UPDATED: Dripping Springs extends moratorium

This story was updated as of Nov. 29, 2021

By Megan Wehring

DRIPPING SPRINGS — The Dripping Springs City Council is extending the temporary development moratorium for 90 days.

The council originally instituted a moratorium on Nov. 18, to run through Nov. 27. The 90-day extension will be effective through Feb. 20, 2022, unless the council again extends the moratorium.
To update land use regulations and address wastewater availability, the city will not accept permit applications for new development in the city limits or extraterritorial jurisdiction without a waiver for 90 days. The moratorium can be extended beyond 90 days if deemed necessary.
Extending the moratorium will allow for an administrative exceptions process with the option to appeal before city council. Exceptions include projects where wastewater capacity is not impacted and no land use change is requested, projects that have received a Grandfather Status, ongoing projects and development agreements.
Waivers may be granted by the city council for projects that are prohibited by the moratorium, but are considered to not detrimentally affect the city. These would be granted within 10 days of the request.
During the moratorium, the city council also plans to meet every Tuesday to consider waiver applications as needed.
For more information about projects that are subject to the moratorium, please visit https://www.cityofdrippingsprings.com/moratorium.

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