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Bee Cave Council Approves Preliminary Site Plan for The Backyard

By July 14, 2021December 25th, 2021Site plan

On July 13, Bee Cave City Council approved a preliminary site design for The Backyard mixed-use development. City staff will now work with developers to approve construction plans. (Courtesy of JPD Backyard Finance)

During a large Bee Cave City Council meeting, council members unanimously approved two actions on July 13 regarding two major and much-discussed multi-use development projects in the city: the village of Spanish Oaks and The Backyard.

First, council members approved the creation of a Public Improvement District, or PID, for the 80-acre development of The Village at Spanish Oaks. While several remaining steps are needed to formalize the PID, council approval allows the city and developers to issue bonds to raise funds for improvements within the PID, said Clint Garza, director of Bee Cave. City. And the bonds issued would be repaid through appraisals paid only by landowners living in the PID, which covers the same area as the village of Spanish Oaks.

“The council will vote at some point in the near future whether to issue debt,” he said.

Jack Creveling, senior vice president of real estate for the site’s developer, CCNG Inc., said during a presentation to the board that funds generated by PID would be used to purchase improved materials, such as stone pavers. brick and stone used in the construction of roads and walkways in the development of the village of Spanish Oaks.

Second, board members approved a preliminary platform for The Backyard, and in doing so, paved the way for City of Bee Cave staff to begin discussions with developer, JPD Backyard Finance LLC, on plans for specific construction and, finally, a final platform for the 35- one hectare site. Plans for the site include a 3,700-seat amphitheater, dance hall, stores and parking garages.

Notably, the council-approved preliminary platform includes the staking of a new segment of a planned central artery from Bee Cave known as the Willie Way. During the Backyard site design discussion, city staff told Bee Cave council members at the July 13 meeting that Travis County Emergency Services had released the name Wille Way to the use of the town of Bee Cave.

In April, the town of Bee Cave opened a segment of Willie Way to motorists that connects Bee Cave Parkway and Ladera Boulevard. At that time, city staff were concerned that the street name would need to change as Travis County said the name was already in use and could not be repeated due to possible confusion with city departments. 911 emergency.

“They [Travis County] I thought it was booked, but now they’ve released it to us, ”Garza said after the meeting. “That’s excellent news.”

As envisioned by civic and business members of the community, Willie Way would ultimately extend from Ladera Boulevard north to the highway. 71 south through The Backyard development. JPD Backyard Finance is currently negotiating with a neighboring landowner to establish such a connection, municipal staff told the council at the meeting.

In the preliminary flat board approved on June 13, Willie Way extends south of Bee Cave Parkway, through The Backyard development, and intersects with another proposed road tentatively named Live Oak Lane. This yet to be built road, which staff say may have its own naming issues, would connect to the western parts of the development where office buildings and a hotel are planned.

Bee Cave Arts Foundation

In other cases, the Town of Bee Cave has approved spending $ 50,000 in hotel occupancy tax revenue with the Bee Cave Arts Foundation. The approval came after a lengthy discussion among board members on how to approach an initial request for $ 140,000 from the foundation made by its representative, Deby Childress. The funds would be used for planning a second festival of lights, known as BuzzFest. The first BuzzFest took place in December 2020.

The decision to spend the tax funds with the foundation was only made after extensive discussions among the board members on how the foundation should go about raising funds to cover the estimated total cost of the Buzzfest and how demand impacts the city’s available hotel tax budget. $ 120,000 for the promotion of the arts.

During the foundation’s presentation, council learned that approximately 19,000 people attended BuzzFest over a three-day period in December 2020, and Mayor Kara King said the Hill Country Galleria and its tenants benefited from this pedestrian traffic. Thus, the Hill Country Galleria should help fund the next BuzzFest, which is tentatively scheduled for February 2022, she said.

“I feel like the Galleria has benefited greatly from what all of you have brought to the Galleria,” King told Childress. “They made record sales. I hesitate to devote our total budget to a single event. There might be other things we would like to have money for.

Ultimately, council voted to approve $ 50,000 with the understanding that the arts foundation would return to council at its August 10 meeting to further discuss the funding options available for the town of Bee Cave.

Council member Jon Cobb said it was important to support the foundation for the arts and BuzzFest so that it can become an event that can more easily attract private funding.

“For me, it’s the kind of thing that makes me think differently,” he said. “For me there was a really cool vibe. I’m excited and I think there is an opportunity for this to be huge.”