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Posted on: December 2, 2019

WCID NO 3A update

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A Water Control and Improvement District (WCID) is a political subdivision of the State of Texas, and is empowered to purchase, construct, operate, and maintain necessary improvements to provide water, wastewater, drainage and other services and improvements, such as roadways in areas not typically served by a municipality. Preliminary discussions between the City of Boerne and a potential developer of the Biedenharn property, BoerneBak LLC began in 2016, but were put on hold pending acquisition of a viable water supply by the development. The Texas Legislature approved SB914 in 2017 creating Kendall County WCID #3 encompassing over 1,000 acres (the Biedenharn tract). On March 26th, 2018, an agreement was reached between the San Antonio Water System (SAWS) and WCID #3 to serve a 1,054 acre tract of (the Biedenharn property). WCID #3A also reached an agreement with the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority (GBRA) to serve the 1,054 acre tract beginning in 2038 when the SAWS agreement expires. The City of Boerne granted consent to creation of WCID #3A as to only 374.86 acres out of the 1,054 acre tract, and the City of Boerne consent must be requested in the future to create the District over the remainder of the property. In the 2019 Texas Legislative session, House Bill 2590 (a "MUD" bill) was modified to allow water control and improvement districts created by statute, such as Kendall County WCID #3, to use the Texas Local Government Code Chapter 42 process through the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to create or form a WCID without consent from the local government. Once a viable water supply was secured by BoerneBak, discussions between the City of Boerne and the developer started anew. At the same time, City staff, the Mayor and others reached out to our community partners, including Kendall County, the Boerne ISD and Cow Creek Groundwater Conservation District to gain their perspective as discussions continued. The stated goal of all involved, including representatives of BoerneBak, has been to create a development agreement that achieves the best result for the Boerne community.

WCID NO 3A worksheet
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