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NEW DEVELOPMENT PROCESS:

 

House Bill 3167 of the 86th Session of the Texas Legislature requires that a subdivision development plan, subdivision construction plan, site plan, land development application, Site Development Plan, preliminary plat, general plan, final plat, and replat be approved, approved with conditions, or disapproved by staff and/or Planning & Zoning Commission within 30 days of submission or it is deemed approved by inaction. HB 3167 further requires any comment or denial include a direct citation to the law, statute, or municipal ordinance that is the basis for the conditional approval or disapproval.  Therefore, the City of Bastrop recently created a new development process to ensure compliance. 

 

Development Team:

Building Inspection
David Brasich
Building Official
512-332-8840


Engineering
Jerry Palady
City Engineer
512-332-8800


Planning /Zoning
Matt Jones
Director of Planning & Development
512-332-8840


Development Submittals
Vivianna Hamilton
Planning Technician
512-332-8840


City Manager’s Office
Lynda Humble
City Manager
512-332-8800


City of Bastrop Development Manual

Electric – Bastrop Power & Light
Curtis Ervin
Director of BP&L
512-332-8900


Fire
Andres Rosales
Fire Chief
512-332-8800


Public Works
Trey Job
Assistant City Manager – Development Services
512-332-8800


Public Safety
James Altgelt
Assistant City Manager – Public Safety &
Community Support
512-332-8800

Development Process

Zoning Change Process:


City Council has adopted a Zoning Change & CUP Schedule of Uniform Submittal Dates for 2019/2020.  Zoning submissions will only be accepted on specific dates, as noted on the schedule below, between 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Zoning Change & CUP Schedule of Uniform Submittal Dates – 2019/2020


Step 1:  Pre-Development Meeting (Mandatory)

Before a Zoning Change Application can be submitted, the applicant is required to schedule a mandatory Pre-Development Meeting. 


In order for an appointment to be scheduled for a Pre-Development Meeting:


  • Complete a Pre-Development Application to Vivianna Hamilton via email or in-person at 1311 Chestnut Street, Bastrop, Texas.
  • Pre-Development Application must include a sketch drawing of lot, block, and street layout.
  • Fee for Pre-Development Meeting must accompany application.

Once the application and sketch drawing are submitted and reviewed for completeness, you will be contacted to schedule an appointment.


Step 2:  Zoning Submittal


Once a Pre-Development Meeting has occurred, a completed Planning Application and a Zoning Concept Scheme can be submitted according to the Zoning Change & CUP Schedule of Uniform Submittal DatesFee for Zoning Submittal must accompany application. The application will be reviewed for administrative compliance.  If complete, the application will go onto the Planning & Zoning Commission agenda as noted in the Uniform Submittal Dates.  If incomplete, the submittal will be rejected.


Zoning Change Quick Links:

Zoning Change & CUP Schedule of Uniform Submittal Dates

Pre-Development Application

Planning Application

Zoning Concept Scheme Checklist

Fee for Zoning Change

 

Platting:


City Council has adopted a Plat & Site Plan Schedule of Uniform Submittal Dates for 2019/2020.  Plat submissions will only be accepted on specific dates, as noted on the schedule below, between 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


Plat & Site Plan Schedule of Uniform Submittal Dates – 2019/2020


The City will accept Amending Plats, Minor Plats, Replats, Preliminary Plats, and Final Plats.  If you have questions regarding which plat you may require, please call the Planning Department at 512-332-8840 and speak with the Planner on Duty.


Bastrop Code of Ordinances, Chapter 10 – Subdivision, Section 4.10.8a provides exact detail about the City of Bastrop’s Plat requirements.  A Plat Checklist has been created that outlines specific information based on the required plat.  


Requirement for a Licensed Engineer:


The subdivider shall retain the services of an Engineer, licensed in the State of Texas, whose seal shall be placed on each sheet of the drawings, and who shall be responsible for the design and inspection of the drainage, roads and streets, and sewer and water facilities within the subdivision.  The services performed by the Engineer shall be designated in the most current issue of “Manual of Professional Practice – General Engineering Service,” published by the Texas Society of Professional Engineers, and shall include both design and inspection as defined therein.


