Developers request HSBay annexation, convenience store approval

HORSESHOE BAY — Developers of 113 acres adjacent to the city have asked the council to consider annexing the property at Horseshoe Bay’s expense.

Officials with the development are hoping the city will pick up the tab for utilities extension as well as allowing for a convenience store at RR 2147 and Texas 71.

Horseshoe Bay City Council discussed the items during a regular meeting Nov. 27.

Mid-com, LTD officials suggested voluntary annexation with the council considering a waiver or variance on required fees, approximately $6,200 per living unit, for connections and expansion of utilities to new developments in the Horseshoe Bay city limits.

"If the council thinks the timing is right to annex this project. . . we can outline a procedure to get this (the annexation process) started," said Jim Babcock, a consultant for the developers.

City officials cited charging fees for utilities expansion and connections at Summit Rock, a new development underway just off RR 2147. The city is expected to collect approximately $7.4 million, officials said.

"We charge a fee for ultimately having to expand utilities," Mayor Bob Lambert said.

One proposed business venture on the development site involves a potential "Stripes-style" convenience store.

The city currently has two such stores, a 7-11 and Texan Mart in the middle of town. A proposed store in the south end of the city would be the only store on the remote Texas 71 route between Spicewood and Llano, about 30 miles.

"It would be a convenience store and pump station, not a service station," Babcock said. "Its design would be compatible to what you see in Horseshoe Bay."

Councilman Tom Schmersal said, "It would be very attractive. I need to know more about the implications of a variance."

One of his colleagues agreed.

"It’s an exciting project which would be a good addition to the Horseshoe Bay community," Councilman Steve Jordan said.

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