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Honoring our Authentic Past, Planning for our Sustainable Future
On August 14, 2018, the Bastrop City Council took the first step toward imposing a temporary moratorium on new development in Bastrop based on current land-use regulations.
During this moratorium, Council will work with City staff and the broader community to analyze and modify existing land-use regulations to properly address Bastrop’s infrastructure needs and promote new development that is in line with what we know and love about Bastrop.
Council also voted to enact an emergency drainage ordinance on August 14 that will allow the City to evaluate the potential impact of development on stormwater flow throughout the city.
All information related to this effort will be added to this webpage. If you need more information about the process see the Building Bastrop Development Process section below. Please continue to check back for regular updates or subscribe to our email list below.
Every Thursday, 9 a.m.
Open meetings for developers with City staff
– please RSVP by Tuesdays at noon
1311 Chestnut Street
Save the Date: November 29 and 30 (schedule to be shared soon)
Building Bastrop Design Rodeo
924 Main 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 Our infrastructure is aging, and our drainage and land-use regulations are outdated.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.
In the coming weeks, you will start to see and learn more about how the City of Bastrop will update all of its land-use regulations to promote fiscally sustainable development that we know works.
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.
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. Policies that 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’re excited to embark on this journey and create policy that matches the heart and soul of this city. This effort is about Building Bastrop, together.
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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