Engineering Seal

The engineering seal used by an Engineer licensed in the State of Texas must be in compliance with Texas Board of Professional Engineers.


Preliminary Plat:


A Preliminary Plat is required if a property is being subdivided into five (5) or more lots, right-of-way dedication when roadway improvements are required, and any public infrastructure is required.  The purposed is to present a detailed layout of the proposed subdivision in order to facilitate review by the Planning & Zoning Commission of the proposed subdivision’s street and drainage system, easements, utilities, building lots, and other lots including open space. 


Please note that the applicant can request a Pre-Submittal Meeting for Subdivision with Staff to discuss the process, design standards, and drainage requirements.  This meeting is optional.

Platting Process

Step 1:  Pre-Development Meeting (Mandatory)

Before a Zoning Change Application can be submitted, the applicant is required to schedule a mandatory Pre-Development Meeting. 


In order for an appointment to be scheduled for a Pre-Development Meeting:

  • Complete a Pre-Development Application to Vivianna Hamilton via email or in-person at 1311 Chestnut Street, Bastrop, Texas.
  • Pre-Development Application must include a sketch drawing of lot, block, and street layout.
  • Pre-Development Application must include a Concept Drainage Plan, as required in the Stormwater Drainage Manual.
  • Fee for Pre-Development Meeting must accompany application.

Once the application and sketch drawing are submitted and reviewed for completeness, you will be contacted to schedule an appointment.  Once Step One is completed, the applicant can proceed to Step Two.


Step 2:  Preliminary Drainage Plan

A Preliminary Drainage Plan, as required in Section 2.B.4 of the Stormwater Drainage Manual, shall be submitted and approved by the City Engineer along with a geotechnical report by a qualified professional testing laboratory to determine the engineering characteristics of soil, rock and/or fill material such that a geotechnical engineer can then determine and design the type of foundations, earthworks, drainage infrastructure design, and/or pavement subgrades required for the intended man-made structures to be built.   


Preliminary Drainage Plan Submittal: 

A Preliminary Drainage Plan Submittal shall contain the following:


Once Step Two is completed, the applicant can proceed to Step Three


Step 3:  Infrastructure Plan


A schematic Infrastructure Plan shall be submitted and approved by the City Engineer.  The Infrastructure Plan provides a “bird’s eye” view of proposed infrastructure improvements and how improvements will connect to existing infrastructure. 

Infrastructure Plan Submittal:

An Infrastructure Plan Submittal shall contain the following:

  • Completed and signed Planning Application.
  • Agent Authorization Letter.
  • Eight (8) copies of the Infrastructure Plan in compliance with Ordinance No. 2019-26 Section 5.05.1 a and b.
  • Eight (8) prints of the approved preliminary drainage study by the City Engineer as required in Step 2 above.
  • Fee for Infrastructure Plan Submittal must accompany application.

Within 30 days of the date on which all required information has been accepted for review, the City Engineer shall approve or disapprove in compliance with Ordinance No. 2019-26.


Once Step Three is completed, the applicant can proceed to Steps Four – Six.


Step 4:  TxDOT Permits


All TxDOT requirements, as outlined in Ordinance No. 2019-26 Section 5.05.11, must be met and all required TxDOT permits shall be obtained and submitted to the City as a part of the Preliminary Plat submittal.


Step 5:  Lost Pines Habitat Conservation Area


If the preliminary plat is for property located in the Lost Pines Habitat Conservation Area, a copy of an approved Certification of Participation to Landowners from Bastrop County shall be obtained and submitted to the City as a part of the Preliminary Plat submittal.


Step 6:  Temporary Construction Easements


Temporary Construction Easements for all infrastructure shall be acquired and submitted to the City as a part of the Preliminary Plat submittal.

Platting Process

Step 7:  Preliminary Plat Submittal


Once Steps One through Six have been completed, Plat Submission requirements must be met as stated in Ordinance No. 2019-26 (See Plat Checklist).  Fee for Preliminary Plat must accompany application.

