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100-ACRE CONSERVATION RANCHES

LIBERTY RANCH
Come home to 15 private, 100-acre residential parcels of wild Texas ranchland in Driftwood, Texas. Windswept oaks and rolling pastures grace the terrain and the silhouette of Downtown Austin sparkles in the distance. Liberty Ranch is the perfect place to create a refuge from the bustle of Austin, as a primary residence, a vacation home or just some land on which to escape. One can enjoy their own piece of the rural Texas Hill Country while just minutes from everyday necessities.

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BREATHE.

IN CLOSE. BUT MILES AWAY.

PROPERTY
Liberty Ranch, a one of a kind opportunity, consists of 1,559 acres divided into 15 private parcels that are approximately 100-acres each. The terrain includes pastures, rolling hills and several hilltops as well as magnificent open meadows and untouched bird habitats. Owners will enjoy breathtaking vistas of the Hill Country or skyline views of Downtown Austin depending on their orientation. Legacy live oaks, post oaks and forests of mountain laurels provide beauty and natural habitat for the abundant wildlife and native birds in the area.

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PRESERVE.

MORE THAN THE EYE CAN SEE.

CONSERVATION
Liberty Ranch is among the largest undeveloped tracts of Hill Country land within 30 minutes of downtown Austin. An active wildlife management plan is in place to ensure that the wildlife continues to thrive and provides for extremely low taxes. Here conservation groups have worked tirelessly to permanently protect this land as well as the 15,000 acres immediately adjacent to it. Those that accept the stewardship of this land, do so with the promise that it will remain protected in perpetuity.

HILL COUNTRY HIDEOUT.

YOUR OWN PRIVATE RANCH.

Carefully considered restrictions provide ample opportunity for a spacious home, guest house, swimming pool and driveway but assure the rural character of the land will be protected in perpetuity. All the land in the boundaries of the project are subject to a conservation easement which dictates no further division and no commercial uses. As a result, all owners can rest assured that Liberty Ranch will always remain a tranquil enclave of private Driftwood estates.

Driftwood
Driftwood is a place in the Hill Country of Texas where long-standing land owners, those interested in preservation and new neighbors, are working collaboratively to care for the treasured character of this special place. As you travel from Austin down FM 1826 into Driftwood, the tempo slows, the Onion Creek Valley unfolds, and you behold the vast beauty of rolling green hills and glorious views.

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FREQUENTLY

ASKED QUESTIONS

Are exotic wildlife and livestock permitted within Liberty Ranch?

All native and exotic animals found at Liberty Ranch must be maintained according to the Conservation Easement. Livestock ranching is permitted on individual properties, but owners must ensure the land is never overgrazed or overstocked. Exotic or non-indigenous plants, fish or aquatic life should not be stocked, introduced or permitted in ponds or other waterways on the property. For a more information about exotic wildlife and livestock see below.

Geology and Plant Life

Liberty Ranch is 1,559 acres located within the Little Bear Creek watershed with the majority of the property draining gently to the southeast towards Little Bear Creek. Liberty Ranch lies within the Barton Springs segment of the Edwards Aquifer recharge and contributing zones and contains numerous water recharge features, providing a significant quantity of high quality water recharge to the Barton Springs Segment of the Edwards Aquifer, both on the Property and downstream. The Barton Springs segment of the Edwards Aquifer provides water for thousands of central Texans and wildlife and plant populations including the endangered Barton Springs Salamander and the golden cheeked warbler.

The specific Conservation Values of the Property as noted in February of 2008 are documented and described in the Easement Documentation Report (EDR). This report established the baseline condition of the Property at the time the Conservation Easement was implemented.

Liberty Ranch is in the Edwards Plateau ecoregion. Approximately 2,300 vascular plants are native to the Edwards Plateau with 200 introduced. Ten percent of those plants are endemic. Because of the flora’s richness and rarity, the Edwards Plateau is one of four areas in the United States considered a Center of Plant Diversity.

