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Posted on: July 4, 2014

City sets limits for new pool permits - UPDATED

In conjunction with its emergency order May 19 that deferred landscape installation requirements, the City of Lakeway enacted new limits on new swimming pool construction as long as the drought exists.
The city will defer issuance of new pool permits, unless an applicant can provide:
• Evidence of either a plumbing permit from the appropriate water provider or a variance from the water provider authorizing the pool to be filled by other means; or,
• Sufficient evidence that the pool can and will be filled by a water source that does not directly contribute to or draw from the Lower Colorado River Basin.
“The city is concerned that it might be issuing permits for swimming pools when it has every reason to believe that water will not be available from local sources to fill them when they are complete,” Lakeway City Manager Steve Jones said.
Jones elaborated on the city’s deferral of landscape installation requirements.
When the emergency order is lifted, those projects for which installation has been deferred will be notified and will be provided with a reasonable timeframe within which to complete landscaping installation.
“Based on the emergency order Lakeway Mayor Dave DeOme issued May 19, we ask new development and construction projects to postpone landscaping installation on a voluntary basis until the severity of the drought diminishes,” Jones said. “In the meantime, the city will require stabilization of disturbed areas through other means in order to prevent erosion and silting."
• All requirements for installation of landscaping associated with residential construction are deferred until the emergency order is lifted. A certificate of occupancy will not be withheld, dependent upon approval of a compliant landscape plan for the property. Disturbed areas shall be stabilized through the use of erosion control devices and materials as specified by Lakeway Building and Development Services.
• All requirements for installation of landscaping associated with subdivision and site development and with nonresidential and multifamily construction are deferred until the emergency order is lifted. A certificate of acceptance will not be withheld, dependent upon approval of a compliant landscape plan for the project. Disturbed areas shall be stabilized through the use of erosion control devices and materials as specified by Lakeway Building and Development Services.
For information, call Lakeway Building and Development Services at 512-314-7540.

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