Community Impact Newspaper Lake Travis-Westlake celebrates 100th edition


The timeline below offers readers a look back at some of the biggest events Community Impact Newspaper reported from 2010 to now.

April 2010

The Backyard opens on Bee Cave Parkway after moving from Hwy. 71, where it had closed in 2008. It closes in 2014.

September 2010

Vandegrift High School opens in Four Points as does Four Points Middle School.

Septmeber 2011

A wildfire sweeps through parts of Spicewood and Steiner Ranch during hot, dry conditions prompted by a worsening drought.

October 2011

An economic study shows Lake Travis-related businesses were responsible for 2,000 jobs as three summers of low water levels continued.

January 2012

Spicewood Beach runs out of water, prompting the Lower Colorado River Authority to truck in supplies for residents as Lake Travis water levels hit 38 percent capacity.

April 2012

Serene Hills, a 300-home community, breaks ground in Lakeway.

April 2012

Lakeway Regional Medical Center opens. The 275,400-square-foot, full-service hospital and emergency center changes ownership in late 2016 to become Baylor, Scott & White Medical Center-Lakeway.

June 2012

Whole Foods Market opens at the Hill Country Galleria.

October 2012

Moviehouse & Eatery opens to anchor the new Trails at 620 shopping center.

May 2013

Bee Cave adopts home rule status allowing it to annex areas of its extraterritorial jurisdiction.

May 2013

The city of Lakeway celebrates 50-year anniversary.

February 2014

Vibra Healthcare takes over the vacant Lake Travis Specialty Hospital location in Lakeway.

March 2014

LCRA cuts off water supply to downstream rice farmers due to ongoing drought in lakes Buchanan and Travis.

September 2014

Lake Travis Middle School opens, highlighting ongoing area growth. In April, West Cypress Hills Elementary School breaks ground.

May 2015

Historic rainfall brings up water levels at Lake Travis and renews hopes for an economic boost to the drought-ravaged area.

May 2015

the Texas Department of Transportation launches its RM 620 Feasibility Study with a goal of recommending traffic congestion-relief options subject to funding.

July 2015

Sonesta Bee Cave Austin hotel opens.

October 2015

H-E-B Lakeway opens at the Oaks at Lakeway shopping center.

December 2015

Lakeway Municipal Utility District offers 81 acres of surplus land near Oaks at Lakeway shopping center for sale.

December 2015

The city of Austin formally annexes Lost Creek, a community of about 1,500 households located off Capital of Texas Highway and in Eanes ISD’s jurisdiction.


December 2015

Bee Cave approves a 400-acre development agreement for the planned Sweetwater East community.

February 2016

West Lake Hills and Rollingwood battle the spread of oak wilt, a fungal disease affecting oak trees.

April 2016

TxDOT releases its RM 620 Improvement Study offering a range of improvement options for problem intersections.

September 2016

Bee Cave releases an updated comprehensive plan for 2037.

October 2016

Stratus Properties sells The Oaks at Lakeway shopping center, home to Lakeway’s H-E-B.

November 2016

The Bee Caves Road widening project in West Lake Hills between Red Bud Lane and Walsh Tarlton Trail begins and is expected to be complete by summer 2019.

May 2017

Lakeway voters approve a bond for a new police facility. The facility breaks ground in early 2018.

October 2017

Bee Cave’s Gateway to Falconhead opens.

November 2017

Hill Country Galleria celebrates 10 years.

December 2017

The city of Austin formally annexes River Place.

December 2017

The Hill Country Indoor sports complex opens in Bee Cave.

December 2017

Bee Cave City Council votes to deny The Backyard redevelopment project.

April 2018

Lakeway’s Zoning and Planning Commission votes down the City Center project on the MUD property, prompting the developer to rethink his vision for the land.

May 2018

Funding is approved to widen the southern portion of RM 620 through Bee Cave and Lakeway and build a bypass from RM 620 to RM 2222.

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Rob Maxwell
Rob Maxwell joined the world of print journalism and Community Impact in Sept. 2017 as editor of the Lake Travis - Westlake edition. He previously enjoyed a successful and rewarding career in radio and television news. In his spare time, Rob can be found scoping out area climbing walls and hiking trails. He lives in Cedar Park with his wife and daughters and looks forward to receiving his LCP edition of Community Impact Newspaper every month.
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