Liberty Ranch is made up of areas that vary from open to closed savannah to woodlands. The dominant woody species include: live oak, ashe juniper, Texas oak, and cedar elm. Other species include evergreen sumac, green briar, twist leaf yucca, elbow bush, prickly pear cactus, and grasses. The grasslands of Liberty Ranch are dominated by King Ranch bluestem which is considered an invasive exotic. Other grasses found on the Property include, but are not limited to, little bluestem, silver bluestem, Indian grass, buffalo grass, and Texas winter grass.

The savannah communities of the property are contrasted with the steep slopes dominated by mixed woodlands in some of the drainages along the northern portion of the property. These areas of steep slopes with spring-fed water create some of the most unique habitats associated with the Edwards Plateau. The stream sides and creek bottoms provide additional resources to allow a variety of mesic plants to grow including sycamore, bushy bluestem, and muhly grasses.

Wildlife, Wildlife Management, and Agricultural Activities

Wildlife known to occur on Liberty Ranch is consistent with species common to the Central Texas region. These include white-tailed deer, dove, turkey, wild pigs, song birds. There have been reports of endangered species including the golden cheeked warbler and the black capped vireo.

As part of ongoing wildlife management activities for 1-d-1 wildlife valuation, the developer has installed bird houses, rainwater cistern watering stations, feeders, and bat boxes throughout the property. Goals of the wildlife management plan include creation of food plots, watering stations and habitat enhancement.

Individual owners will be responsible for filing the wildlife management plan with Hays County for the Property they own. This can be done through a third-party service or managed by the individual owner.

The populations of native and exotic wildlife must be maintained and controlled as necessary in order to carry out and promote the purposes of the Conservation Easement. Owners have the right to control, destroy or trap predatory and problem animals that pose a material threat to livestock and/or humans by means and methods approved by the City of Austin. The method employed shall be selective and specific to individual animals. These actions shall be implemented in a manner consistent with all Applicable Laws relating to regulated wildlife.

No exotic or non-indigenous plants, fish, or aquatic shall be stocked, introduced or permitted in any ponds permitted on the Property or any other waterways or streams now or hereafter existing on the Property.

Owners will not overgraze or overstock the Property at any time and agree not to graze more livestock and/or exotic and non-indigenous game animals thereon than reasonably prudent. Owner will not graze more than one animal unit, as defined in the Animal Unit Equivalency Table, per thirty acres on the Property. Owners can graze up to one animal unit per twenty provided that the animal units in excess of one animal unit per thirty acres shall be confined in a corral or similar enclosed area and fed from feed sacks and hay bales as their sole sustenance with limits on the location of the corrals.

Ranching, equine and wildlife management operations of native and exotic wildlife are allowed on the Property provided such activities are conducted in accordance with the Conservation Easement, the Development Plan and the Management Plan and do not violate or otherwise negatively impair the purposes of the Conservation Easement.

Hunting of such wildlife is allowed on the Property provided such activities are conducted in accordance with all Applicable Laws. If the City of Austin determines that any of such ranching, equine or hunting activities or wildlife management operations are causing a material adverse effect, either individually or cumulatively over time or with other activities, on the Property, The City of Austin may further restrict or limit the scope or manner in which such activities are conducted.

Owners are entitled to cultivate food plots, including orchards, for personal consumption and livestock and wildlife management related activities; provided no hydroponic methods or chemical fertilizers are utilized and provided that all such agricultural activities are conducted in accordance with the Conservation Easement and Development Plan. Cultivated areas and food plots on the Property shall not exceed a total of seventy-five acres on the Property. Not more than 48 acres of land on the Property may be under irrigation at any one time unless otherwise approved by The City of Austin. Any irrigated cultivated areas and food plots will be counted as part of the irrigated acreage allocated to such Residential Parcel. Areas irrigated for fruit and nut trees which are subsequently removed from irrigation, can be subtracted from the 48-acre allotment for irrigated areas, but will continue to fall under the umbrella of cultivated area with an overall cap of 75 acres. In addition, all cultivated sites shall be located outside the No Development Zone.

