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LWV Educates Members on Land Use

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League of Women Voters of the Comal Area (LWV-CA) on Saturday hosted a regional meeting aimed at educating members about the need for legislation granting counties more authority for land-use management.

Roxanna Deane, president of LWV-CA and library director of Canyon Lake’s Tye Preston Memorial Library, where Hill Country LWV members met, said the group shared stories about challenges created by growth in Kerr, Gillespie, Williamson, Travis, Hays, Bexar, Guadalupe and Comal Counties.

“Members reported that subdivisions are being built in the unincorporated areas of counties with little or no regulation regarding water resources or impacts on roads,” she said. “Industrial operations can be built next to subdivisions because counties do not have authority regarding incompatible land uses.”

Annalisa Peace, a member of the league’s San Antonio-area chapter and executive director of Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance, described the situation as “loving the Hill Country to death.”

She said previous attempts in the Texas legislature to give counties more authority have failed.

“Now is the time to ask our state legislators to support new legislation to give our counties more tools to manage growth.”

Peace and Deane asked members to educate residents in their respective counties.

LWV-CA Land Use Committee Chair Jensie Madden said more information is available on the group’s website, lwvcomal.org. To search for land-use information, click “county authority resources.”

Update: Bryan Benway, district director for Rep. Kyle Biedermann, Texas House District 73, said after reviewing this article: “Please remember that in order for the state legislature to write a bill for ‘county authority’ that the county leadership, judge and commissioners, need to tell us what authority, if any, they would like. We need that information. If we wrote a bill without knowing what they want and specifics, that would be like us writing a bill for education without getting info and ideas from the people who know it best, the educators. In other words, we cannot write a bill about county authority unless we know what the county officials want, if anything.”

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  1. michael l. maurer
    August 11, 2018 at 5:14 pm — Reply

    Perhaps this Annalisa Peace should go after Comal County Commissioners instead of barking at people screaming the sky is falling. The fact is…Comal County Commissioners have a REQUIREMENT that mandates than a developers has to prove that there is sufficient water to supply the entire build-out of the subdivision for the next 20 years. The problem lies with County officials who support bigger growth and their lack of requiring strict proof of WATER AVAILABILTY from the purveyors supplying water to these new subdivisions. The County officials can pick and choose who the winners will be… and with high dollar development that will bring millions of dollars in new valuations to the appraisal rolls… what is so big about WATER AVAILABLITY… or so these officials may believe. The county has sat back and refused to adopt a resolution denouncing the proposed rock quarry at 46/3009. This is exactly what I’m talking about when it comes to development and the County. The County appears to take it easy on ‘development’ that they ‘approve’ of. It is estimated that almost half of the development that has taken place over the last 5years should not have been approved because of this water availability requirement or what I consider STRICT PROOF THEREOF.

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