Dripping Springs approves plat for new Caliterra subdivision section, postpones action on Esperanza subdivision

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Dripping Springs City Council approved a preliminary plat for a subdivision within the under-construction Caliterra development Feb. 12 and postponed action regarding the future Esperanza subdivision.

185-home section of Caliterra approved

The preliminary plat outlines the almost 70-acre project, which will be used to create sections in Phase 3 and Phase 4 of the Caliterra development, located in the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction near the corner of RR 12 and FM 150.

The project will include 185 single-family homes.

According to the city’s staff report, the preliminary plat is consistent with the overall Caliterra development agreement with the city.

Esperanza subdivision motion postponed

Following approval to extend a construction plan for the Esperanza subdivision at last month’s City Council meeting, council had an item on its agenda to extended the project’s preliminary plat, which had expired.

However, the approval was postponed because of errors in the public notice about the item.

Located at 4900 Bell Spring Road, Dripping Springs, the project will bring 104 single-family units on 107 acres.

According to a report by City Engineer Chad Gilpin, council originally approved the Esperanza preliminary plat in April 2017, requiring applicant Marc Dickey to resubmit the plan last month. No changes were made to the original plan, the report stated.

During a public hearing, residents noted concerns about the subdivision’s proposed density and drainage issues that could come with construction. Safety concerns on Bell Springs Road due to added traffic volume were also mentioned.

Mayor Todd Purcell said that ultimately, the preliminary plat would get approved by council because it follows all city requirements. The item will return to council on March 12.

Public hearing held for possible annexation

As the city of Dripping Springs continues to grow, City Council held a required public hearing for the possible annexation of 14 acres north of Hwy. 290.

The annexed property is located between Bell Springs Road and Ferrell Lane, adjacent to the current city limits. Council accepted a petition requesting annexation by landowner Virginia Robinson in December 2018.

According to city staff, the land would be zoned for agricultural use, and there are no plans to develop the land.

New annexation petition approved

Landowners Randall Roessler and R. Lee Bryant submitted a petition for annexation of 33 acres into the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction  Feb. 8, prompting council to take action to accept the petition at the meeting.

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Nick was born in Long Island, New York and grew up in South Florida. He graduated from Florida State University in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in writing and a minor in music. Nick was a journalist for three years at the St. James Plaindealer in Minnesota before moving to Austin to join Community Impact Newspaper in 2016.
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