Help Shape the Future Dripping Springs! The Online Survey is Open
___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ We had a great open house to share ideas about development options in Dripping Springs and review the possible impacts of growth scenarios. If you missed the event or want to make additional comments, please check out the survey:
The Dripping Springs newsletter handed out at the open house is linked below
Dripping Springs is an autonomous emerging center on Austin's western exurban fringe, squarely in the path of growth. Recent growth is stimulating a vibrant local economy and holds great potential, yet change is visibly affecting the existing character of the place and challenges existing small-town infrastructure. The community of Dripping Springs both acknowledges and embraces growth but seeks to maintain a healthy balance, striving to shape its future in a way that preserves its heritage and benefits all residents, present and future.
The planning demonstration site area includes unique opportunities within the Northwest (NW) Town Quadrant, which contains Mercer Street, the Dripping Springs Historic District, and many remnant historic buildings of character associated with the history, culture and visual identity of the town. Major public events, such as the annual "Founders Day" happen here. Further, several city-owned properties (such as the Stephenson Building, built by the WPA) are located here and represent development assets for possible catalyst projects for revitalization of the town core.
Growth is challenging the existing small town infrastructure, and the city would like assistance to link the old town with a new sustainable pattern of development. Various existing codes (zoning, subdivision, site development, landscaping, parks, water quality, building, energy conservation, etc) need to be revised to synergistically help the city meet the sustainable vision of the Activity Center. In addition, greenfield sites will present unique planning opportunities for a green activity center in a unique natural environment.
The application by the city to become a planning demonstration site is available below.