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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Dripping Springs Sued Over Deals – Austin American Statesman – 11.2.2002
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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.