 This submission must include a copy of TxDOT Permit(s), if required; copy of approved Certification of Participation to Landowners from Bastrop County, if required; and copies of all Temporary Construction Easements for all infrastructure.  The Preliminary Plat Submission can be submitted according to the Plat & Site Plan Schedule of Uniform Submittal Dates.  The application will be reviewed for administrative compliance.  If complete, the application will go onto the Planning & Zoning Commission agenda as noted in the Uniform Submittal Dates.  If incomplete, the submittal will be rejected.


Preliminary Plat Quick Links:

Plat & Site Plan Schedule of Uniform Submittal Dates – 2019/2020

Planning Application

Agent Authorization Letter

Plat Checklist

Pre-Development Application

Concept Drainage Plan

Preliminary Drainage Plan

Infrastructure Plan

Ordinance No. 2019-26 – Amended Subdivision Ordinance, August 27, 2019

Stormwater Drainage Manual

Fee Schedule

Public Improvement Plan Process:


City Council has adopted a Public Improvement Plan Schedule of Uniform Submittal Dates for 2019/2020.  Public Improvement Plan submissions will only be accepted on specific dates, as noted on the schedule below, between 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


Public Improvement Plan Schedule of Uniform Submittal Dates – 2019/2020

PIP

Public Improvement Plan Requirements:


Public Improvement Plans shall consist of detailed specifications and diagrams illustrating the location, design, and composition of all improvements identified in the preliminary plat phase and required by this chapter and other applicable city ordinances, codes and policies.  Public Improvement Plans shall be submitted to the City for approval by the City Engineer. In addition, any project that necessitates the construction, reconstruction or modification of existing city infrastructure shall also be submitted to the City for approval.


The plans shall be kept by the City as a permanent record of required improvements in order to:

  • Provide better records that facilitate the operation and maintenance of, and any future modifications to existing city infrastructure.
  • Provide data for evaluation of materials, methods of construction and design.
  • Provide documentation of approved public improvements to ensure that all such improvements are built to city standards and specifications.

Format of Public Improvement Plan:


Drawings shall be on twenty-two-inch by thirty-four-inch (22"x34") sheets at generally accepted horizontal and vertical engineering scales.


Content of Public Improvement Plan:


Public Improvement Plans shall include all on- and off-site improvements required to serve the proposed development as indicated on the approved preliminary plat and in compliance with applicable ordinances, codes, standards and policies of the city, and other applicable governmental entities.


All Public Improvement Plans shall be signed and sealed by a licensed professional engineer, licensed to practice in the State of Texas, in compliance with Ordinance No. 2019- 26 Section 5.10.1.


The Public Improvement Plan shall be submitted for approval by the City Engineer, in accordance with Ordinance No. 2019-26 Section 5.05.2 of this Ordinance AFTER complying with Step One and Two below:


Step One:  Final Drainage Plan


A Final Drainage Plan, as required in Section 2.b.5 of the Stormwater Drainage Manual, shall be submitted and approved by the City Engineer  along with a geotechnical report by a qualified professional testing laboratory to determine the engineering characteristics of soil, rock and/or fill material such that a geotechnical engineer can then determine and design the type of foundations, earthworks, drainage infrastructure design, and/or pavement subgrades required for the intended man-made structures to be built. 


Final Drainage Plan Submittal: 

A Final Drainage Plan Submittal shall contain the following:


Once Step One is completed, the applicant can proceed to Step Two.


Step Two: Public Improvement Plan Submittal


A Public Improvement Plan Submittal shall contain the following:

  • Completed and signed Planning Application.
  • Agent Authorization Letter.
  • Eight (8) copies of the Public Improvement Plan in compliance with Ordinance No. 2019-26 Section 5.05.2 a and b.
  • Eight (8) prints of the approved final drainage study by the City Engineer as required in Section 5.05.3 Step 1.
  • Fee for Public Improvement Plan must accompany application.

Public Improvement Plan Quick Links:

Public Improvement Plan Schedule of Uniform Submittal Dates – 2019/2020

Planning Application

Agent Authorization Letter

Public Improvement Plan Checklist

Ordinance No. 2019-26

Final Drainage Plan Checklist

Stormwater Drainage Manual

Construction Standards Technical Manual

Fee Schedule


Construction of Public Improvements Process:

PIP2

Construction of Approved Public Improvement Plan


City Council must approve a Public Improvement Plan Agreement PRIOR to scheduling a Pre-Construction Meeting.  See Ordinance No. 2019-26 Section 5.05.4 Public Improvement Plan Agreement for more details.


