|Overall site plan (click to enlarge)|
Monday, April 16, 2012
Altogether, the plan estimates total expenditures topping $3.6 million. Where the money will come from is anybody's guess
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Hays County Commissioners Court is expected to take up consideration of the much anticipated Jacob's Well Natural Area Master Plan at either its Tuesday, April 24, meeting or its Tuesday, May 1, meeting, according to county grants administrator Jeff Hauff.
"I can almost assure you it will be the May 1 meeting," Hauff told the RoundUp Monday.
Commissioners will vote to accept the master plan as proposed or postpone action for later consideration. Citizens may have their last opportunity to weigh in during the public comments portion of the meeting.
"Right now this is just kind of the first step for the concept, kind of a guideline," Hauf said. "We fully expect phasing (in) over the years to come, and fundraising."
The master plan includes cost estimates for development of a north tract and a south tract of the Jacob's Well Natural Area, comprising about 81 acres. The larger north tract is where most of the development would occur with a parking lot and driveways, structures (including interpretive center), hardscapes, a play scape, furnishing, signage, planting and irrigation, site work and utilities, mobilization, insurance, 10% contingency, etc., for an estimated cost of $3,374,250.00. Similar work is proposed on the smaller south tract at an estimated cost of $273,581.00. Altogether, the plan estimates total expenditures topping $3.6 million. Where the money will come from is anybody's guess. Sources say selling the voters another round of parks and open space bonds is not likely to happen any time soon and taking money from already tight county general revenues will be a hard sell on commissioners court.
Last August, commissioners hired RVI Planning and Landscape Architecture of Austin to lead the master plan effort. Commissioners placed a cap of $94,500 for the consultant's cost. Hauff, whose office is acting as overall planning coordinator for the county, said the total cost should come in just under the cap.
Two public input meetings were held this year in January and March. You can find the links here for a summary of the January meeting and the March 28 Jacob's Well Master Plan presentation.
Following are members of the JWNA stakeholder group:
Winton Porterfield, appointed by County Judge Bert Cobb; Naomi Narvaiz, appointed by Pct. 1 Commissioner Debbie Ingalsbe; Jim Camp, appointed by Pct. 2 Commissioner Mark Jones; Sara Dishman, appointed by Pct. 3 Commissioner Will Conley; and Pamela McAfee, appointed by Pct. 4 Commissioner Ray Whisenant; David Baker and Jeff Vasgaard with the Wimberley Valley Watershed Association, Jimmy Skipton and Dr. Joan Jernigan with the Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District, Andrew Sansom with Texas State University River Systems Institute, Rachael Ranft with The Nature Conservancy, Wimberley Mayor Bob Flocke, Eric Eskelund with the City of Woodcreek, Commissioner Will Conley (Woodcreek North), and Gary Amaon with the Hays County Parks and Open Space Advisory Board.
Posted by RoundUp Editor at 5:20 PM