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Land for Water
The city is asking voters to send more money to a little-known program that protects Barton Springs
News Story  October 25, 2018, by Lindsay Stafford Mader
"...Some land was bought outright, where the city fully owns it, and some was purchased through conservation easements, where the city pays the landowner about 50% of the property's value to own the development rights. This, Slusher says, allowed the city to stretch its funds and the families to retain their ranches and heritage while also making some money..."

Naked City
Millionaire heir Hatsy Heep Shaffer says developer Gary Bradley has been improperly claiming he has her consent to use water on her land for his development in southern Travis County.
News Story  September 29, 2000, by Rob D'Amico
"...Shaffer is an heir to the Heep Ranch, which consists of several tracts of land adjacent to Onion Creek and the I-35 corridor north of Buda. The two other Heep heirs -- Shaffer's half sisters, Betsy Urban of Dallas and Kathleen Adkins of Houston -- are also considering lawsuits against Bradley...."

Naked City
Gary Bradley presented his latest land-swap deal to the Save Barton Creek Association this week and received mixed reviews from environmentalists, many of whom are wary of trusting the megadeveloper.
News Story  August 18, 2000
"...The land, southwest of his proposed commercial development, is the site of a proposed extension of Escarpment Boulevard. Since a proposal to extend MoPac was stopped by Hays County environmentalists, the boulevard would be the only access point to thousands of acres of land slated for development on the Rutherford Ranch tracts to the south..."

A Boy Named Sue
Jim Bob Keeps Up the Fight
News Story  February 20, 1998, by Robert Bryce
"...City of Austin v. Horse Thief Hollow Ranch et al..."

Cowboys & Critters
Take Back Texas' Marshall Kuykendall Says It's Simply a Choice Between...
News Story  January 26, 1996, by Audrey Duff
"...Whether or not one agrees with Marshall E. Kuykendall, Sr., the flamboyant, country-talking, stetson-wearing Son of the Republic has hit a nerve among hundreds of ranchers, farmers, and landowners throughout the state who say they are fed up with government regulators whose actions imperil their land values. Kuykendall, 60, galvanized that frustration into Take Back Texas, Inc., an organization dedicated to pushing for property rights..."

News Story  June 2, 2000, by Rob D'Amico
"...The HCWPP says roads on the county's 2025 Multi-Corridor Transportation Plan were altered after the final public vote on the plan May 16. One of those alterations could benefit another development made public on May 26, the purchase of 2,700 acres in the Rutherford Ranch tract by Cypress Realty of Houston...."

Naked City
Gary Bradley fires back in the ongoing battle over who will control ranchland claimed by Hatsy Heep Shaffer, but it will be a while, if ever, before the Circle C developer can implement his development plans for the land.
News Story  October 6, 2000, by Rob D'Amico
"...It turns out developer Gary Bradley struck first in the war over the Heep Ranch, but it's unclear if anyone knew about his attack...."

Shelters Open to Receive Evacuees From Central Texas Fires
Stay informed about fires in the Greater Austin area
DAILY News  September 4, 2011, by Anne Harris
"...More than seven wildfires in the Greater Austin area were reported on Sunday, including those in Pflugerville, Cedar Park, Spicewood, Steiner Ranch, and Bastrop. Forecasts of continuing wind gusts of up to 30 mph through Monday, and ongoing dry conditions prompted the National Weather Service to issue a Red Flag Watch for Labor Day...."

Round Two
News Story  October 10, 1997, by Amy Smith
"...The three-fold proposal would eliminate administrative approval of water and wastewater extensions, require a council 5-2 majority approving an extension, and call for a public hearing prior to council's vote. Had the measure been on the books a year ago, Davenport Ranch would likely have been up a creek without the city's water and wastewater services..."

Columns  October 3, 1997
"...Sadly, Deer Park is not the only area where Kaufman & Board's intrusion has lead to devaluation of housing. Homeowners in several subdivisions in North Austin, Cedar Park, Leander (such as Cypress Bend, Ranch at Cypress Creek, etc..."