Once a Public Improvement Agreement is approved, the City Engineer will schedule a mandatory Pre-Construction Meeting. See Ordinance No. 2019-26 Section 5.05.5 Pre-Construction Meeting for more details.


A Notice to Proceed Letter will be issued by the City Engineer after the approval of the Public Improvement Plan has been given by the City Engineer, a Public Improvement Plan Agreement has been approved by the City Council, and a Pre-Construction Meeting has been conducted by the City Engineer.


Acceptance Process of Completed Public Infrastructure


  • Once construction of public infrastructure is completed, a walk-through will be conducted by the City Engineer with authorized representative(s).A punch-list will be created and must be completed.
  • At the completion of all items on the punch-list, a two (2) year maintenance bond must be filed in accordance with approved Public Improvement Plan Agreement.
  • A letter shall be submitted to the City from the developer’s Engineer certifying that the improvements were built in accordance with the approved Public Improvement Plan.
  • A letter of concurrence will be issued by the City Engineer stating that the improvements were built in accordance with the approved Public Improvement Plan, after which a final plat can be submitted to the City in accordance with Ordinance No. 2019-26 Section 4.10.6b.
  • Approval of a final plat constitutes acceptance of the infrastructure by the City.

Final Plat:


City Council has adopted a Plat & Site Plan Schedule of Uniform Submittal Dates for 2019/2020.  Plat submissions will only be accepted on specific dates, as noted on the schedule below, between 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


Plat & Site Plan Schedule of Uniform Submittal Dates – 2019/2020


Final Plat provides detailed geographic information and associated text indicating property boundaries, easements, streets, utilities, drainage, and other information required for the maintenance of public records of the subdivision of land. 


A Final Plat shall be submitted for approval by the Planning & Zoning Commission, in accordance with Sections 4.10.7,4.10.8, and 5.05.7 of Ordinance No. 2019-26 only after a Preliminary Plat is submitted and approved by the Planning & Zoning Commission and all requirements of Section 5 – Standard Division Design Requirements are met.  A Fee for Final Plat must accompany the Planning Application. The Preliminary Plat must be valid at the time the final plat for the subdivision is submitted to the City for consideration by the Planning & Zoning Commission.


Final Plat Quick Links:

Plat & Site Plan Schedule of Uniform Submittal Dates – 2019/2020

Planning Application

Plat Checklist

Fee Schedule

Site Development Plan Process:


City Council has adopted a Plat & Site Plan Schedule of Uniform Submittal Dates for 2019/2020.  Site Plan submissions will only be accepted on specific dates, as noted on the schedule below, between 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


Plat & Site Plan Schedule of Uniform Submittal Dates – 2019/2020


Site Development Plan:


All property must be appropriately zoned.  Property must be platted, unless it is a lot of record.  All public improvements must be constructed and accepted, if required.


Only multi-family and commercial developments require a site plan.


The Director of Planning and Development shall make the initial determination of whether a proposed development, construction, enlargement, or improvement requires a Site Development Plan or not. The initial determination is subject to review by the City Manager.


The Site Development Plan must be prepared by a licensed and registered professional land surveyor, and/or a licensed professional engineer.


No building permit shall be issued for any of the above developments unless a Site Development Plan is first approved by the City. No certificate of occupancy shall be issued unless all construction and development conforms to the Site Development Plan as approved by the City.


Supplemental requirements:


  • Site Development Plan cannot be approved until Final Plat is recorded.
  • Site Development Plan must be prepared by a licensed and registered professional land surveyor and/or a licensed professional engineer.
  • Building permits will not be issued for any development until the Site Development Plan is approved.
  • Property taxes must be paid prior to approval of plan.
  • Irrigation plans require separate permits – approval of Site Development Plan does not constitute approval of any included irrigation plans or elements of the Landscape Plan.
  • Signs require separate permits – approval of the Site Development Plan does not constitute approval of any included sign plans or elements.

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