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156 new homes planned for Dripping Springs ETJ

Wednesday, May 7, 2008 by Jacob Cottingham

The Hays County Commissioner’s Court unanimously approved preliminary plans for the Key Ranch subdivision in the Dripping Springs extraterritorial jurisdiction Tuesday.


The proposed subdivision, introduced by Pct. 4 Commissioner Karen Ford, is located on 366.59 acres of land off Trautwein Road and US 290, west of the Polo Club in the Dripping Springs ETJ. The property, sold by Kelly Gray, will be subdivided into 156 lots of 1.5 to 6 acres each.


The developer is Indigo USA, the American division of Australian company, Indigo. Ford said Alex Carrones has served as the liaison between the company and the county. She told In Fact Daily that RVi created the land plan and the property is along a tributary of Barton Creek.


Indigo USA has already secured the plan with the city of Dripping Springs, which approved the development’s water quality plan. She said that the LCRA has also approved the Living Unit Equivalents, adding that the wastewater would be handled through on-site sewage facilities and perhaps individual septic systems.


The proposed development is in the contributing zone of the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer and will contain parkland dedication as required by a Dripping Springs ordinance.  She said the county had asked for an additional 20 to 25 feet along Trautwein, should the road need to be expanded in the future.


Commissioner Jeff Barton abstained from voting due to his past employment with Doucet & Associates who did the engineering for Key Ranch.

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