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'Developer-friendly' city goal sparks new council discussion

Burnet Bulletin of Burnet, Texas

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In order to be more "developer-friendly," the City of Burnet has started talking about taking over the water quality permitting process from the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA.)

It will still be several months before all the necessary ordinances could be created and approved by the Burnet City Concil and all the other proper arrangements could be made with the LCRA, said David Vaughn, city manager.

"They have regulations they impose. Through an interlocal agreement, we can take over those duties, so the permitting will go through us instead of the LCRA," he said. "We'll be a 'one-stop-shop' for water permitting."

This reorganization would only apply to properties and new construction within the City of Burnet.

Vaughn said this will make the permitting process easier for builders and developers with projects in the city. All new developments within the LCRA watershed are required to meet the organization's water quality standards.

Vaughn said the city has water quantity standards, so combining the two would streamline the process.

"If we bring (LCRA permitting) in house, it will make it more flexible for developers by having a single contact," he said.

"Anything we can do to make things easier for developers while maintaining quality is a benefit to us down the road," Vaughn said.

This change in process is still in the discussion stage, Vaughn said.1

"Marble Falls did this several years back. We're looking at their ordnances and discussing them with LCRA," he said.

If the decision is made to move forward with the change, the permitting process should be reorganized by late March or early April.

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Original Publication Date: January 6, 2016

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