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Dripping Springs Announces Changes to Land Development Code Per State Legislature


During this year’s legislative session, the Texas Legislature passed House Bill 3167, which requires cities to implement new procedures for processing land development applications.



Given the significant growth pressures that exist in the Hill Country, the City has worked to balance quality reviews with efficient approvals. With the new law, the City must shorten the time for collaborative review of applications. 

The proposed amendments will ensure shorter review periods for these processes.  These amendments require additional work by the applicant to create a complete and compliant application prior to submission and filing.  These proposed changes are especially important due to staffing and budget considerations necessitated by placing such a strict clock on development applications, regardless of the application’s size or complexity.  



The new statute becomes effective on September 1, 2019.  The ordinance amendments will be presented at the Planning and Zoning Commission on August 27, 2019, and at City Council on September 10, 2019.  There will be Public Hearings on the ordinance amendments at both meetings. 


How to Get More Information

The City is publicizing the amendments to ensure homeowners and the development community are aware of the proposed changes, as they will be the most affected.  If any resident would like to contact the City with comments or questions, please email  


Here are links to the DRAFT documents—be advised that these are working drafts (dated 8/20/19) and are expected to change before the City Council is set to adopt at their regular City Council meeting on September 10, 2019. 



Draft Site Development Ordinance 08 20 2019.pdf

Draft Subdivision Ordinance 08 20 2019.pdf


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