Travis Club on hiatus, pending traffic analysis

Thursday, July 21, 2022 by Seth Smalley

On July 12, the Travis County Commissioners Court voted to deny developers Travis Club, a subdivision plan at Bee Creek Road and Thurman Bend Drive with a golf course and marina, the ability to proceed with the first phase of construction before a traffic impact analysis is carried out. However, commissioners expressed approval of other variance requests by the developer, which would allow a trail system in place of sidewalks, access to neighboring subdivisions, and development in a waterway buffer zone. The development has been essentially authorized, pending the results of the traffic analysis.

Plans for the 1,047-acre former ranch in western Travis County include development of a golf course, marina, 274 single-family lots, 223 “villa” units, 29 lots open space, a trail system, seven golf courses and 59,499 feet of private road (11% of which would be impermeable).

Some of the requested waivers had already been granted by the county in 2008, but had since expired.

Many residents and public commentators have spoken out against the development, citing doubts about whether the development meets community needs and integrates well with the surrounding area. Others expressed concerns about road safety, development affordability, and access and entry issues.

“I strongly urge the court to deny the developer’s preliminary plan, phasing and variances until a robust and approved traffic impact analysis can and should be completed,” said resident Linda Pollock. from Siesta Shores, next to the development. “These are Hill Country roads. They are narrow. There are tight curves and many hills of different elevations. … This will create a very impactful traffic situation.

A public commentator, who endorsed the plan, identified himself as an area realtor and associate of the Covert family, the former owners, as well as the current owners of the Covert Auto Group car dealership.

She said the Covert family had several offers for the land and selected the buyer based on the reputation of the developers and the requirement that the buyer be a “good steward of the land, respectful of what it was.” , is and will be”. ”

All other residents of the area have spoken out against the development.

“What they’re talking about building is housing that’s unaffordable for the vast majority of Travis County residents and will far exceed the average cost of housing for the community,” said Kent Bradford, who identified himself as a worried neighbor. “When we look at housing shortages, we shouldn’t be building high-end homes, we should be focusing on homes that will allow more of our community members to have affordable housing.”

Other residents highlighted environmental concerns, as the property was home to native Ashe junipers that may be “50 to 200 years old” and habitats for the golden-cheeked warbler, an endangered bird species native to the central Texas.

According to Texas Department of Parks and Wildlifegolden-cheeked warblers are endangered “because many high forests of juniper and oak have been cleared to build houses, roads and stores”.

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