May 2, 2019

Bastrop Lifts Development Moratorium

Bastrop City Council unanimously voted on first reading to repeal the temporary moratorium on new development in Bastrop, originally enacted in August 2018 (Emergency Ordinance 2018-1). In its place, Council adopted an Enhanced Permit Review process, which will be implemented on an interim basis until the City’s new building, construction and land-use regulations are completed this fall.

From the Building Bastrop press release:

“Bastrop has always welcomed development. The moratorium was simply a resource to avoid having to approve new development that would have been detrimental to our community by exacerbating flooding in the community,” said Bastrop Mayor Connie Schroeder. “We promised to work as quickly as possible to update our land-use regulations while ensuring future development is done in the most geographically sensitive and fiscally sustainable manner. City Council is proud to deliver on that promise and repeal the moratorium and emergency drainage ordinance in favor of the Stormwater Drainage Design Manual and an Enhanced Permit Review process.”

The Enhanced Permit Review reflects the process in place, which was created using what the City learned through mapping Bastrop’s DNA, conducting drainage studies and updating its flood data to the latest numbers available. This methodology has allowed the City to work with applicants to make improvements to development plans, resulting in better projects that will not harm the community.

For more information, contact David Glenn, Director of Government Relations and Policy at david@hbaaustin.com.