Dripping Springs City Council allows 3 more developments to continue despite moratorium

Taline Manassian and other Dripping Springs City Council members discussed the influence of the city's temporary development moratorium during the Jan. 11 meeting. (Maggie Quinlan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Taline Manassian and other Dripping Springs City Council members discussed the influence of the city's temporary development moratorium during the Jan. 11 meeting. (Maggie Quinlan/Community Impact Newspaper)

Taline Manassian and other Dripping Springs City Council members discussed the influence of the city's temporary development moratorium during the Jan. 11 meeting. (Maggie Quinlan/Community Impact Newspaper)

Dripping Springs City Council granted three more waivers for developers to continue their design and building processes during a Jan. 11 meeting.

Council Member Taline Manassian expressed concern for the second time this month that the city’s temporary development moratorium is not preventing enough development. Manassian and Council Member April Harris Allison opposed one development Jan. 11, although the motion for a waiver still passed.


“I don’t care about this particular property,” Manassian said. “All I care about is, how are we applying our standards for this moratorium?”

The three approved waivers were for the Overlook at Bunker Ranch and the Hardy T Land South and North residential developments. The Bunker Ranch development sits at 2100 Creek Road and proposes to place 11 single-family homes on 18 acres. The Hardy South plat at 2901 W. Hwy. 290 includes 39 single-family lots with an on-site septic system. Developers propose the Hardy North plat will include 33 single-family homes and seven condominium units.

Council approved an extension of the moratorium Nov. 22 for 90 days so the city could develop a comprehensive plan and buy some time as the city faces maxed-out wastewater capacity. Those 90 days will come to an end in late February, when council will vote to extend or end the moratorium.
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.