Gated homes, resort housing get OK

Dripping Springs city leaders are moving forward toward the creation of two municipal utility districts (MUDs).

Earlier this month, the Dripping Springs City Council approved a resolution consenting to the creation of the Driftwood 552 project, which is located near the FM 967 and FM 1826 intersection.

City leaders also approved a resolution consenting to the creation of Vineyards 150 a proposed MUD located along FM 150 in Driftwood.

Ginger Faught, Dripping Springs deputy city administrator, said the Driftwood project is creating its own district in order to have bonding powers to place infrastructure.

Dripping Springs is not supplying water service to the Driftwood 552 project, but will supply treated effluent to the development, Faught said.

Faught said the city has earmarked 1 million gallons of treated effluent to the Driftwood 552 project, which she said is “huge.”

The Driftwood 552 project, which is situated on 552 acres, is projected to house roughly 403 acres of initial community development.

According to city documents, the community development is “dedicated” to single-family resort residential housing, open space, amenities, vineyards and recreation.

The development is also projected to have a residential component of 160 to 180 units. The development is projected to be a single-phase effort with initial improvements in the early part of 2018, with possible sales thereafter, according to city documents.

The Driftwood project will also have nine-acre and 50-acre commercial parcels on the property.

Vineyards 150, a Stratford Land project, is a proposed gated community of 200-plus homes that is part of property where the Trattoria Lisina is located in Driftwood.

The MUD for the Vineyards project will support water and wastewater service for the development, according to city documents.

According to a presentation, the development will have low impact on the environment. In addition, the development will focus on rainwater harvesting and have self-contained water and wastewater resources.

Faught said the city is working with developers from both properties on creation of a development agreement. She said it could take some time, as the city is working to create two proposed Public Improvement Districts in the city.

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