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UPDATE: Board of Adjustments added as alternates to Planning & Zoning Commission - Updated B3 Code
On Tuesday, November 12, 2019, City Council unanimously voted to adopt the Bastrop Building Block (B3) Code, Technical Manual and Pattern Book.
View the Interactive Character District and Place Type Map to see the Character Districts, LCRA Overlay and the like-to-like zoning translations to Place Types for the new code.
Building Bastrop is a City of Bastrop initiative to guide responsible development that honors our authentic past and prepares for our sustainable future.
We live in a beautiful city with an irreplaceable community. The secret is out. Bastrop is a great place to live and work, and more and more people have come to that conclusion and want to move here. We are 9,000 strong but are we are also, quite literally, bursting at the seams. Flooding has been more pronounced, our infrastructure is aging, traffic is increasing, and development – while following regulations that were in place – wasn't indicative of a fiscally responsible or sustainable city.
Bastrop isn’t unique; many vulnerable cities throughout Texas and the U.S. are confronting similar issues as a result of decades-old policies and land-use regulations. The difference, however, is that Bastrop chose to do something about it. The City of Bastrop chose to control growth rather than letting growth control us. We chose to roll up our sleeves and begin Building Bastrop in a manner that will ensure a sustainable future.
Taking a holistic approach, Building Bastrop was launched in August 2018 to create a new set of tools that will support the community in a responsible manner for generations to come by improving development, helping the City continue to invest in the infrastructure Bastrop needs, and providing the services our residents deserve.
Over the course of 15 months, City staff and the consultant team diligently worked to craft new land-use regulations to preserve and promote what the community loves about Bastrop today and what residents want to see moving forward. On November 12, 2019, City Council unanimously voted to adopt the Bastrop Building Block (B3) Code.
We’re excited to complete this journey with the adoption of policy that matches the heart and soul of this city.
Building Bastrop Timeline
On August 14, 2018, the Bastrop City Council initiated a temporary moratorium on new development that would be detrimental to our community based on current land-use regulations and kicked off the Building Bastrop initiative. The City expanded its planning team to include Simplecity Design, who completed an in-depth analysis of Downtown Bastrop’s DNA and how it functions as a complete neighborhood as well as conducting an extensive evaluation of Bastrop’s current development codes.
We held two Community Open Houses and three Community Tours over the course of September and October 2018, as well as multiple developer meetings and a Developer Open House, to provide opportunities for questions and feedback as we discussed what the future of Bastrop development could look like.
We held a Design Rodeo on November 29 and 30, 2018 where our team, along with key stakeholders and the general public, worked on designing the city to code. We then hosted a Code Rodeo on December 13 and 14, 2018 where we began to code the city we designed. Both events included multiple opportunities for the community to see examples of what Bastrop’s updated building codes could look like while having a chance to ask questions, provide feedback, and more.
On February 26, 2019, City Council adopted a policy statement to ensure clarity and consistency for all revisions and additions to the City's land-use regulations. The City also hosted a Transportation and Drainage Rodeo on April 10, 2019, providing an opportunity for the community to share input on the City's thoroughfare plan and drainage standards, and a Code Update Rodeo on May 9, 2019 to preview elements of the new draft code.
Originally set for 90 days, the temporary moratorium on new development was extended to ensure the City would be able to deliver updated land-use regulations that are informed by our geography and reflect what we already know works. Effective as of May 14, 2019, City Council repealed the temporary moratorium on new development (Emergency Ordinance 2018-1) and the emergency ordinance implementing temporary drainage standards for permit applications (Emergency Ordinance 2018-2). In their place, Council voted to adopt an Enhanced Permit Review process to be implemented on an interim basis until the City’s new building, construction and land-use regulations were completed, along with an updated Stormwater Drainage Design Manual.
The first draft of the B3 Code was released for public review and comment on May 24, 2019. The City then hosted a Pop-Up Street Project in downtown Bastrop on June 8, 2019, highlighting what future development could look like based on the proposed land-use regulations, as well as a Community Open House on June 26, 2019.