Going, Going, Gone?
Gary Bradley agrees to sell 1,000 acres of land to the city
News Column  March 17, 2000, by Jenny Staff Johnson
"...Following a Friday meeting with the SOS Alliance's Robin Rather and John Scanlan, the Save Barton Creek Association's George Cofer, and Council Member Daryl Slusher, Bradley agreed to sell to the city all of Pfluger Ranch, about 70 acres of Spillar Ranch, and 75% of the Edwards Crossing tract (which is zoned for single-family development), for $7,000 to $10,000 an acre -- said to be last year's market price. Should the acquisition materialize, the properties would abut much of the city's Prop..."

Land Mine
public access debate surrounds preservation issue
News Story  March 3, 2000, by Jenny Staff Johnson
"...The issue of access is rumored to be bubbling up in other residential areas as well. In Steiner Ranch, a residential subdivision in northwest Travis County, for example, developers are also participating in the BCCP habitat program, by setting aside preserve land in exchange for development rights elsewhere in the habitat..."

After the Deluge: Awash in Legal Fees
News Story  August 14, 1998
"...City of Austin v. Horse Thief Hollow Ranch, Ltd..."

Then There's This: Grandfathered Death Star
The Vested Rights Ordinance is new, but is it improved?
News Column  April 25, 2014, by Amy Smith
"..."I've been through five downturns in the last 35 years here in Aus­tin," he said. He bases much of his experience working on megasubdivision projects like Circle C, Barton Creek, Steiner Ranch, and other master-planned communities..."

Naked City
Hays County transportation plan goes back for further study; MoPac extension to San Marcos is tanked for time being.
News Story  November 12, 1999, by Rob D'Amico
"...Meanwhile, HCWPP members were scheduled to meet Tuesday with Austin Assistant City Manager Toby Futrell regarding the city's negotiations with Gary Bradley over the Spillar Ranch proposal. The proposed development would put at least 700 homes, a golf course, and a hotel at the site, which lies just east of Circle C near the northern Hays County line..."

Why Are Some of Austin's Smartest Restaurants Heading Toward Dripping Springs?
The Switch, Pieous, and the League look west
Food Story  August 9, 2018, by Tom Thornton
"...The Lakeway natives opened their first location of the League Kitchen and Tavern in 2011 near friends and family. They've since opened Tony C's pizza in Bee Cave and another League location in Avery Ranch..."

Columns  July 19, 2002
"...On the hot afternoon of July 17, 1980, a 24-year-old retarded man named Daniel Fogg vanished from the Marbridge Ranch in Manchaca south of Austin. There were only a few possible sightings of him the next couple of days, but nothing was confirmed..."

Million Man Mayhem
A Day Of Atonement Turns Into Protest
News Column  October 24, 1997, by Kayte VanScoy
"...There was at least one East Austinite celebrating a victory that day: Community activist Ron Davis of the East Austin Strategy Team, which has been working for the reconstruction of an Eastside branch of Austin Community College for eight years. Just after the angry protesters exited chambers, Davis -- who challenged Mitchell in the 1994 election and is on the outs with Mitchell's followers -- cleared the final hurdle to start construction on the college by securing a rezoning of the land at the Thursday meeting...."

Round Rock Growth Explosion
SH 130 likely to shift epicenter of growth in Round Rock from land around Dell to one-time farmland on northeast end of town
News Story  September 1, 2006, by Kimberly Reeves
"...The growth began three years ago with the opening of Newland Communities' Teravista. In Houston, Newland is known for master-planned communities on the scale of Cinco Ranch, a subdivision so large that it is served by not one, but two, Katy high schools..."

Our readers talk back.
Columns  July 1, 2005
"...Thanks for your mention of the September opening of the Austin branch of the Paul Green School of Rock Music ["TCB," Music, June 17]. We are very excited to bring our program to the Live Music Capital of the World...."

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