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Care in crisis Care in crisis COVID-19 is impacting requests for help at Integral Care, the mental health authority for Travis County. The following graph compares data from March-July of 2019 and 2020 .

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Lake Travis ISD community members attend the Aug. 19 meeting. (Amy Rae Dadamo/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Community at odds over reopening schools For more than 20 years, Carol Creel has served in Lake Travis ISD as a French teacher, tennis coach and mother. As she put it, her family has “lived and breathed” LTISD culture. However, for the rst time in two decades, Creel said she feels like her community has let her down. and social distancing, and now we’re asked to go into the trenches in the classrooms where social distancing is impossible,” Creel said. Of the 177 LTISD teachers who requested to work remotely, Superintendent Paul Norton said approximately 70 had legitimate health concerns. LTISD did not indicate how many overall requests were approved, but Norton conrmed the district is continuously working to nd a solution. BY AMY RAE DADAMO

Nicole Warren, the practice manager for Integral Care’s crisis helpline, said during the initial onset of COVID-19, there was no uptick in calls to the mental health authority for Travis County. “The slow rise in calls could be attributed to an ini- tial shock, trying to get through the day and hoping we would move past things quickly,” she said. “This can be common for a community during a disaster response.” However, as COVID-19’s impact enters its sixth month, local mental health professionals said there have been a higher number of calls over the summer compared to the same time last year. “We seem to be getting new people calling that hadn’t called before,” Warren said. CONTINUED ON 40

During an Aug. 19 boardmeeting, Creel spoke on behalf of more than 30 teachers who were denied the option to teach remotely for the 2020-21 school year. Her husband, a kidney cancer survivor, is at a higher risk of suering serious complications should he contract the coronavirus. “We as teachers have been sheltering in place

“The issue with it is, at the end of the day, it’s all driven by student requests,” Norton said during a special called Aug. 31 meeting. CONTINUED ON 36

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4 International School of Texas , a nonprot independent private school, was scheduled to open for in-person classes Sept. 8, after this edition went to press, in the Bee Cave area. The school is located at 15506 Hwy. 71. The Interna- tional Baccalaureate World School serves children from pre-kindergarten through middle school. This will be the business’s second location, with the rst in Hudson Bend. 512-351-3403. www.internationalschooloftexas.com 5 Lakeway Aquatic Physical Therapy resumed aquatic therapy at its Bee Cave clinic July 21 at 15506 W. Hwy. 71, Bee Cave. The clinic, located in the Nitro Swimming Center, was temporarily closed due to coronavirus restrictions but has reopened under state and local health 6 Local Nonprot organization Ladies of Charity opened its new Lake Travis Thrift Shop location Sept. 2 at 440 Medical Parkway, Lakeway. The nonprot group previously rented a space located at 1508 S. RM 620, Lakeway, prior to constructing the new 12,000-square-foot shop. 512-263-0614. www.laketravisthrift.com 7 Following coronavirus closures, Mov- iehouse & Eatery reopened its location in July at The Trails at 620 at 8300 N. RM 620, Bldg. B, Austin. The theater will be showing a selection of previously released movies that are listed on the location’s website. Guests will notice several safety precautions in place, including face coverings and socially distanced seating. 512-428-6071. www.sites.themoviehouse.com guidelines. 512-261-9441. www.lakewayaquatics.com

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2 Central Texas Pain Center , an inter- ventional pain management practice, opened a new clinic Aug. 3 at 15801 W. Hwy. 71, Bldg. 1, Ste. 200, Bee Cave. The clinic will be led by Dr. Derrick Wansom, who will focus on providing care to pa- tients from Bee Cave to the Bastrop area, according to a press release. Wanson ad- vocates for patient participation and will utilize minimally invasive interventions, targeted medical therapies and more to treat both acute and chronic pain. 855-876-7246. www.psadocs.com

NOWOPEN 1 Central Texas’ largest group of retina specialists, Austin Retina Associates , opened its 18th location Sept. 8 at 2501 S. RM 620, Ste. 130, Lakeway. Austin Ret- ina Associates has been serving Texas for more than 40 years and provides care for several conditions, including diabetic eye disease, macular degeneration, retinal holes and other retinal care. 512-451-0103. www.austinretina.com

