add a quick update from Joe Lessard's meeting: First there was
a brief presentation
from the LCRA about the NPS ordinances and the revisions they are
going through. The revisions should be completed by March or April.
I asked about a moratorium on large development until the revisions
are completed but they said no. Tom Nuckols gave a presentation
on SB 873 which was very interesting. What the County can and can't
do under this bill is very controversial. Tom indicated that the
county may have some authority regarding lot sizes which really
got Bill Gunn's attention to say the least. Joe Lessard had to
put Gunn in time-out. Gunn will be doing everything he can to show
that the legislatures intent was not to grant lot size authority.
There are two county codes that need some research if anyone has
the time or inclination; chapter 936 regarding flood planes and
chapter 2007 regarding regulatory taking impact. I'm not sure what
is there but Tom Nuckols pointed them both out and it would be
worth studying. There was also a presentation made from a consultant
who does market research for developers. Because we've all heard
Joe Lessard say many times that the "marketplace" has
all the answers. Man am I tired of hearing that. In my opinion
this consultant really didn't have any new information. He reminded
us that people have a desire to live in the Hill Country because
the "character, rugged terrain and vistas." He also pointed
out that the people who want to move to the hill country want 1
- 2 acre lots.
favorite quote of the day is from Joe Beal: "The
LCRA does not have a preference about expansion location even if
it is over an environmentally sensitive area so long as it is a good
business deal". Then he went on to say that this is because
the LCRA would rather be the provider because they will work to protect
the environment. "If we (LCRA) don't provide the water someone
else will". And the LCRA's argues that they will be more sensitive
to environmental needs than anyone else. Mr. Beal went on to tell
me that they are applying for a CCN which basically would make them
the sole water provider in Western Travis County and it would REQUIRE
them to service all of Western Travis County.
Thanks everyone for staying involved.