Texas City Approves Residential Development on Karst
Earlier this month the city council of San Marcos, Texas approved the development of Lazy Oaks Ranch, a 1,396-acre property that is part of the recharge zone for the Edwards Aquifer.
Most of the land, made up of flood plains, steep slopes, and karst, is now slated to be developed into 1,750 lots of different sizes, with the remainder of the property, about 470 acres or one-third, set aside for open space and conservation.
City officials have stated that the most sensitive features of the property, including at least one cave, will be protected.
Furthermore, due to the property’s potential for providing habitat for endangered species, environmental studies will have to be done, and any state and federal environmental protections could override the decision.
Until the results of environmental studies are received for this property—and these are received by federal, state and city officials—there’s no guarantee as to how much of the proposed project will be eligible for development. We don’t know. Kristy Stark, Assistant Director, City of San Marcos Development Services
Although there is currently there is no timeline for construction, development must begin in the next five years or the agreement expires.
San Marcos City Council OKs 1,396-acre development [impactnews.com] & Lazy Oaks Ranch gets preliminary okay from city council [San Marcos Mercury]