Metropolis Council postpone a choice on whether or not to grant a wastewater service extension request to CWS Capital Companions within the environmentally delicate Bull Creek Watershed at Thursday’s assembly. The postponement got here after Council Member Leslie Pool introduced that there was an settlement to place off the matter till July 29, the subsequent Council assembly.
Though Austin Water was in favor of extending centralized wastewater service to the 34-acre tract at 11213 FM 624, the Watershed Safety Division expressed disapproval. The tract accommodates a crucial water high quality zone and a water high quality transition zone meant to guard the headwaters of a tributary to Bull Creek. Unsurprisingly, the Environmental Fee voted to oppose the request whereas the Water and Wastewater Fee voted to assist it.
As famous in a memo to Council from Watershed Safety, the tract accommodates a number of crucial environmental options, together with two springs, one recharge characteristic and 4 wetlands. As well as, and most significantly, the memo notes that runoff from the location “flows on to federally listed threatened Jollyville Plateau salamander habitat.”
Though most service extension requests are routinely granted by metropolis employees, the Land Growth Code requires Council approval for centralized wastewater service for properties throughout the Ingesting Water Safety Zone and outdoors the town’s full objective boundaries. Whereas a part of the tract is throughout the metropolis limits, 25 acres is throughout the ETJ.
Bobby Levinski, representing the Save Our Springs Alliance, and Craig Nazor, representing the regional chapter of the Sierra Membership, urged Council to not grant the SER to raised defend the atmosphere.
Legal professional Richard Suttle, who represents the developer, instructed Council his shopper desires to be annexed into the town and would totally adjust to metropolis rules. Nevertheless, his shopper continues to be within the course of of buying the property and wished to have the wastewater service query settled earlier than closing on the deal. The vendor, he mentioned, doesn’t need the property annexed and apparently gained’t cooperate with the client in getting that finished.
After Council agreed to the postponement, Suttle instructed the Austin Monitor, “I reached an understanding with SOS, different stakeholders and Council members and we’ll go forward and transfer ahead and alleviate their issues.” He mentioned he expects his shopper to ask for an extension on the settlement to purchase the land, however that he may purchase it earlier than the July 29 assembly, with the understanding that he would get the wastewater service after the property is annexed.
The Watershed Safety Division argued that improvement of the tract is feasible with out the service extension request, whereas noting that “approval of the SER would allow a bigger footprint of impervious cowl to be constructed on the location” and given the “substantial variety of crucial environmental options and a crucial water high quality zone, WPD don’t suggest approval” of the request.
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