An in-depth review of the draft technical manual was held on August 22, 2019, and a B3 Code Open House was held on September 19, 2019. Additionally, a Development Community Input Meeting was held on October 10, 2019 to discuss the adoption of the 2018 International Building Codes.
The final Bastrop Building Block (B3) Code was adopted by City Council on November 12, 2019.
Frequently Asked Questions >
Building Bastrop is an initiative the City is undertaking to guide responsible development that honors our authentic past and prepares for our sustainable future.
On August 14, 2018, the Bastrop City Council initiated a temporary moratorium on new development that would be detrimental to our community based on current land-use regulations. Originally set for 90 days, the moratorium was extended to run through May 21, 2019, to ensure we are able to deliver updated land-use regulations that are informed by our geography and reflect what we already know works.
Taking a comprehensive approach, Building Bastrop was launched to create a new set of tools that will support the community in a responsible manner for generations to come, including the complete reform of Bastrop’s Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances. This effort will simultaneously promote new development that is in line with what we know and love about Bastrop. It is completely aligned with the City of Bastrop’s comprehensive plan.
Drainage and stormwater planning is one of the most critical elements to building a resilient city and ensuring new development doesn’t negatively impact the existing population or environment. This effort will allow us to develop appropriate systems to prevent small area flooding in the future.
Beyond drainage, we also have the opportunity to take a holistic approach to create geographically-sensitive development standards and improve our infrastructure to address the city’s long-term needs. By stepping back to assess the city’s needs, we will make appropriate changes to all our land-use regulations to ensure Bastrop is fiscally sustainable moving forward.
Bastrop has a unique ecology with many geographies meeting in one place – the piney woods, the coastal plains, the hill country and more – that makes it imperative to create regulations that ensure development respects these differing ecological challenges.
In recent decades, the technology did not exist to analyze the land in an effective way and understand the full extent of how development impacts the environment. City Council held a special workshop on February 20, 2018, to study Bastrop’s drainage patterns alongside new FEMA data and updated floodplain maps.
Now that we have the technology and data we need, we plan to analyze our natural land patterns and the DNA of Bastrop to create a new set of tools that will support the community in a responsible manner for generations to come.
Creating and updating policy is the responsible next step based on the strategy we’ve already started to implement. This effort is in line with the City’s comprehensive plan.
Building Bastrop will improve development in this community and yield new opportunities for a sustainable future. It will help the City continue to invest in the infrastructure Bastrop needs and provide the services our residents deserve.
We have the benefit of knowing what is and has been successful for our community; we simply need to ensure our land-use regulations are informed by our geography and reflect what we already know works.
Our downtown is the perfect example of what we want to replicate: timeless buildings and forms that pay for themselves and can turnover for multiple uses such as shops, restaurants, banks, offices and more.
We want to promote responsible, sustainable growth that combines the heritage of Bastrop with modern amenities that benefit everyone.
Bastrop is pro-development. We see this moratorium as an opportunity to protect our city and to create a roadmap for responsible development that honors our authentic past and prepares for our sustainable future.
We’ll use our natural geography and the various land-use patterns already in play to create a new set of tools that will preserve authentic Bastrop. These policies will promote geographically-sensitive developments with a variety of housing options, walkable and unique neighborhoods and a diversity of commercial, retail and modern services and amenities.
We know there will be project-level questions, and our staff is available to meet with developers one-on-one to discuss specific projects. Contact information for the Planning and Development Department can be found at www.cityofbastrop.org/page/plan.home. There will be some qualified exemptions and exceptions, but we will work through that process as defined by the approved ordinances.
The following steps must be completed to apply for an Exception:
The following steps must be completed to apply for an Exemption:
1. Applicant must request a Pre-Submission Meeting with the Directors (or their designees) of Planning, Engineering, and Public Works using the Pre-Submission Meeting Request Form.
2. Applicant must meet with the Directors at the scheduled time.
3. Applicant must complete the Submittal Package*, which includes: Application Form and associated Checklist Items. Package might require execution of negotiated agreements or enactment of additional ordinances.