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8 Springhill Suites by Marriott opened in August within the Lakeway Medical Campus at 322 Medical Parkway, Lake- way. The hotel includes amenities, such as a pool, a tness center and free break- fast. 512-599-4434. www.marriott.com 9 Sonesta Bee Cave Austin Hotel reopened to the public Aug. 5 following a temporary closure that began in June, according to The PR Boutique, a public relations rm representing the hotel. The Sonesta, located at 12525 Bee Cave Park- way, Bee Cave, has implemented safety precautions and social distancing guide- lines amid the reopening. Face coverings will be required in all indoor public areas. 512-483-5900. www.sonesta.com COMING SOON 10 Los Angeles-based Dog Haus is scheduled to open in late September at 7701 N. RM 620, Austin, and will be the rst of ve upcoming Austin locations. The restaurant—focused on gourmet hot dogs, sausages and craft beer—is owned by spouses Frank and Cathy Zoella. 512-344-9481. www.doghaus.com 11 Spicewood will see the addition of a new brewery, Front Yard Brewing , in October, depending on conditions surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. The craft brewery at 4514 Bob Wire Road, Spicewood, will sit on nearly 9 acres of land and will feature re pits, pickleball courts and a seating area designed with articial turf. Front Yard Brewing will also feature an on-site farm-to-table food truck, according to co-owner Chad Worner. Upon opening, Worner said he

hopes the brewery can act as a daily destination for friends and families that want to spend time with one another and unplug. Though the company is antic- ipating opening in the fall, customers may be able to enjoy beer to-go prior to the ocial opening date. 512-772-2600.

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FEATURED IMPACT NOWOPEN A newly launched nonprot organization, Lake Travis Spay & Neuter Advocacy Program , or LT SNAP, is working to address dog and cat overpopulation in the Lake Travis region. Founders Rochelle and Phil Storin began this initiative in July by connecting the community to low-cost spay and neuter services, according to a press release from LT SNAP. Through a partnership with Wags Hope & Healing, a Hudson Bend-based animal rescue, IN THE NEWS 15 Hill Country Galleria at 12700 Hill Country Boulevard, Bee Cave received recognition from the retail industry pub- lication “Chain Store Age” for creating a safe environment for guests following COVID-19 closures, according to a press release. The galleria was one of 10 prop- erties and the only located in Texas to be recognized as a 2020 Top Comeback

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LT SNAP oers monthly transportation services to PetPALS, a spay and neuter clinic located in nearby Marble Falls. The service is available for pet owners living within Lake Travis ISD boundaries for a fee of $30 not including the $95 required for the veterinary procedure, which according to the release can increase a pet’s lifespan. LT SNAP will meet pet owners at Lake Travis United Methodist Church and accompany the owner’s dog or cat to the procedure. 512-971-4676. www.laketravissnap.com ing Arts School, or T-PAS, will act as a small, arts-based learning program that will meet two days per week. Students can participate in their district’s remote learning program and take two per- forming arts classes per day from the TexARTS’ studios, which will adhere to strict COVID-19 protocols. 512-852-9079. www.tex-arts.org CLOSINGS 17 Napa Flats Wood-Fired Kitchen closed its location Aug. 1 at 8300 N. RM 620, Austin. The California-inuenced Italian restaurant opened in the Austin area ve years ago and oered wood-red pizza and other dishes. www.napaats.com

12 Austin Gastroenterology is celebrat- ing 20 years of service in the Central Texas community in August. The company has 16 clinic locations, two infusion centers and three endoscopy centers in the Greater Austin area, including one in Bee Cave at 3944 S. RM 620, Ste. 202, Bee Cave. 512-279-2000. www.austingastro.com 13 Founded in 1950, the San Anto- nio-based fast-food chain Whataburger celebrated 70 years of business Aug. 8, according to an Aug. 4 release from the company. The restaurant chain has more than 830 locations, including one at 2011 S. RM 620, Lakeway. 512-263-8723. www.whatabuger.com NEWOWNERSHIP 14 The Texas-based company Sewell Automotive Companies opened its rst dealership in the Greater Austin area July 31 at 13910 N. RM 620, Austin. The family-owned company acquired Jaguar Land Rover North Austin, which opened in March under the company Park Place Dealerships. The newly constructed 70,000-square-foot dealership features a glass-enclosed showroom, a three-lane service drive, a service shop and more. 737-255-4100. www.sewell.com

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SITE WORK BEGINS Surveying started in late August at the Lakewood Drive/ Spicewood Springs Road intersections and the RM 2222/ Courtyard Drive intersections.

