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Bastrop approves development moratorium exemption for HomeGoods

The Bastrop City Council on Sept. 11 approved an exemption to its existing development moratorium to allow the Planning Department to review building plans and possibly issue a building permit for a HomeGoods at the Burleson Crossing shopping center.

The HomeGoods, a discount home furnishing store, is proposed to go up at an empty pad site between Academy and Ulta.

Last month, the City Council issued an emergency 90-day development moratorium to allow officials time to examine whether the city’s development codes are effective enough in preventing adverse effects on drainage. The council also approved an emergency drainage ordinance to evaluate the potential impact of development on stormwater flow throughout the city.

The emergency drainage ordinance adds two requirements to the city’s permitting process. First, developers must have a conference with the city’s planning, engineering and public works departments before submitting a permit application to make sure the proposed project has consideration of drainage effects on neighbors and the community. Developers also will be required to include in the permit application a signed certification from an engineer licensed in Texas guaranteeing the engineer has reviewed the topographic data for the property and has made a professional determination that the project will not adversely affect stormwater drainage on that site.

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