by BRAD ROLLINS
The proposed — or, shall we say, inevitable — Needmore Ranch Municipal Utility District on the former O’Quinn River Ranch near Wimberley has stirred up seemingly unanimous opposition in the valley. Depending on whose headcount you believe, between 200 and 400 people turned out at a town hall meeting in Wimberley last week to protest the proposal.
Many of those in attendance had harsh words for State Rep. Jason Isaac — who, to his credit, showed up to take his medicine — and for State Sen. Donna Campbell — who did not show and instead sent an aide to face the music on her behalf. (Here is a colorful account from the venerable, albiet avowedly liberal, Texas Observer.)
But two other major MUDs in Hays County are drawing little to no local notice as they wend their way through the Texas Legislature. One of them, the La Salle MUD in northern San Marcos, would build out at 7,000 homes over the next decade, according to its developers’ projections.
Sponsored by State Sen Judith Zaffirini and Campbell, the La Salle MUD — actually four separate MUDs stretching nearly from Interstate 35 to Texas 21 — were approved on by the Senate on Friday and are awaiting action by the House. State Rep. Jason Isaac’s companion bills have cleared the Special Purposes Districts committee and are presumably headed for a vote by the full House.Email | Print