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traffic from the right side to the left side of the roadway, making it easier for drivers to make left turns and for through traffic to travel through the intersection. Located a half mile south of the RM 2222 intersection, the Courtyard Drive intersection will see the removal of signals at the intersection that will be replaced with an underpass. The additions of a shared-use path and sidewalks will also accommodate bicyclists and pedestrians. Lakewood Drive/Spicewood Springs Road According to TxDOT, the project includes removing traffic signals at the Lakewood Drive, Spicewood Springs Road West and Spicewood Springs Road East/Bluffstone Drive intersections. Overpasses and U-turns will be added for Loop 360 traffic over the Lakewood Drive and Spicewood Springs Road/Bluffstone Drive intersections. Shared-use paths and sidewalks will also be added for bicyclists and pedestrians. Construction at Lakewood is expected to begin in early 2023. Spicewood Springs construction is scheduled to start in mid-2025, according to TxDOT.

Survey work for the Loop 360 project on intersections between Courtyard Drive and Spicewood Springs Road has begun, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. Surveying started in late August at the Lakewood Drive/Spicewood Springs Road intersections and the RM 2222/Courtyard Drive intersections. Work should not affect traffic, although crews will occasionally be using heavy equipment, according to TxDOT. Loop 360 is a major transportation corridor for residents of West Austin, according to TxDOT. The 14-mile road runs from US 290/Hwy. 71 on the south end to US 183 to the north. The Loop 360 project, costing $250 million, aims to improve traffic flow and safety along the corridor by improving nine intersections. Construction is scheduled to start in 2022 and will take two to three years at each intersection. RM 2222/Courtyard Drive The project aims to improve traffic flow through the RM 2222 intersection by constructing a new diverging diamond intersection, or DDI. According to TxDOT, DDIs improve the flow of through traffic moving through the intersection by shifting

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Lakewood had a last-minute design change in 2019 when, after community feedback objected to the proposed removal of an established oak tree, the intersection project was moved 50 feet east to accommodate the tree. Construction for each intersection is scheduled to take three years.

RM620 safety improvements project officially underway in Lakeway

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Montagna Circle. The project costs $378,218 and will be fully funded by the Texas Depart- ment of Transportation, according to TxDOT spokesperson BradleyWheelis. “This has been long-awaited,” Cox said during the broadcast. Cox said construction should take three weeks, but Wheelis said the project may take up to two months due to COVID-19 precautions. Lakeway City Council voted to

approve the transportation project in December with the goal of completing the improvements prior to the massive RM 620 widening project, which will increase the road from four to six lanes. Work will predominantly occur during overnight hours from 9 p.m.-5 a.m. and may require lane closures and detours, Cox said, emphasizing cautious driving during these times. Portable message signs will also be placed on-site to guide vehicles.

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COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER • COMMUNITYIMPACT.COM

DEVELOPMENTUPDATES $35 million of construction completed at Vandegrift HS

Residential & commercial projects

Lakeway begins annual residential paving projects on 29 city streets

BY BRIAN PERDUE

BY BRIAN PERDUE

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students and staff in the VHS agricultural program to raise their show animals in a much closer proximity to VHS. The construction was funded by the $454.4 million school bond approved in 2017 by LISD voters.

Starting Sept. 8, private paving crews will fan out across the city to complete 29 residential paving projects. Lakeway City Council voted Aug. 3 to award a $526,369.50 contract to Bennett Paving Inc., a Leander-based company, to conduct paving and other overlay improvements, according to documents from an Aug. 3 City Council meeting. Paving is scheduled to be com- pleted within 28 calendar days, according to city spokesperson Jarrod Wise and city documents. Residents will be notified by the contractor at least two days before a street’s paving begins, Wise said. The contract calls for the removal and replacement of asphalt to a depth of 5 inches. City officials choose streets for the annual paving program based on data in the city’s pavement man- agement study that was updated in 2018. Bennett Paving was the lowest out of four bidders and came in below the budgeted $600,000 for the project, according to city staff. Wise said the project will be paid for by road tax funds in the city’s current budget. Texas Materials, Alpha Paving Industries and Lone Star Paving also submitted bids before the July 24 deadline, according to city documents. One hundred percent of each of the 29 streets will be paved, according to city maps.

