Lake Dunlap Update

As REALTORS, it is important to use to advocate for the rights of our clients and this includes being in the know on local matters. The dam failure has been a hot topic and we are working together to understand options for those dealing with property concerns after the failures. Call us if you have questions. Here is an update below:

There’s hope for our lake! A plan has been put together by several people including our local lawmakers, not just a select few people. Here’s a viable plan to return Lake Dunlap.

Read below for details and get involved if you can.

If you have ideas or questions, get with a PLDA board member or your representatives who helped craft the plan.

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UPDATE FROM PLDA

Lake Dunlap Restoral Proposal
June 20, 2019

The Preserve Lake Dunlap Association (plda.org), in collaboration with local government agencies and local political leaders, has been working to locate funds that can be allocated to repairing our dam since the day the dam broke on May 14, 2019. Unfortunately, to date, all the many avenues that these groups have pursued in the search for help — at the federal, state, and local levels, including the legislature, FEMA, local government, disaster and economic relief and more — have turned out to be dead ends for a variety of reasons related to the special nature of this dam and its particular form of demise.

The consensus is that the possibilities for government aid will likely diminish even further as the dam failure moves from the public’s recent memory. At this point there seems to be no where we can turn.

Thanks to the hard work of our local state representatives, State Senator Donna Campbell and State Representative John Kuempel, as well as Guadalupe County Judge, Kyle Kutscher, along with the PLDA board, there is at last some good news.

A plan for the waterfront property owners to take over control of the dam via the creation of a water district has been proposed, and was shared last night with members in attendance at the PLDA monthly board meeting. Essentially, this plan has the lakefront owners, as the ones most affected by this, to now step up and fix it ourselves. The goals of the plan are straightforward:

1. To restore and preserve the value of the waterfront property along the shores of Lake Dunlap.
2. To restore the economic viability of businesses that support recreation on Lake Dunlap.
3. To ensure that the dam is repaired in a way that preserves the legacy of Lake Dunlap for our families and future property owners for generations to come.

The fact is that unless we come together with one mind, determined to create a solution where none currently exists, the lake is going to stay the way it is, and in time, few will remember the quality of life we enjoyed here. This proposal is currently the only viable solution on the table anywhere, and it gives the lakefront property owners a direct say in the operation and maintenance of the dam.

The essence of the plan is to create a water district under the authority of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). You can learn more about water boards and what they do at https://www.tceq.texas.gov/waterdistricts. The entities creating the district would be the PLDA, the GBRA, and Guadalupe County, but the district would be under the control of the lake front property owners via a board of directors. The district would actually own the dam, which the GBRA has offered to transfer to the district for one dollar.

It is too soon in the process to know the final numbers, but our initial plans indicate that an assessment of $6-8 a linear foot of lakefront per year for 30 years would do the job, and then of course the assessments would drop considerably. To help keep the assessments low, our partners, the GBRA and Guadalupe County would make significant investments as well.

There is still a great deal of work to be done, and currently this is just a proposal, but the PLDA Board endorsed it last night in their meeting. More than 100 members of the PLDA were in attendance, as well as the PLDA board.

As soon as the details are hammered out, and we have formal commitments from the partners, we will plan another public meeting for the lakefront property owners to present the plan, answer the many questions we know will need to be addressed, and to continue to preserve the transparency we have been encouraging throughout these challenging times.

Please continue to look to the PLDA as the best source for news as this proposal makes it way forward in the coming days and weeks.

Thank you for supporting PLDA,

J Harmon
President

jrharmon123@yahoo.com

We advocate for you!

Does your REALTOR advocate for you? At Corner Post Real Estate, our clients are always our top priority. This means staying current on any events that could impact private property rights. From taxes to the GBRA Lake Dunlap dam collapse and more. We have attended meetings and are part of a group hoping to help brainstorm to get our lakes back. Call us today if you have any questions. Click the link below to visit the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority webpage for additional information.

https://www.gbra.org/news/default.aspx

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Lake McQueeney Ski Bees

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Shows are scheduled for:
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Stopping forced annexation in Texas counties

REALTORS® are engaged in grassroots campaigns to stop forced annexation.

Annexation in Texas

Texas is one of the few states that allow municipalities to expand their boundaries through forced annexation. This means a city or town that is not in a Tier 2 county can incorporate land into its limits now without the approval of the affected residents.

Annexation has pros and cons for affected residents: they may have access to city services, such as utilities and law enforcement, but they will also be subject to the new city taxes and land use regulations. Texas REALTORS® believes this decision should be left up to the affected residents.

November Voters Spoke Loud and Clear

Visit stopforcedannexation.com to learn more about these campaigns.

Texas REALTORS® successfully engaged in Vote For Tier 2 campaigns on the Nov. 6, 2018, ballot in six counties last year (Atascosa, Parker, Palo Pinto, Wise, Johnson, and Freestone), ending the ability for municipalities in these counties to annex property without voter approval.

This outcome is a clear indication that Texans believe the decision on whether an area may be annexed is best left to the affected property owners.

At the Texas Capitol

During REALTOR® Day at the Texas Capitol on March 26, close to 3,000 REALTORS® met with lawmakers to encourage their support of legislation that ends forced annexation statewide.

Texas REALTORS® continue to advocate for private-property rights and the Texas real estate industry throughout the legislative session and beyond. 

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Hydro Dam Repair Update

GBRA is continuing the repairs on the McQueeney Dam on Lake McQueeney, Nolte Dam on Meadow Lake, H4 Dam on Lake Gonzales, and the TP-4 Dam on Lake Placid.

They currently anticipate repairs to continue through the Fall of 2019 with the lake elevations impacted through the recreational season. Recent heavy rains delayed the work and flood releases from Canyon Dam identified additional needed repairs.

If you are interested in buying or selling waterfront property now is the time! As the weather warms up we have more and more calls about waterfront homes and land. Give us a call today for a free market analysis of your property!