Two VERY IMPORTANT MEETINGS that will shape the future of Wimberley are about to take place.
PLEASE pass this on to everyone who might be interested in the future of Wimberley! Please ATTEND!!
PLANNING AND ZONING MEETING!
Thursday, July 12 at 6:30 PM
(Be there at 6PM for a good seat!)
CITY COUNCIL MEETING!
Thursday, July 19 at 6:30 PM
(Be there at 6PM for a good seat!)
This information is directed to:
Citizens of Wimberley
Residents living in the ETJ areas (especially you!)
Residents of Woodcreek (your ETJ is effected)
Supporters of Blue Hole and parks projects
Persons interested in the preservation of our home town image
Interested citizens who live on our creeks, rivers or around our water sensitive regions
Conservation and wildlife enthusiasts
Anyone worried about the drilling 109 new wells within 1/2 mile of Blue Hole
Merchants on the Square and current businesses
Anyone interested in the future direction of our Valley
The fate of Wimberley's future will be the main concern in the upcoming P&Z and City Council Meetings.
Lone Star Development has applied to begin construction of Phase 1 of a large subdivision on the Winters Mill Parkway (known to many as "the bypass").
Since this subdivision is in the ETJ (extra territorial jurisdiction) there are currently few regulations stopping any developer from exploiting the areas leading in and around our town.
Reportedly, some State Legislators are working on constructing new laws to protect environmentally sensitive areas but no one knows when they will come to fruition.
Boerne, Bandera, Kyle, Buda and other small Hill Country towns are under attack from growth and over developement as described in recent newpaper articles.
Having a proactive plan in place is our best defense!
Now is NOT the time to become complacent! There ARE ways to protect our environment, plan our future and PREVENT Wimberley from becoming mediocre suburbia!
By law, every city government must have a Comprehensive Plan. Our plan was adopted by City Council on December 19, 2002. This is an outstanding document and can be found on the internet through a Google search: VILLAGE OF WIMBERLEY COMPREHENSIVE PLAN. (See if you agree with the vision of this plan!) The responses were compiled from canvassing the entire registered voter base of our area. Numerous professional studies were also conducted.
Our current City Council is obliged to follow the plan! If they do, they have a tool to protect Wimberley from invading threats of ill planned developers and projects not condusive to our character! This document even has a "responsible" plan for new subdivisions as well!
In this Comprehensive Plan is a section outlining many of the critical issues currently on our doorstep!
My question to City Hall is: If this plan has been adopted since 2002, why haven't they moved forward with adopting the recommendations outlined in this document?
Regardless of your political preferences, this document can be the blueprint to a safe future for Wimberley.
Most of us do not like bothersome rules and regulations, but without some limitations, we are left vulnerable to those who seek opportunities to take advantage of us.
If you have feelings regarding the fate of Wimberley's future, it is imperative to let City Council know! One way to take action, according to law, is through "public outcry."
HERE'S WHAT YOU CAN DO (over the next two weeks):
1) SEND AN EMAIL TO CITY HALL (Everyday if you like!)Google search: "Village of Wimberley City Hall" or try www.vil.wimberley.tx.us Press the: "Contact Us" button. A space is available to tell City Council how you feel. Ask for one of the council members (your choice) to send a timely reply back to you before July 19th. This will insure they actually read and thought about your comments.
No time to compose? Clip and paste any or all of the questions below...or make up your own:
Dear City Council Members:
Are you "for" or "against" the Lone Star Subdivision Developement?
What have you done to follow the Comprehensive Plan?
What are you doing to protect our local enviorment?
What are you doing to stop over building and unmanaged growth in our area?
How do you plan to protect the charm of our Village?
How do you think building subdivisions and destroying our Hill Country landscape will impact our tourism trade?
How will the 109 new wells and septic systems (from the Lone Star Subdivision) effect Cypress Creek and Blue Hole?
Do you belive there is a ground water crisis in our area?
Will you support Rainwater Harvesting?
Are you for designating Green Spaces along our roadways to protect us from exploitation?
Would you consider being a frontrunner in allowing Wimberley to participate in becoming a eco-friendly planned community?
Will you fight for citizen's rights to protect Wimberley from the forces that have destroyed the character and charm of many of our sister Hill Country villages?
2) ATTEND THE NEXT TWO MEETINGS! If you sign up before 6:30pm, you are entitled to speak (up to 3 minutes) to the P&Z and/or the Council on issues of concern. This is where public support is important! No City Council in America likes to see a packed chamber! You don't have to speak, they will notice your presence! The P&Z will provide an opportunity to ask questions during the process.
3) BRING SIGNS! It is important not to disrupt the meeting, but signs speak volumes to those reading them!
4) PLEASE DON'T LET YOUR LOYALTIES GET IN THE WAY. We are not there to embarass or denegrade our Council. We want to be heard. We hold the upper hand. We elected the Council. They are Public Servants and our future vote will go to whoever protects the Wimberley Valley!
5) ATTEND EVEN IF YOU CAN'T VOTE! If you live in or around the ETJ area, you will especially want to attend because your property is the most vulnuerable. Residents of Woodcreek should attend! What happens to Wimberley affects your ETJ and subdivision too! If you live on a creek or waterway, you also may want to listen to the P&Z.
6) CALL THE MAYOR! (512) 847-0025. His name is Tom Haley. If you are better at expressing your feelings verbally, please ask him to explain his position on growth issues, water conservation, any of question of concern you may have. Please be professional.
7) MAKE SURE YOU REGISTER TO VOTE. Next May (2008), three positions in City Council will be available. Mayor and 2 Council seats. As an intelligent voter, you should give this administration every opportunity to demonstrate they can perform their responsiblities as mandated by the citizens. If they don't, you can replace them.
NOTE: It is important to mention that if the Lone Star Developement meets the Ordinances and accepts the variances mandated by the P&Z, the project must be approved and sent to City Council. At that point, City Council has very little power rejecting the application by current law.
HOWEVER, if the developers cannot meet the requirements or accept the terms of the variances, City Hall can vote against the application. Here's where you will see if our City Council works for the CITIZENS or the DEVELOPERS!
THANKS FOR CARING ABOUT OUR FUTURE!