Additional classroom space and a new agricultural center are the key features of a busy summer of construction at Vandegrift High School. Classroom additions, incubator renovation and security upgrades are complete and staff moved in Sept. 2, according to Leander ISD. The $31,245,385 project added 60,000 square feet of classroom space to help relieve overcrowding. A new agricultural center was completed in August. The $3,768,160 project will allow

STRE ET S

These city of Lakeway streets are scheduled to receive paving and other overlay upgrades:

• 309 Sunfish • Blue Lake Court • Cedar Rock Court • Cosaire Cove • Deck Cove • Deerfield Cove • Deerhorn Court • Duck Lake Court • El Dorado (south) • Fallbrook Court • Gannet Cove • Hayden Ridge Lane • Highlander Cove • Kerry Court • Los Altos Drive • Morning Cloud Cove • Nakoma Drive • Porpoise Street • Royal Oak Cove • Saltillo Court • Scamper Cove • Seashell Street • Show Low Court • Timpanagos Drive • Twin Hills Court • Vixen Court • Wee Scott Court • Yacht Cove • Zephyr Street

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RIVER PLACE BLVD.

City approves gas station on Hwy. 71

BY BRIAN PERDUE

BY THE NUMBERS No vehicle access will be available directly onto Hwy. 71, according to site plans. The prop- erty can be accessed from existing drives on one side and the back of the lot.

Bee Cave City Council on Aug. 25 approved permits for the construc- tion of a new gas and convenience station. The developer, National Site Solutions Inc., intends to build a Kwik Chek station on 2.48 acres at 15701 W. Hwy. 71 in the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction, or ETJ. The store plans to operate from 6 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. In addition to 16 self-serve fuel pumps, the store will operate a hot deli offering breakfast, lunch and dinner options. A 20-foot-wide easement will be provided along the front of the property for a future hike and bike trail, according to the developer.

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DEVELOPMENT UPDATES 70townhomes coming toFourPointsarea Project was delayed by 6months due to golden-cheekedwarbler

BY BRIAN PERDUE

This rendering shows what The Heights at Vista Parke, a 70-townhome development, should look like when construction concludes in spring 2021. (Courtesy Ash Creek Homes)

New townhomes with a view—and a short walk to a Leander ISD elementary school—are coming to Four Points in 2021. After a seven-month delay, construction began earlier this month on the Heights at Vista Parke, a new townhome development at 12001 Vista Parke Drive in Austin. Located 1 mile north of the RM 620 and RM 2222 intersection, the 70-unit development is bordered on three sides by the Balcones Canyonland Preserve. Across the street lies Grandview Hills Elementary School. Construction was originally scheduled to begin in March but was delayed to accommodate the nesting season of the golden-cheeked warbler. During the spring and summer, the endangered and federally protected bird builds nests, lays eggs and raises hatchlings in the BCP and surrounding area. The species winters in Mexico and Central America.

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According to Jenna Edge, the president of Ash Creek Homes, the townhomes will be built in four- and six-unit buildings. The townhomes, which will start in the low $300,000s, will feature two-bedroom oor plans with either 2 or 2.5 bathrooms. The 1,500- to 1,800-square-foot townhomes will have enclosed garages, fenced courtyards, covered balconies or patios, and modern interiors. Community amenities will include a pool, re pits, nature trails, a dog park and dog-washing station, according to the Ash Creek Homes website. Interested parties may pay a refundable $100 deposit online to join an email list to be among the rst to get details on oor plans, renderings and sales, which are scheduled to begin in 2021. The townhomes will be ready for move-in in April or

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May 2021, according to Edge. A future groundbreaking ceremony is planned. “We will do a groundbreaking ceremony a little further along in the construction process,” Cathy Hale, the marketing director of Ash Creek Homes, said in an Aug. 31 email.

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DEVELOPMENT UPDATES BeeCaveanddeveloper continue talks tobuild20-home tract inETJ

CAS SANDRA PROPERTY

Cassandra Interests Ltd. has proposed to build 20 single-family homes near Little Barton Creek.

UPLANDS RIDGE DR.

