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City Council Meeting, More Homes On Tap For Bastrop

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More homes on tap

By Terry Hagerty – Contributing Writer

The housing market in Bastrop is getting another shot in the arm. Myra Goepp, a representative for Austin developer Benchmark Land Development & Walters Southwest, gave a presentation about plans of a new MUD – called West Bastrop Village Municipal Utility District –  during the Bastrop City Council’s regular meeting on June 23.  The MUD was seeking approval for “road powers” as part of moving ahead with the development, which the Council approved.

The MUD, composed of 346.5 acres, is located within a west-to-east box-like area just southwest of the intersection of Hwy. 71 West (of Bastrop) and FM 20. Projections are for homebuilder KB Homes to start out building 36 homes per year, ranging in size from 1,378 to 3,728 sq. ft., according to Goepp.

City Manager Mike Talbot briefed the council on the history of the West Village MUD, saying after its formation in 2006 the MUD didn’t moved forward with development “because of an economic downturn. But they feel this is the right time to get this project started.” Goepp echoed Tablot’s words about the delayed project, when she said, “The housing market went in a different direction…and did not support us moving forward” with the project.  (Editor’s note: A MUD is a political subdivision of the State of Texas authorized by the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to provide water, sewage, drainage and other services within the MUD boundaries, according to JB Goodwin Realtors. It is formed by a majority of property owners in the proposed district petitioning the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality to create the MUD. The TCEQ then evaluates the petition, holds a public hearing, and grants or denies the petition.)

In other Agenda items, Council members listened to the oral presentations of representatives of  11 local organizations seeking funding through the Hotel Occupancy Tax – commonly referred to as “HOT” funds –  for Fiscal year 2015-16. Those groups include: Bastrop Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Business Alliance, Homecoming Committee, Juneteenth Committee, Old Town Visitors Center, Bastrop Opera House Friends of Fairview Cemetery, Upstart Inc., and the Bastrop branch of the YMCA. The item was listed under “New Business,” so it was an informational presentation only. The Council will decide on approval at a future Council meeting.

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