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The TIRZ Priority Projects

In April 2017, The TIRZ board approved four priority projects: Old Fitzhugh Road, Town Center, Triangle Development and Downtown Parking. The following map depicts the location of these projects.
Project Map Overview
Please click on the tabs below for more information on individual projects. 

The Dripping Springs City Council approved the Old Fitzhugh Road Concept Plan on August 21, 2018. This plan seeks to preserve the rural character of the current street while improving traffic flow, pedestrian access and safety, and drainage issues.  It will remain a two-lane road and will complement the improvements made on Mercer Street several years ago.  The plan has an eight-foot wide walking trail on one side of the road, and the road will have curbs on one side to direct water flow into the natural drainage areas.  Above is the rendering of the plan.

Here is the link to the concept plan presentation

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Town Center Project

Wecome to the Town Center Project!

One of our most important projects is our Town Center Project.

The proposed Town Center project is located near the west end of Mercer St., utilizing land owned by the City of Dripping Springs and The Dripping Springs Independent School District. 

The Town Center provides a unique alignment of critical civic needs. The City of Dripping Springs, the Dripping Springs Independent School District, Dripping Springs Community Library and Hays County all have both short term and long critical needs for new public facilities, in order to serve the growing community.

The conceptual planning for the Town Center seeks to create a new community focal point for the town which expands civic capacities and promotes economic vitality, while building on the historic character of Dripping Springs.

You can find out a little more on our Town Center Square by visiting our special TIRZ section on the Town Center here: Town Center Project.

To view the original plan, please click the link below. Coming soon, a comprehensive look at the new Town Center. 

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The Triangle Project:

The proposed Triangle project is located near the east end of Mercer St., potentially utilizing land owned by the City of Dripping Springs and the Dripping Water Supply Corporation.

The Triangle presents some unique opportunities and constraints.  As a “gateway” to Dripping Springs adjacent to the town’s busiest intersection, its location provides great visibility and presence for potential future uses. The site is also the current home of the thriving Dripping Springs Farmer’s Market and Veteran’s Memorial Park.  In addition, important DSWS facilities and significant regional drainage features are present, and a proposed FEMA flood plain, if confirmed, would comprise a majority of the site and limit development potential.

The work for the Triangle will analyze needed drainage and transportation improvements, evaluate overall development feasibility, and create a concept plan to serve as a basis for outreach and more detailed planning by the site’s numerous Stakeholders.

Downtown Parking Project:

This project emerges from a Comprehensive Plan goal to look at expanding parking options in Downtown Dripping Springs.

This work will inventory existing parking including opportunities for shared parking after hours, and identify potential locations for new parking.

A conceptual parking plan will then be developed for review and outreach purposes with Downtown and Historic District Stakeholders.


Dripping Springs Adopts Parking Ordinance

On Tuesday, June 16, 2020, the Dripping Springs City Council adopted a new Downtown Parking Ordinance that ensures parking needs are met, but also doesn’t place an unnecessary strain on development as the City grows and attracts more visitors. Some of the key provisions of the ordinance:

  • Changes in the Use of a Building Will Not Require Additional Parking
  • Calculation for Increase Gross Floor Area
  • Optional Fee-in-Lieu when Parking Spaces Required
  • No longer allows parking special exceptions within the Mercer Street Historic District.

A press release on the new ordinance can be found here:  Parking Ordinance


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