BY BRIAN PERDUE

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The city of Bee Cave has agreed to develop a consent agreement with a developer wishing to build 20 sin- gle-family homes. The proposed 25-acre development is within an undeveloped 126-acre tract southeast of the Shops at the Galleria and north of Spanish Oaks and within the city’s extra-territorial jurisdiction, or ETJ. Little Barton Creek and several tributaries wind through the property. The developer, Cassandra Interests Ltd., is asking permission to build closer to waterways than currently allowed and to receive waivers to certain road construction rules. The Little Barton Creek water quality buffer zone requirement, adopted in 2000 as part of a larger pollution control ordinance, requires a 300-foot buffer between development and the edge of the peak two-year flood level. The developer is asking that buffer be

reduced to 100 feet from the center of the creek for this development. Cassandra Interests is also request- ing relief from three street subdivi- sion codes. Bee Cave voted 5-0 on Aug. 11 to negotiate a consent agreement with Cassandra Interests. Cities often enter into a consent agreement with a developer in order to attempt to find a compromise between a developer’s plans and the city’s regulations, according to City Manager Clint Garza. Cassandra Interests initially filed a letter asking that the property be eligi- ble for vested rights, or be developed based on earlier, and less stringent, development rules. Garza denied the original letter and appeal, prompting City Council to overturn the finding of denial and enter into the agreement. In 1999, the property was included

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Approximate location of Cassandra Interests property Approximate location of proposed homes

SOURCE: CITY OF BEE CAVE/COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER • a street with a cul-de-sac shall not be longer than 600 feet. According to the developer, one cul-de-sac street is 849 feet • there be at least 80 feet of property on a public street to build a subdivision entrance. The developer said topography makes this impossible. • the length of any block or street be 500 to 2,000 feet. According to the developer, one of the street lengths is 2,396 feet. SUBDIVISION CODE REQUESTS In addition to water buffer zone requirements, Cassandra Interests is also seeking relief from three street subdivision codes that state:

in the CCNG Development agreement, or Spanish Oaks agreement, and contained a larger design plan. CCNG’s development agree- ment with the city expired in 2014, before any plans for devel- opment had been filed with the city, according to Megan Will, the city’s director of planning and development.

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ONLINE SURVEY Here are takeaways from Rollingwood’s online survey from July that is being used to help craft the city’s rst-ever comprehensive plan. Length of residency in Rollingwood

GOVERNMENT Rollingwood extends timeline on rst comprehensive plan in city’s history BY BRIAN PERDUE Planned completion date moved from September

Over 10 years: 57% 5-10 years: 19% Less than 5 years: 24%

Frequency of visiting Bee CaveRoad

Twice a week: 43.2% Once a week: 21.2% Every day: 11.4%

two-story development projection in Scenario “A” to a four-story, mixed-use option in Scenario “C.” The latter scenario generated concern to the degree that a citizens’ group, Save Rollingwood (www.saverollingwood. com), was created to resist large-scale development along Bee Cave Road. At the Aug. 26 meeting, Dyson and council members stated that the larger, mixed-use scenarios were not being considered—nor were they requested. The process began in October 2019 when the Planning and Zoning Commis- sion requested that it have a plan to help guide its decisions about future develop- ment, according to Lewis. On May 20, City Council voted to pay Pegasus Planning and Development $60,000 to facilitate the plan’s creation. Council will continue discussion of the plan at its next meeting Sept. 16.

Rarely: 9.5% Every other week: 8.3% Once a month: 6.4%

The city of Rollingwood—in the process of creating its rst-ever comprehensive plan—has pushed back its completion date from September, according to City Administrator Amber Lewis. “We do not have a set timeline for this,” Mayor Mike Dyson said at the Aug. 26 City Council meeting. “Our point is to get it right whether it takes us a week or a year.” A comprehensive plan is a “road map” for future development within a city and provides recommendations on what can— and cannot—be built. Comprehensive plans can greatly aect residential and commercial property values. Originally scheduled to be completed this month, the comprehensive plan process hit a snag after three scenarios for future development along Bee Cave Road were unveiled at a July 28 workshop. They ranged from a more conservative,

Commercial corridor improvement priorities Safer pedestrian crossings at Bee Cave Road

City’s most pressing issues

Drainage

50%

Residential overdevelopment

More businesses for local residents Create a more pedestrian-friendly city 62% 61%

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Increased trac 32% Poor infrastructure

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Streetscape improvements

Government communication

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