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Commissioners Court greenlights sprawling Hill Country development

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

The population of far western Travis County could soon get a significant boost. On Tuesday, the Commissioners Court gave the go-ahead to a 2,200-acre master development near State Highway 71 and Paleface Ranch Road. The project, known as Thomas Ranch, also partially dips into Burnet County and will include offices, restaurants, retail shops, a resort hotel and approximately 3,300 housing units (including both single- and multifamily). A press release sent on behalf of the developer notes that the project, whose nearest boundary is a 30-mile drive from downtown Austin, “will feature an ideal balance between the Texas Hill Country and Austin city life.” The release also quotes Commissioner Gerald Daugherty in whose Precinct 3 Thomas Ranch is located: “As Western Travis County continues to grow, it’s important we welcome developers who can provide infrastructure for thoughtfully planned communities. Thomas Ranch is a community that the Spicewood area will benefit from, providing economic opportunity as well as improvements to existing streets off Paleface Ranch Road.” Other developments in the portfolio of the project’s lead developer, Tom D’Alesandro of Blakefield LLC, include The Shops at La Cantera in San Antonio and The Woodlands outside of Houston.

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