City Council votes on controversial apartment complex Reply

Residents fill Dripping Springs City Hall for the City Council meeting Tuesday evening, 8/14. The meeting started at 7pm and ended at nearly midnight. Courtesy Thomas Stuart Johnson Photography

By Carline Schwartz

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The Dripping Springs City Council voted unanimously to approve the development agreement between the City and Stuart Shaw Family Partnership, Ltd. in front of a packed house on Tuesday night at City Hall. The vote gives Shaw – who is the president of the development company, Bonner Carrington – the green light to continue with his plans to build the controversial Cypress Creek at Ledge Stone apartment complex.

Mayor Pro Tem Bill Foulds said the council’s decision was not easily reached at the August 14 meeting.

“It’s one of the most difficult meetings we’ve had,” Foulds said after the meeting, which lasted until almost midnight. “I’ve been on council since 2000, and we’ve More…

Complex apartment controversy continues Reply

By Around Dripping Springs

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Area residents filled City Hall for a Planning & Zoning Commission meeting on July 24th, to discuss the proposed construction of a low-to-moderate-income apartment complex in Dripping Springs. More than 80 residents signed up to speak publicly about the controversial project. Photo Courtesy: Thomas Stuart Johnson Photography

Despite an overflow crowd at City Hall on Tuesday night, and opposition in the form of 1,800 resident signatures on petitions opposed to the controversial Cypress Creek complex planned for Ledge Stone, the City of Dripping Springs Planning & Zoning Commission voted to recommend approval of the project as proposed by the developer.

The vote by the P&Z Commission enables the developer to continue to move forward with the project as currently proposed, for consideration by City Council in August. Commissioners who voted to approve the site plan were Vice-Chair Danny Hubbard, Mim James, Whit Smith, and Ted Lehr. Opposed were Chair Larry McClung, Josef Martin, and Eric Burgeson.

ALL THOSE OPPOSED, SAY…

The 4-3 decision was a blow to local opposition efforts. Teresa Scott, who lives in the Ledge Stone subdivision adjacent to the proposed apartment complex site, began organizing opposition to the project back in February.

“I am shocked that the commission had the gall to disregard and blatantly ignore the wishes of over 1,800 citizens,” Scott said.

Scott, who was unable to attend Tuesday’s meeting, said she has since received More…