4. Staff will review the Submittal Package, with comments issued as needed.
5. The application will be taken up at the next City Council meeting and approved or denied by Resolution or Ordinance:
No. City Council has revised the ordinance to clarify that trade permits are not affected by the temporary moratorium because they do not impact drainage. Our focus is on making appropriate changes to our land-use regulations to ensure new development doesn’t negatively impact the existing population or environment.
Anyone seeking a trade permit for projects such as roofing, plumbing, or HVAC repair should follow the standard trade permit application process.
The first step in the process was “mapping the DNA” of Bastrop: extracting the numerical data and creating models that show what fiscally sustainable development looks like. Under Council’s direction, the City expanded its planning team to include industry experts, Simplecity Design, to lead this process. Click here to see their in-depth analysis of Downtown Bastrop’s DNA, which was presented at a community open house on October 18.
Simplecity Design also conducted an extensive evaluation of Bastrop’s current development codes, which was presented at a regular City Council meeting on October 23. It was evident from that evaluation that we need to make several changes from a regulatory standpoint to support the future development we want to see as Bastrop grows.
Next steps include drafting the potential land-use regulations for Bastrop while incorporating feedback from the community. We held a Design Rodeo on November 29 and 30, where our team along with key stakeholders and the general public worked on designing the city to code, then we hosted a Code Rodeo on December 13 and 14 where we began to code the city we designed. Both events included multiple opportunities for the community to see examples of what Bastrop’s updated building codes could look like while having a chance to ask questions, provide feedback and more.
Based on the input we heard at both Rodeos, the planning team is now in the process of taking all of this information and community input and drafting new land-use regulations to adopt moving forward.
Building Bastrop is a community effort; we want everyone to have a voice in the process. We hope that everyone who has been involved will stay involved, and we will continue to provide opportunities for every citizen to share feedback.
Everyone is encouraged to share input and questions at any time by contacting the Building Bastrop hotline at 512-588-8181 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pre-Submission Meetings Scheduled For Upcoming
Building Bastrop Policy >
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Building Bastrop Development Projects Permitted during the Moratorium >
Pecan Park Subdivision, Section 1A, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D-3E, 4, 5A, 5B, 6A, 6B
Pecan Park Subdivision, Section 1B, 2, and 7
Piney Creek Bend Section 1 and future sections
Rouseau Blakey Drainage Channel
Bastrop Grove, Section 1
Agnes Street Extension (adjacent to Bastrop Grove Sub)
Piney Ridge Section 3, Lot 3-B, 307A Laura Lane
The Colony MUD 1A, Section 1 Phases A&B
The Colony MUD 1A, Section 2 Phases A&B
The Colony MUD 1A, Section 3 Phases A&B
Bastrop Storage Facility, 501 W. SH 71, Beck, NHP, & Prokop Subdivision, Section Two, Lot 1
921 Main Street Project
Pecan Park Commercial, Block 8, Section 1
173 Mahalua Ln
1507 Chestnut St (Stem and Stone)
437/443 Union Chapel Rd
1700 Main St
120 Akala Ln
192 Shiloh Rd
291 Hoffman Rd
TBD Kohala Ln - R23880
400A Magnolia St
1515 Chestnut St
2309 Water St
2407 Pecan St
Vargas Estates Subdivision
202 W SH 71
118 Piney Ridge Rd
169 W SH 21
304 Industrial Blvd
751 Caylor Cv
201 Maynard St
747 Caylor Cv
123 Tonkawa Hills Dr
149 Mahalo Ct
110 Corporate Dr
The Colony 1B
Tahitian Village Unit 1 Block 19 Lots 1-469 and 1-470
Burleson Crossing Lots 1A and 2A
294 Shiloh Rd
414 Magnolia St
3300 E SH 21
Wilson St Properties (2400 Block of Wilson St)
Mauna Kea Lot 529
463 Kaanapali Ln
102 Bushmaster Bend
145 BJ Mayes Rd
2207 Pecan St
206 Wildcat Dr
101 Bush Cv
QuikTrip (Jackson St location)
Tahitian Dr Lot 1120
1305 Water St
1504 Farm St
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