Open space big factor in new development

After a year of development, the city of Dripping Springs moved forward with Phase 2 of the Headwaters development construction plan after the completion of Phase 1, which began in late 2015.

The city recently approved a Planned Development District that regulates the type of development within the District.

The Headwaters property includes more than 1,500 acres of undeveloped land, which the owner intends to develop as a “master-planned, mixed-use community that will include commercial and residential uses, together with open space and environmental preservation areas,” according to Rick Coneway, Dripping Springs directory of public works and development.

Projects in the development area include a new Dripping Springs ISD campus and over 1,000 single-family homesites with 1,000 acres of open space from the 1,337-acre residential area.

Also included will be 167 acres for a proposed Commercial/Open Space development located along U.S. Highway 290.

“The City was first approached by the developer in 2004,” Coneway said. “The property changed hands a couple of times and development began again in earnest in 2014.”

WFC Headwaters Owner VII, L.P. is the owner/developer of the property. Consultants engaged for the planning and design of the residential development were RVI and Doucet & Associates, Inc.

The new owner/developer sought amendments to the original development agreement, which were approved after much discussion.

The general contractor for construction of the public utilities, streets and drainage is C. C. Carlton Industries, Ltd. Wastewater collection and treatment will be on site and disposal will be by subsurface irrigation.

“The developer created the Headwaters Municipal Utility District to provide water and wastewater services to the development among other statutory services provided by law … [since]this property is subject to the City’s regulations including zoning,” Coneway said.

City staff, along with the city attorney and other officials, participated in the original negotiations for the development agreement and the subsequent amendments. The city’s Public Works and Development Department has reviewed and approved all of the proposed construction plans including inspection and acceptance of construction.

Negotiations are underway for amendments to the development agreement. Planning and design has already begun for development of the first phase of the commercial tract.

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