Dripping Springs development roundup: Here is where 5 ongoing projects stand

Parten Ranch developers will need to make a several changes to phase 6 and 7 plats to receive approval from the Dripping Springs Planning and Zoning Commission. (Courtesy Parten Ranch)
Parten Ranch developers will need to make a several changes to phase 6 and 7 plats to receive approval from the Dripping Springs Planning and Zoning Commission. (Courtesy Parten Ranch)

Parten Ranch developers will need to make a several changes to phase 6 and 7 plats to receive approval from the Dripping Springs Planning and Zoning Commission. (Courtesy Parten Ranch)

The Dripping Springs Planning and Zoning Commission blocked three developers’ requests to rezone plats for their proposed housing developments Nov. 9. The commission also approved two requests during the Nov. 9 meeting.

City Council will have the final say on the proposed plat changes.

Parten Ranch

The commission denied a request to rezone a 129-acre plat of the proposed Parten Ranch development, which would be divided into 122 residential lots.

A development agreement was approved for the larger plan in 2016. The plat developers wished to rezone represents phases 6 and 7 of the project.


The city recommended developers provide documentation of approval from Hays County for proposed street names, a geological assessment and an engineers summary report.

Big Sky Ranch

The planning and zoning commission voted to deny a Phase 3 request from Big Sky Ranch developers to rezone an 82-acre tract at the intersection of Sue Peaks Loop and Diablo Rim Terrace that would be divided into 215 residential lots.

The commission also denied the Phase 4 zoning request for Big Sky, which would turn a 25-acre stretch into 134 residential lots.

City Engineer Chad Gilpin made 16 engineering-related recommendations to the Big Sky developer, Meritage Homes, on the 82-acre plat, according to comments from the city. Gilpin concluded his comments writing that the plat could not be approved until either construction of public infrastructure is complete or until money dedicated to the construction is ensured.

Esperanza

The commission approved an application for a plat in the Esperanza development’s second phase. The 52-acre tract is located at the intersection of Bell Springs Road and Prairie Clover Drive and would result in 57 residential lots.

The Esperanza Phase 2 final plat was originally approved in April, but the new, updated final plat eliminated access to Yellow Bell Run from Bell Springs Road, according to city documents.

Driftwood Golf and Ranch Club

The commission approved plans for a 56-acre tract located on Driftwood Ranch Drive out of the Freelove Woody Survey planned for the Driftwood Gold and Ranch Club. The plat will be divided into 30 residential lots.

Caliterra

The commission denied a request to rezone a 39-acre stretch that would become 103 residential lots. The tract is located at Soaring Hill Road and Fish Trap Road. City Planner Tory Carpenter requested several changes, including a three-dimensional file demonstrating plat boundaries.
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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