Landowner Alert System 11-9-21

Posted by on Nov 12, 2021 in News & Events | No Comments

County & Municipal Long Range Transportation Plans:

County and Municipal long range transportation plans (LRTPs) are complex and confusing, but serve a couple of functions. First, a plan provides a conceptual record and notice of the vision for the regional transportation system, and second, a guide for the project prioritization and expenditures of local and federal funding. In this linked article, the Mayor Pro Tem of Dripping Springs Taline Manassian is quoted: “They are conceptual lines on a map. We have no intention of splitting anybody’s property, taking anybody’s property or making their property such that they can’t sell it. That’s not where we are heading with this map. What we are doing is paving the way for the development of roads in the future as properties turn over.” (See article – DS Transportation Master Plan gets green light)

But as landowners, we have concerns about how these plans impact a property, whether being held, sold or purchased. A fair questions is: “How does this plan impact a property and, if so, when?” The “if” and “when” are legitimate questions and there are no clear or easy answers. The LRTPs are not immediate acquisitions and may take years or even decades to finalize. The notice of a LRTP does provide the community and landowners the opportunity to provide input. For more information on local LRTPs, please see the links below. If you have questions, please contact me at preznik@braungresham.com or (512) 894-5426.

– Patrick L. Reznik, Attorney & Counselor


Dripping Springs City Council Approves Transportation Master Plan

The plan’s approval comes after years of extensive meetings and public open houses and includes modifications to address many citizen concerns and needs, says the city… READ MORE

Dripping Springs Transportation Master Plan

The City Council approved the City of Dripping Springs Transportation Master Plan on October 20, 2021. The approval comes after years of extensive meetings and public open houses and includes modifications to address… LEARN MORE

Hays County Transportation Plan 2021

Hays County Commissioners Court adopted the 2021 Hays County Transportation Plan Update on Tuesday, July 13, 2021.  The Plan identifies safety improvements and improvements to regional connections and mobility… LEARN MORE

Williamson County Long-Range Transportation Plan

The Williamson County Commissioners Court adopted the Long-Range Transportation Plan in October 2009. The County’s continued growth requires progressive planning in order to keep pace with the increase in… LEARN MORE

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Infrastructure Bill:

On November 5, 2021, Congress passed a $1.2 trillion infrastructure package that includes an investment of $65 billion to rebuild the electric grid. We will monitor whether Texas is earmarked to receive any funds for new high voltage transmission lines (HVTLs) to provide the needed additional capacity after the February 2021 winter storm

– Patrick L. Reznik, Attorney & Counselor


Here’s What’s in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

Congress passed a $1.2 trillion infrastructure package Friday, approving a signature part of President Joe Biden’s economic agenda. It will deliver $550 billion of new federal investments in America’s infrastructure over five years, touching everything from bridges and roads to the nation’s broadband, water and energy systems… READ MORE

ERCOT and the Texas Power Grid

In a Houston Chronicle article, state Rep. Drew Darby discussed the 2005 project, Competitive Renewable Energy Zones (CREZ). The new construction of statewide high voltage transmission lines into ERCOT were completed in early 2014. This article reports: “Until more transmission projects come online, ERCOT must continue to turn away West Texas renewable power from the grid…” READ MORE

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