Thursday, June 27, 2013

Neighbor to Neighbor News June 24, 2013

Neighbor to Neighbor News                    
June 24, 2013
Hill Country News
Hays County Neighbors are outraged over sports complex lighting
"Remember that Hays County has very limited authorities on private property in unincorporated areas,” County Commissioner Ray Whisenant said. “Henly's night sky is usually a pitch black canvas, with only the moon and stars exposed. Neighbors like Cindy Cassidy say the sports complex has taken that from them.”  Read the full story from YNN. More about protecting the Hill Country Night Sky here.

Landowners win lawsuit challenging golf course development next to Jacob’s Well
District Judge Dwight L. Peschel ruled today in Hays County District Court that Wimberley Valley Watershed Association and local landowners were wrongly denied their right to a contested case hearing on a groundwater pumping permit for a golf course next to Jacob’s Well in Wimberley, Texas. Read more from WVWA.

Public Meeting set regarding Cement Plant, June 27th
Citizens in Comal County have valid concerns regarding a proposed cement plant in Spring Branch. Because counties have little oversight in unincorporated areas, landowners must make their case before TCEQ. A public meeting has been set for June 27th at 7 pm in New Braunfels.  Read more from the local neighbors and landowners who are encouraging participation.

AIA Presents 3rd Annual Sustainable Urban Development Luncheon, August 1st in San Antonio
Featuring Edward Mazria, Founder and CEO, Architecture 2030, a non-partisan, non-profit research organization developing planning, policy, and design solutions for low-carbon, resilient built environments worldwide. Details

Anti-Scenic Bills Die
Texas cities will continue to determine how their cities look because your voices were heard! Three proposed bills that would have done permanent damage to our urban landscapes and overridden city ordinances were halted at the State Capitol. Read more from Scenic Texas.

Billboard bill goes unfiled
A proposed bill aimed at fighting billboard blight in Comal County went nowhere in the Legislature. State Rep. Doug Miller, R-New Braunfels, said he and state Sen. Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels, who were asked to sponsor the bill, thought the measure conflicted with the rights of property owners. Read More

2013 Rainwater Revival - Sponsors and Vendors welcome
Would you like to be a sponsor or vendor for the 4th Annual Rainwater Revival?  Visit to download your application!

Upcoming Events

June 24 in Kerrville - Hill Country Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist Monthly Meeting - Drought: Past, Present and Future - Free and open to the public - Details

June 26 in Austin - TCEQ Stakeholder Meeting on LCRA Water Management Plan - Details

August 1 in San Antonio - AIA Presents 3rd Annual Sustainable Urban Development Luncheon - Details
August 20 in San Antonio - Sierra Club meeting, "The Inner Workings of the Edwards Aquifer" - Details

August 22-29 in San Marcos - 2013 Texas Groundwater Summit - Details

September 27-29 in Fredericksburg - 13th Annual Renewable Energy Roundup & Green Living Fair - Details

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