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A gated, 29-lot residential subdivision is coming to the La Vernia area, following the July 12 approval of a preliminary plat by the Wilson County Development Review Committee. According to developer Paul Cleveland and engineer Walt Rakowitz, the Bridgewater Ranch subdivision will be located off F.M. 775.

Also during the meeting, the committee approved a non-standard plat for 318 Quail Run located near C.R. 319. This will allow the property owner to subdivide the lot into two tracts.

In other business, the committee discussed the status of the Floresville Economic Development Corp.’s (FEDC) compliance issues with the El Rancho Grande Industrial Park on F.M. 537 southeast of Floresville. Committee Chairman Edwin Baker said he has noticed that some drainage work currently is being performed on the property.

“They had a pipe already wash out once,” said Wilson County Pct. 2 Commissioner Paul Pfeil.

“They had a pipe, now they put in a bridge,” Baker said.

This bridge spans a dry creek bed that almost bisects the 300-plus-acre property, which has been an ongoing concern for the committee. The FEDC was told in May that it must pay for a drainage study to be performed to determine whether a detention pond or retention pond is needed. This is because of the county’s zero-impact rule that prohibits any new development from increasing area storm water flow.

With regard to infrastructure, Ben Wiatrek of the Floresville Electric Light & Power System said all electrical lines have been installed at the property. But when it comes to drinking water, Pfeil said the FEDC has not yet bored underneath F.M. 537 to access a water main on the opposite side of the roadway. Temporary buildings and ones under construction in the industrial park are relying on temporary water service, he said.

Tom Lowak from the Texas Department of Transportation said he has not received any further correspondence from the FEDC with regard to boring under the roadway. (See “FEDC works to remedy El Rancho Grande Industrial Park,” May 16.)
 

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