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HaysFreePress.com January 13, 2016 Page 1D to preserve farm land by growing ingredients its own BY MOSES LEOS III Hays Free Press Editor Soon after starting up the Jester King Brew- ery outside of Dripping Springs, owner Jefferey Stuffings realized the rapid pace of growth ex- perienced in the area. But with the purchase of 56 acres of land, Stuff- ings and his partners at Jester King hope to stave off development near their facility for as long as they can. "The number one goal was to buy it and to leave "Being able to grow our own fruit for beer making is important." -Jefferey Stuffings, co-owner of Jester King Brewery velopment) would be in- purposes. Of that, only evitable," Stuffings said, 20,000 to 40,000 square "the land would be devel- feet of actual building oped somehow." space is being planned. In order to combat Not included within development, Stuffingsthe one to two percent and Jester King opted to will be land used for live- ,it alone," Stuffings said. purchase the 58-acres,stock grazing. Stuffings ' The location will be which cost the companysaid he plans to bring rural and rustic that is a roughly $1.67 million,in cattle and goats to go bit of an escape from the While that amount along with horses and overgrowth that is going could have gone towardchickens that are already on around us." paying off the financing at the Jester King facility. Stuffings said the rapid used to start up Jester Farming is also one rise of development has King, Stuffings felt it was aspect he anticipates to "hit home" over the past better to "preserve the initiate within the 58- two to three years, with land and the character of acre property. Stuffings the rapid population what's around us." said that is "first on the growth of the Austin Stuffings said most agenda" this spring. metro area, along with of the 58-acre property, According to Stuffings, Dripping Springs. which is "tucked on the the farm aspect will in- They also began to no- side of the brewery," clude planting crops of tice more development would be preserved "asgrape vines and peach and rumors of develop- is." trees. ment, mostly residential, Of the 58-acres put- He said relatively thin near their business on chased, Stuffings saidsoil was discovered in el- Fitzhugh Road. only one to two percent evated parts of the prop- "Given the projected of the land will be devel- erty, which is conducive growth of this area, (de- oped for the brewery'sto planting grape vines. gOV't Buda Dripping Springs ..... Kyle Niederwald San Marcos Uhland Wimberley Woodcreek ii:iii iii ii !iii il i!ii ! iiii iiiiiiiii!iiiiiiii!NiNiiiil Current Net payment rate thle period 1 :.50 %$433,144.67 1.25% 1.5O% 1.00% 1.50% 1.50% 1.00% 1.00% iiii iii ii iiiiiiiii $148,640.54 $477,871.33 $2,033.96 $2,304,164.27 $11,881.33 $65,007.02 $3,663.80 i ii~i~i~!~!~i!miiiiiiiiiiiii!iiii~iiiii~i~iiiii~iii~i~iii~ii!~ii~ii!!i~iiiiii~i~!i~!~!~i~!~i~i~i~)~i~i Change from Jan, 2014 to Jan. 2015 -1.05% +11.75% +23.40% +11.41 % +2.68% +71.40% +35.51% +74.89 iii i!i!i!iiiii!iiiii iN!i il iiii!ii!iiii i!iiii! In addition, the soil will lend itself to necessary water runoff for peach trees that will be planted. Stuffings said grapes and peaches are two items that go into the beer they brew. Jester King receives grapes from several areas, including the Texas Hill Country, and brings in peaches from Fredericksburg. "Being able to grow our own fruit for beer making is important," Stuffings said. Jester King's purchase of the land, according to Stuffings, could bringtwo possible advantages to the community. One would be main- taining a part of the hill country that won't be af- fected by development, and that "is virtually, en- tirely undeveloped." He also believes the farm addition could con- tinue to instill a sense of community within the area. "We're trying to do something that doesn't exist except for it being made right here," Stuff- ings said. "Making foods and beverages that are unique to this little part of the world." Year-to-date 2016 payments change from to date 2016 to 2010 $433,144.67 $148,640.54 $477,871.33 $2,033.96 $2,304,164.27 $11,881.33 $65,007.02 -1.05% +11.75% +23.40% +11.41 % +2.68% +71.40% +35.51% +74.89 $3,663.80 :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: ::::::::::::::::::::::: i::~=:i':iii ~ :,i~ :,~ BY MOSES LEOS III Hays Free Press Editor The rezoning of land near the Silverado sub- division died on Dec. 5 after Kyle City Council members joined resi- dents in opposition to a proposed town home development. The rezoning item, which was to rezone 1.30 acres at 707 Live Oak Street from single family residential (R- 1) to residential town home (R-I-T), was voted down by a 5-1 vote. Council member Shane Arabie voted in favor of the rezoning. A second item to rezone 14 acres to R-1-T was withdrawn by the ap- plicant Tyler Williams. Giber- son had sought to rezone both prop- erties and assemble them to build town homes. He had planned to construct town homes over the 15-plus acre prop- erty. Despite concerns and outcry from near- by neigh- bors, both rezoning cases made their way through the Kyle Planning and Zon- ing com- mission. Those residents, however, returned when the item went before city council. Roughly eight speakers spoke during public hearing against the development. Many of the speakers had con- cerns about resulting traffic and drainage. Resident Sue Ellen Creek said she was concerned that traffic would increase along main thoroughfares in Silverado, and to Montera, which would connect Silverado with the development. She also thought property values with the new development might change, and that developers may not "consider how many kids" are added to Hays CISD schools. Silverado resident Dane Jackson also thought property values would fall due to the development. He also said he "didn't understand" how the city could allow more traffic flow through the neighborhood. "There is no plan. There is nothing. We don't understand that," Jackson said. "I've lived here 13 years and I'm moving out because of the traffic flow from Hometown Kyle." Kyle resident Linda Tenorio said the town homes concept was "poor planning" and that "not enough infor- mation was provided to people." Tenorio had con- cerns over drainage is- sues that may arise due to the development. "You already know the drainage problems ... you're adding more drainage problems with townhouses," Tenorio said. Community Devel- opment Director How- ard Koontz said traffic could increase with the development. But he added that there would be more than one entrance point into the subdivision. He added that the development could lead to waste- water, stormwater !'There is and street improve- no plan. ments. Koontz There is said that the city's nothing, current draining We don't system is "holding understand standards" for a 750- that ... I've yearstorm. Williams lived here said the develop- 13 years meat was not "to add and I'm traffic to Live Oak moving out street." In addition he because of said traffic wouldn't the traffic go back into the flow from Silverado subdivi- Hometown sign. Williams Kyle." said he believed bringing -Dane Jackson, the new Silverado resident kind of develop- ment to the city could attract young professionals and empty nesters. Arabie felt that the rezoning would be a good buffer between single family residen- tial parcels, so the city doesn't have "ware- house (zoning) next to single family residen- tial." He also believed the development could lead to improved roads. "We need develop- ment to catalyze those areas," Arabie said. "We need to do this already." But many city coun- cil members held vari- ous concerns over the development. Coun- cil member Damon Fogley said it "isn't financially sustainable" to add the town home rezoning without retail or mixed use. He also believed it could be a "burden" on public works and the police department. Council member Becky Selbera said she wanted to see "good quality homes come to Kyle," but was dis- suaded by traffic and draining concerns. For Mayor Todd Webster, concerns over the impact of the development may not justify the cost. I 1 [