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Honoring our Authentic Past, Planning for our Sustainable Future
On August 14, 2018, the Bastrop City Council initiated a temporary moratorium on new development that would be detrimental to our community based on current land-use regulations. Originally set for 90 days, the moratorium was extended to run through May 21, 2019, to ensure we are able to deliver updated land-use regulations that are informed by our geography and reflect what we already know works.
Taking a comprehensive approach, Building Bastrop was launched to create a new set of tools that will support the community in a responsible manner for generations to come, including the complete reform of Bastrop’s Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances.
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Every Thursday, 9 a.m.
Open meetings for developers with City staff
– please RSVP by Tuesdays at noon
1311 Chestnut Street
November 26, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Developer Open House
Bastrop Convention & Exhibit Center
1408 Chestnut Street
About Building Bastrop
Building Bastrop is an initiative the City is undertaking to guide responsible development that honors our authentic past and prepares for our sustainable future.
We live in a beautiful city with an irreplaceable community. The secret is out. Bastrop is a great place to live and work, and more and more people have come to that conclusion and want to move here.
We are 8,500-strong, but are we are also, quite literally, bursting at the seams. Our infrastructure is aging, and our drainage and land-use regulations are outdated. Flooding is more pronounced, traffic is increasing, and development – while following current regulations – isn’t indicative of a fiscally responsible or sustainable city.
What’s happening in Bastrop isn’t unique; many vulnerable cities throughout Texas and the U.S. are confronting similar issues as a result of decades-old policies and land-use regulations. The difference, however, is that we are choosing to do something about it. The City of Bastrop is choosing to proactively manage growth rather than letting growth control us. We are choosing to roll up our sleeves and begin Building Bastrop in a manner that will ensure a sustainable future.
Building Bastrop will improve development in this community and yield new opportunities for a sustainable future. It will help the City continue to invest in the infrastructure Bastrop needs, and provide the services our residents deserve.
Since we kicked off Building Bastrop in August, the City has expanded its planning team to include Simplecity Design, which completed an in-depth analysis of Downtown Bastrop’s DNA and how it functions as a complete neighborhood and conducted an extensive evaluation of Bastrop’s current development codes. We have also held two open houses and two community tours, as well as weekly developer meetings, to provide opportunities for questions and feedback as we discuss what future development could look like.
Our next steps include drafting the potential design and future land-use regulations for Bastrop while incorporating feedback from the community. We’ve scheduled a Design Rodeo on November 29 and 30, where our team along with key stakeholders and the general public will work on designing the city to code, then we will host a Code Rodeo on December 13 and 14 where we will code the city we designed.
Both events will include multiple opportunities for the community to see examples of what Bastrop’s updated building codes could look like and have a chance to ask questions, provide feedback and more. These discussions will ultimately lead to the creation of new land-use regulations that are locally made, geographically sensitive and fiscally sustainable.
We’re excited to embark on this journey to create policy that matches the heart and soul of this city. This effort is about Building Bastrop, together.
The Bastrop Rodeos
JOIN THE CONVERSATION ABOUT THE FUTURE OF BASTROP!
The City of Bastrop invites you to the Bastrop Rodeos: a series of fun and interactive community design workshops. These events will introduce the community to current development patterns and include a conversation about future development patterns. This discussion will ultimately lead to the creation of new land-use regulations that are locally made, geographically sensitive and fiscally sustainable.
RODEO HQ: 924 MAIN STREET
DESIGN RODEO SCHEDULE
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29
10:00 a.m.-Noon - Open Studio and Table Talks
1:30-4:00 p.m. - Open Studio and Table Talks
5:00-8:00 p.m. - Presentation and Discussion
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30
1:00-4:00 p.m. - Open Studio and Table Talks
CODE RODEO SCHEDULE
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13
9:30-11:30 a.m. - Open Studio and Table Talks
1:00-3:00 p.m. - Open Studio and Table Talks
6:00-8:00 p.m. - Presentation and Discussion
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14
1:00-2:00 p.m. - Open Studio and Table Talks
Open Studio and Table Talks will include ongoing conversations around topics such as Streets & Mobility, Retrofitting & Infill Development and Housing & Affordability. Illustrators will be sketching throughout the event, creating examples of what Bastrop’s updated building codes could look like based on the live discussion. Each day will conclude with a presentation on the focus of the rodeo with highlights of discussions earlier in the day and opportunities for feedback and questions.
Pecan Park Subdivision, Section 1A, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D-3E, 4, 5A, 5B, 6A, 6B
Pecan Park Subdivision, Section 1B, 2, and 7
Piney Creek Bend Section 1 and future sections
Rouseau Blakey Drainage Channel
Bastrop Grove, Section 1
Agnes Street Extension (adjacent to Bastrop Grove Sub)
Piney Ridge Section 3, Lot 3-B, 307A Laura Lane
The Colony MUD 1A, Section 1 Phases A&B
The Colony MUD 1A, Section 2 Phases A&B
The Colony MUD 1A, Section 3 Phases A&B
Bastrop Storage Facility, 501 W. SH 71, Beck, NHP, & Prokop Subdivision, Section Two, Lot 1
921 Main Street Project
Frequently Asked Questions
Bastrop is pro-development. We see this moratorium as an opportunity to protect our city and to create a roadmap for responsible development that honors our authentic past and prepares for our sustainable future.
We’ll analyze our natural geography and the various land-use patterns already in play to create a new set of tools that will preserve authentic Bastrop. These policies will promote geographically-sensitive developments with a variety of housing options, walkable and unique neighborhoods and a diversity of commercial, retail and modern services and amenities.
We know there will be project-level questions, and our staff has time blocked every Thursday morning throughout the moratorium to meet with developers. Please email us by Tuesday at noon to RSVP for that week’s Thursday morning meeting. There will be some qualified exemptions and exceptions, but we will work through that process as defined by the approved ordinances.
The following steps must be completed to apply for an Exception:
The following steps must be completed to apply for an Exemption:
1. Applicant must request a Pre-Submission Meeting with the Directors (or their designees) of Planning, Engineering, and Public Works using the Pre-Submission Meeting Request Form.
2. Applicant must meet with the Directors at the scheduled time.
3. Applicant must complete the Submittal Package*, which includes: Application Form and associated Checklist Items. Package might require execution of negotiated agreements or enactment of additional ordinances.
4. Staff will review the Submittal Package, with comments issued as needed.
5. The application will be taken up at the next City Council meeting and approved or denied by Resolution or Ordinance:
No. City Council has revised the ordinance to clarify that trade permits are not affected by the temporary moratorium because they do not impact drainage. Our focus is on making appropriate changes to our land-use regulations to ensure new development doesn’t negatively impact the existing population or environment.
Anyone seeking a trade permit for projects such as roofing, plumbing, or HVAC repair should follow the standard trade permit application process.
We’ll be hosting a community open house and presentation on Thursday, October 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Bastrop Convention & Exhibit Center where Simplecity Design will introduce the key elements that make up the place we love. A Design Rodeo has also been scheduled for November 29 and 30 – please save the date!
Everyone is also encouraged to share feedback and questions at any time by contacting the Building Bastrop hotline at 512-588-8181 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pre-Submission Meetings Scheduled For Upcoming
Building Bastrop Development Process
Building Bastrop Policy
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