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posted October 25, 2008 03:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for PVPam     Edit/Delete Message

Plan to attend this FREE seminar for residents in the Wimberley Valley area with 5+ acres of land. This information will be of great value for large land owners 20+ acres as well.

Mark Steinback, Director of The Texas Land Trust, and attorney, Thomas Hall of Braun & Associates will explain how you can put your land in conservancy or add deed restrictions prohibiting development from destroying the natural beauty of the Hill Country.

The following issues will be discussed: tax reductions associated with land conservation, how to add simple deed restrictions attached to your current deed, preserving land for future generations, providing wildlife habitats, and more.

Join us in our mission to preserve the Wimberley Valley and protect the Texas Hill Country by attending this seminar.

Call: 847-9599 or 847-2215 to reserve a seat in advance.
Standing room only with no reservation.

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posted October 27, 2008 01:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for PVPam     Edit/Delete Message
Sorry about that!
We're getting a good response!
14 signed up so far! Room holds about 30 seated.

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posted November 14, 2008 10:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Qyith20nMe     Edit/Delete Message
Prior to discussing these issues this weekend, please take a look at the deed restrictions listed online for Wimberley Springs Community...for a master planned community and how this could effect this area's most precious jewel: its water. While certain improvements to the area are visible, i.e. the entryway from 2325 into Woodcreek North and the Wimberley Springs Community but other aspects of development seem to be flying under the radar...does this bear looking into...........

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posted November 16, 2008 11:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cgm     Edit/Delete Message
I wasn't able to attend the meeting yesterday & would appreciate comments from those who were there.
In reviewing this post & the "Newsflash" post, we seem to be discussing the same issue: How we can protect our community from overdevelopment & abuse of our natural resources, primarily water. Many of us do not have large tracts of land that might qualify for "conservancy" status. However, whether we own 10 acres or one, we are affected by what happens within Wimberley, either within the city limits or ETJ or County. We may not even have a POA that's active or aware of potential problems in our specific areas; therefore, are not informed or represented. If we don't know that we are being threatened by over development, we don't have the opportunity to support or oppose it. I wonder if it's possible/practical that we form a "Wimberley Watchdog" group, composed of representative from all the POA's that will investigate such activities, inform their members, discuss proposals to determine if we feel that this particular plan meets the guidelines for our comunity. Many forum members seem to have access to information that the average citizen doesn't have. But usually these proposed plans are not always posted before action is taken on a county level. Is it not the expectation that our County Commissioner inform us about what's going on in our community? That has not been the policy with our currently re-elected Commissioner, but can we not demand more transparency & responsibility to his constituents? If such a watchdog group existed, could they not meet on a regular basis with the Commissioner to review future developments? Could we then be awarded the same power & influence as developers? Could we demand that? I, for one, feel pretty powerless about the situation. Can we change that?

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posted March 02, 2009 03:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for PVPam     Edit/Delete Message
A small group of citizens formed CARD (Citizens Alliance for Responsible Development) with the mission to promote sustainable growth in the valley and discourage irresponsible building which depletes our sensitive water resources. We ALL share water so it is imperative we take care of its sources.

The Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District (HTGCD) is a group of qualified experts who monitor our aquifer's conditions. Our future looks grim if we don't quit overbuilding, overpumping, and misusing the most precious resource we all share...water. Most people believe that as long as it comes out of the faucet, we're OK. The issue is far more reaching. We want to insure that we have a clean water source for our lifetime and generations to come.

HTGCD is asking government for full Chapter 36 authority which would allow them to determine whether a development project will be sustainable or destructive to our aquifer. Chapter 36 authority would raise your taxes in a miniscule way, but in return, keep individual citizens of the Wimberley Valley from taking to task each and every developer who slips through the back door trying to slide a dense subdivision into your backyard.

All citizens can join CARD, HAYSCAN, Hill Country Alliance, as well as many other organizations. Membership is getting stronger every day. Public outcry DOES make a difference! Use Your Voice. Stay Informed. Shout Loudly. Exercise your right to protect yours (and our) natural resources. You'll be glad you did.

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