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Dripping Springs updates Comprehensive Plan

By Megan Wehring 

DRIPPING SPRINGS – As the city of Dripping Springs continues to see more homes popping up on every block, the city is updating its Comprehensive Plan. 

The Comprehensive Plan, Reimagine Dripping Springs Initiative, is a visioning process that will establish a guiding framework for development in Dripping Springs. Through this initiative and the updated Comprehensive Plan, the city hopes to establish priorities for the area’s future land use and major development projects. 

It will help guide real estate, infrastructure investments, economic development and zoning. The Comprehensive Plan will also incorporate the recently adopted Transportation Master Plan and the Parks, Recreation & Open Space Master Plan. 

To help with the process, the City has hired DTJ Design, a firm with an extensive background in urban planning. DTJ will work with the City to create a plan that will

  1. Provide overall guidance to help direct future land use and resource decisions
  2. Address a broad scope of topics, including land use, housing, mobility, public services, recreation and natural and cultural resources 
  3. Provide long-range guidance on how the City’s Vision for Dripping Springs can be reached.

City Planning Director Howard Koontz says the process is needed with all the growth,

 “The city is at a crucial moment in development,” said Howard Koontz, planning director. “This is our opportunity to look at previous and current development while looking to 

the future of the community when it comes to density, roads, business and more. Now is the time to reimagine Dripping Springs, keeping the heritage of what makes our city so great, while also having a clear vision of future development and how we can best serve the community in its rapid growth.”

An important component of the comprehensive plan is gathering input and feedback from citizens and business owners. The city established a Comprehensive Planning Committee to work with DTJ to provide guidance during the process. 

The city is officially kicking off the plan at the annual Founders Day Festival on Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24. Residents can meet the team involved, learn more about what the process entails, share feedback and more. 

The process is expected to go through the end of this year into 2023 and there will be numerous opportunities for residents and businesses to give added input.

For more information, please contact the Planning Department at planning@cityofdrippingsprings.com or call the city at 512-858-4725.

About Author

Megan Navarro (formerly Wehring) graduated from Texas State University in May 2020 with a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. In June 2020, she started a summer internship at the Hays Free Press/News-Dispatch through the Dow Jones News Fund and Texas Press Association. She then earned her way to a reporter position later that summer and now, she serves as the editor of the newspaper. Working for a small publication, Navarro wears multiple hats. She has various responsibilities including managing a team of reporters, making editorial decisions, overseeing social media posts, fact checking, writing her own articles and more. Navarro has a heart for storytelling and she believes that journalists are equipped to share the stories that are important to the community.

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