ZAP for Stratus
The Z.A.P. vote was helped along by a subcommittee's in-depth study of the plan, with input from Stratus attorney Steve Drenner and Southwest Austin neighborhood and environmental representatives. More than a dozen residents from neighborhoods affected by the Stratus plan spoke in opposition. "If this is such a good plan, why are we having to give abatements? Why are we being threatened?" asked Amy Rupp of the Circle C Neighborhood Association, a group formed after residents learned that their Homeowners Association leaders were negotiating privately with Stratus. (Circle C HOA board members voiced their support for the plan Tuesday.)
Attorney Casey Dobson, who negotiated the deal for the city, vigorously defended the agreement, denying allegations made earlier by Save Our Springs Alliance leader Bill Bunch that it was built on fraud, fear, and misinformation. Dobson also accused certain city staff members of fueling controversy over the agreement. "Given our realistic alternatives," he said, "I believe this is a good settlement. It gives certainty about the outcome of the tracts."