wild Ridge, where lots would range from 40 to 60 feet wide and sit northeast of downtown. The city also negotiated for Wild Ridge to operate in Dripping Springs’ first in-city Municipal Utilities District rather than an out-of-city MUD, which was originally planned when development planning began in 2019.

Representatives from Doucet and Associates said the project should generate $683,000 in annual property tax for the city of Dripping Springs.


A new four-lane arterial road will connect the neighborhood to Hwy. 290, developers told council. Developers said eventually they would like for the north road to cross Hwy. 290 and connect to FM 150, as is depicted in the city's Transportation Plan.

The master-planned development will bring with it a commercial tract and amenity hub with proposed architecture and landscape matching the city’s modern Hill Country theme.

Wild Ridge would also include public trails, a playground and a disc golf course with 85 parking spaces.

Meritage Homes will incur about $29.65 million in costs to add roads and utility access. Per the proposed agreement, which is not yet approved by City Council, the city would pay more than $8.2 million for roads and utilities as well.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to clarify the possibility of a new road reaching to FM 150 and Laura Mueller's role.
By Maggie Quinlan

Reporter, Southwest Austin/Dripping Springs

Maggie joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in July 2021 after a year spent covering crime, courts and politics at The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, near the border with Idaho. In Southwest Austin and Dripping Springs, Maggie covers education, business, healthcare, transportation, real estate development and nonprofits. Prior to CI, she graduated from Washington State University, where she was managing editor of the student newspaper and a section editor at her hometown newspaper based in Moscow, Idaho. Maggie dreamed of living in the Austin area for years and feels honored to serve the communities of Southwest Austin and Dripping Springs.



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