is Rocky Creek, photographed on April 27, 2004. See anything
wrong with this picture? No? That's because there isn't.
It is crystal clear, pristine, perfect. And it runs this
way all the way down into Barton Creek.
picture it full of algae blooms and maybe even a little
trash, emanating from a passel of houses just above it.
Rocky creek runs right below 468 homes on the McHargue
(Hudson) development and through another 444 on the Formby
tract. Run-off from from lawns, cars and effluent is
sure to destroy this marvel of nature.
to see a bigger picture of this creek in it's pristine
state (hopefully not for the last time)? Click here.
hillside is where the Hudsons are planning to sprout 468
houses, when they "just add water" to this bit
of Hill Country paradise. The picture was taken from Linda
& Gene Lowenthal's porch.
years ago, before the Lowenthals built on their 50 acre
homestead (which shares a fence line with the Hudson's
proposed development), Linda Lowenthal was assured by
Spencer Scott, Rebecca Hudson's grandfather, that his
be developed. Linda said Mr. Scott told her "Little
lady, we'll never have a subdivision. Go ahead and build
the hill." Hmmm...
[NOTE: Since posting the above quote, we have received
a letter from Rebecca Hudson, which is exerpted
below. The entire letter, along with its threat of legal
action is also available on this site. To read it click
REBECCA HUDSON'S LETTER TO THE LOWENTHALS & ME:
have falsely attacked both me and my grandfather, who is
not here to defend
himself against your claims. On repeated occasions, my grandfather
told me to
keep this property until it was ready for development.
That is what I have done, and that is what he intended for the
family to do. Your baseless remarks imply that my grandfather
either lied to you, or that I am going against the wishes of
my family by pursuing this project. By no means
is this the case. My granddad recognized the potential of this
always intended it be developed."
This illustration shows the above hillside replaced by a little
suburban enclave - houses upon houses jammed together. What happened
to our Hill Country paradise?
development is now called Rocky Creek Ranch. The developers
have produced a plan that
shows how they propose to comply with U.S. Fish & Wildlife
Hudson is claiming that she will be leaving 85% of the
land "undeveloped". Here is another map that illustrates
the reality of the situation.
out about the Belvedere subdivision. Info is on the Home
Page as well on a page of pictures.
There is also a press
release that was put out by the Hill
Saturday, June 26th, at the direction of the Travis County
Commissioners, Lazy 9-Sweetwater developer Bill Gunn held
an information session for neighbors at the Cedars Restaurant
on Highway 71. Here is a report
on the proceedings.
in plat maps of the proposed developments? Here are a few
for your viewing displeasure:
(Hudson - Rocky Creek) Plat (showing surrounding property)
Rocky Creek Plat showing their plan to comply with FWS rules
Rocky Creek Plat showing their promise to only develop 15%
Formby Plat and Plans
Sweetwater (Lazy 9) Plat
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