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Development given green light in Dripping Springs

By C.J. Vetter

DRIPPING SPRINGS–  A new development of over 100 acres is bringing more homes to the city of Dripping Springs.

Public development district (PDD) Grove Village was approved by the city council at the June 21 meeting. The new PDD will cover a wide area directly connected to Sports Park Road and close to the Dripping Springs Sports and Recreation Park.

The new 112-acre development will be rezoned from agricultural use and will feature primarily residential use alongside new roadways and some areas for governmental and retail use. There is a planned total of 551 units, with 331 dedicated to town houses and 180 dedicated to family homes. In addition, there was a donation of a seven acre civil site of blank land that the city will for future plans. 

One topic brought up was the connector road between Rob Shelton Boulevard and Ranch Road 12. After numerous meetings, three scenarios were created for consideration that fit within the city’s transportation plan, however, the preferred scenario would create a direct route between RR 12 and US 290 without bisecting the Sports and Recreation Park, and also allow a future two-lane connection to US 290 and Lone Peak Way. 

“It’s the one that goes from 290 to Rob Shelton; that was always established that the developer was going to pay for that, what we were trying to figure out here was who was going to pay for Rob Shelton to 12. The developer has agreed to fully construct and pay for that,” said Laura Mueller, City Attorney. 

The PDD went through numerous meetings, revisions and changes, and did receive recommendations by the Planning and Zoning commission following the finalized agreements. Previously, Grove Village had appeared on the agenda and had been postponed each time in order to accommodate changes. The project also received numerous letters containing questions and concerns from community members and neighboring property owners over the course of its development. 

For more information, visit to see a recording of the meeting, as well as a collection of the staff reports, letters and agenda. 

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