October 31, 2002
The Friendship Alliance to File Suit against City of Dripping Springs for faulty Development Agreements
Where: Dripping Springs City Council Offices
|The Action: Seeking Declaratory and Injunctive Relief from the City of Dripping Springs to overturn two Development Agreements considered illegal in the opinion of The Friendship Alliance.
The Development Agreements: The Rutherford-Cypress and Foster-Belterra Development Agreements which cover two major developments encompassing 4300 acres in the city’s 120 square mile Extra Territorial Jurisdiction (ETJ), one of the largest ETJs in the State of Texas.
During the past 18 months the City has approved new developments that will nearly double the existing population of the ETJ without the aid of a professional planner. Because of this, The Friendship Alliance seeks both short and long term solutions.
Short Term Goals
Longer Term Goals
The City of Dripping Springs needs to complete the changes that will ensure the establishment of a comprehensive planning process. A process that includes broad citizen input, including those living in, and affected by the ETJ growth. DS should do so before continuing the negotiation and implementation of any more of these broad Development Agreements that will adversely affect the safety, health and welfare of these citizens.
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Cypress Realty and Makar Development pull a fast one – maybe
Two developers were drinking champagne one evening in Austin. The first developer turns to the second and says, “George, I have a confession to make. I’m having an affair.” The friend just stares at him for a second or two, mouth wide open, before he can stutter out the words, “Oh my god. So tell me, who’s catering?” The first developer points towards the west, and exclaims – “Why, the City of Dripping Springs, of course.”
Does this joke sound too unrealistic? Can a City Attorney find love and happiness with two developers? According to the City of Dripping Springs and two questionable development agreements, it was possible.
Plans call for thousands of homes in Hays County
Mary Alice Piasecki Austin Business Journal Staff
The City of Dripping Springs has approved two separate development agreements that envision bringing thousands of homes as well as commercial development to more than 4,000 acres in northern Hays County.
Complete story in the Austin Business Journal.
by Amy Smith
(Original story at: Austin Chronicle on September 21, 2001)
A Baptist church, a Transcendental Meditation colony, and a Hindu temple are all landmarks within a few miles of one another along a stretch of roadway that cuts across the rolling countryside of northern Hays County. It’s peaceful here, but not as peaceful, certainly, as it was when Rae Smith was growing up in the Thirties. She learned the three R’s in the one-room wooden schoolhouse that served on Sundays as the Friendship Baptist Church. Back then, Bear Creek, a natural spring, ran year-round alongside the church, and parishioners would stand on the grassy banks singing, “We Shall Gather at the River” when one of their own was baptized in the clear, cold water. The creek is dry now, dammed by new subdivisions further upstream, and the Rev. Sam Shurtleff — Brother Sam, as he is called — relies on old-fashioned tap water to baptize folks, indoors, in a newer version of the church built in the late Sixties.
Like her spiritual neighbors, Smith, also lives along FM 1826, on the same land her father worked from morning to night. She is a lifelong member of Friendship Baptist. Until about 10 years ago, Smith could sit on her front porch without having to raise her voice to be heard above the constant whoosh of pickups and Suburbans. Even property-rights advocates like Smith long for the rural hominess that existed before a Central Texas explosion of growth began pock-marking the hilly landscape[….
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