By Anca Gagiuc
Austin, Texas—The Travis County Commissioners Court approved development plans for a 2,200-acre master-planned community off Highway 71 and Paleface Ranch Road, along the Pedernales River, natural creeks and streams, with access to Lake Travis.
Thomas Ranch will encompass approximately 3,300 homes ranging from custom to cottage houses, apartments, a marketplace of shops, entertainment venues and restaurants, a resort hotel and spa, a town square and community gardens. Furthermore, the amenity package includes an extensive network of trails for walking, jogging and hiking that will connect the areas, while the neighborhood streets will provide multiple points of entry and exit.
“This is not going to be another subdivision with a sea of residential rooftops,” Tom D’Alesandro of Blakefield LLC, lead developer of the project, said in a prepared statement. “This is a full community built to have the heart and personality of a real Hill Country town, with everything from beautiful homes and apartments at a range of prices, a resort hotel for visitors, merchants and restaurants that the region can enjoy and offices to encourage working close to home.”
According to the project’s website, the community will maintain over 700 acres as parklands and open space and will be using low-level lighting to preserve the sky views. Moreover, Thomas Ranch will be a FireWise Community, engaging future residents and adhering to policies created to protect and preserve water, property and nature.
“As Western Travis County continues to grow, it’s important we welcome developers who can provide infrastructure for thoughtfully planned communities,” Gerald Daugherty, Travis County commissioner, Precinct Three, added. “Thomas Ranch is a community that the Spicewood area will benefit from, providing economic opportunity as well as improvements to existing streets off Paleface Ranch Road.”
“We have assembled a team of visionary leaders in their fields to ensure that Thomas Ranch preserves the natural beauty of the Texas Hill Country while creating a unique Central Texas community,” announced D’Alesandro. Hart Howerton, a team of planners, architects, landscape architects and interior designers, has prepared the community masterplan. Keith Young of Doucet & Associates is working on the development’s infrastructure planning, while Dannenbaum Engineering, Sherwood Engineers, SWCA Environmental Consultants, Kimley Horn, Ten Eyke Landscape Architects and Integra Group have each advised the team in their areas of expertise.
Images courtesy of Blakefield