DRIPPING SPRINGS, Texas (KXAN) — Members of the Dripping Springs City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to end the moratorium on development in the city. The current moratorium ends on Sunday.
As KXAN reported in February 2022, during the moratorium, the city would not accept permit applications for the development of subdivisions, site planning, land use and general construction or development unless a waiver or exception was approved, according to a city memo.
The lifting of the moratorium has left longtime Dripping Springs resident, Alan Barber, a bit concerned.
“There’s just too many people here. And they need to toddle it back, not add in more,” Barber said.
Barber has lived in the area for 26 years. He said he’s seen the growth firsthand.
So now with the development moratorium ending, Barber said he and his neighbors are nervous about what’s to come.
“Anger and stuff that they’re allowing so many people to come in here,” Barber said.
Dripping Springs Mayor Bill Foulds said they are still close to being at capacity for providing wastewater services. But that the moratorium gave them the time to figure out what to do.
“We found we’ve planned properly and the wastewater usage is rising at the same pace we anticipated. Anything that’s entitled, we have the wastewater to serve it,” Foulds said.
Even with the moratorium lifting, the mayor said it won’t be that easy for new applicants to start developing.
“One of our first questions, ‘Are you going to need waste water?’ And if there’s a ‘yes’ to that, a good many of those applications will go away at that point,” Foulds said.
The city is in the process of expanding the South Regional Wastewater Plant Treatment Plan. Deputy City Administrator Ginger Faught said they’ve received funding for the project and have designed the new plant.
She said they are just waiting for the permit to get approved, but its stuck in litigation.
Until then, Faught and Foulds encourage residents to take part in discussions on the city’s Comprehensive Plan. The city has started the process of revisiting the plan and studying land use and development in the area.
The city will host 2-3 more public meetings on the plan over the next few months. A survey for feedback from the public will be available until September 16.