Animal Unit Equivalency Table
Kind and class of livestock Approximate animal unit equivalent*
Cow (1,000-lb.)  with calf 1.0
Dry cow (1,000-lb) 0.77
Heifer (600 to 900 lb) 0.6 – 0.8
Steer (500-900 lb) 0.7-0.9
Bull (1,500 lb) 1.1
Horse (800-lb yearling) 0.75
Horse (1,000-lb 2 yr old) 1.0
Horse (1,100-lb 3 yr old and older) 1.25
Ewe (130-lb) 0.20
Weaned lamb (75-lb) 0.12
Ram (175-lb) 0.25
Nanny (70-lb) 0.17
Weaned kid (35-lb) 0.10
Billy (125-lb) 0.25
Axis, Aoudad, Fallow, Mouflon 0.20
Blackbuck Antelope 0.12
Sika 0.14
Red Deer and Elk 0.75

Can owners cultivate crops at Liberty Ranch?

Liberty Ranch owners are entitled to cultivate food plots, including orchards and other gardens, for personal consumption and wildlife management activities. Each parcel is allocated 5 acres for cultivation and 3.13 acres for irrigation.

Does Liberty Ranch have common amenities?

Common amenities are limited to gated and landscaped entrances at the north and south ends of the private road. The north entrance is reserved for owners use only. No other amenities are planned.

Does Liberty Ranch have natural water features?

Liberty Ranch lies within the Little Bear Creek watershed and the Barton Springs segment of the Edwards Aquifer recharge and contributing zones. Seasonal tributaries of Little Bear Creek cross Parcels 1, 2, 3, 12,13,14 and 15 and a seasonal tributary of Bear Creek crosses Parcel 7. There are four designated pond locations on the development plan. Ponds have specific parameters for construction and use. For more information about the ponds, see below.

Water and Wells

An owner has the right to construct and use up to 3 water wells on each Residential Parcel. 4 ponds or water tanks are permitted within the project in very specific locations. If a pond is constructed it will not be counted as impervious cover. Wells or groundwater cannot be used to fill ponds or tanks. An owner may also install rain harvesting systems and utilize all water captured and retained with any such system, but all plans must be approved in advance of construction. Water rights associated with the Property cannot be transferred.

Improvements

Improvements shall mean and include any and all structures, ponds, site clearing and other significant disturbance of the land surface (except in connection with brush management, ranching operations and wildlife management as permitted in the Management Plan), mass plantings, buildings, parking areas, fences, walls, poles, pipelines, wells, septic systems and other utility facilities, Driveways, swimming pools, tennis courts and any other structures affixed to or located on the land.

No Owner may allow any Improvements to be constructed or to remain without the advance written consent of the Declarant, during the Development Period, and thereafter the Association.
The placement and construction of Improvements shall be conducted in such manner as to minimize any negative impact on surface and subsurface hydrology.

The placement and construction of Improvements shall conform to any plans and specifications submitted to the City of Austin and shall be subject to and shall comply with all Applicable Laws.

No excavation of land shall be made except in conjunction with, and as necessary for, the construction of permitted Improvements. When such Improvements are completed, all exposed openings shall be backfilled, and graded, and such areas shall be revegetated.

Once construction of Improvements commences, such construction shall be diligently pursued to the end and may not be left in a partially finished condition any longer than reasonably necessary.

Except as otherwise expressly provided in this Agreement, the construction and placement of any new Improvements allowed hereunder shall be restricted to that portion of the Property outside of the No Development Zone and shall be conducted so as to avoid or minimize any materially adverse impact on the Conservation Values.

Does the Conservation Easement allow brush clearing?

Clearing property at Liberty Ranch is allowed with hand tools and small machinery such as a skid steer or hydraulic shears. Any clearing that requires large equipment must first be approved by the City of Austin. For more information about approved clearing practices, methods, improvements and possible limitations, as well as water quality and pesticides see below.

Brush Management, Site Clearing and Excavation

Generally clearing or removal of vegetation at Liberty Ranch shall be accomplished by hand held tools, a backhoe, a bobcat or tractor utilizing hydraulic sheers or other similar type of sensitive equipment (excluding the use of bulldozers, root plowing or chaining, which methods are prohibited without The City of Austin’s prior written consent). Burning or other chemical methods shall not be allowed without the prior written consent of the City of Austin, except for the use of herbicides in connection with fence lines as provided in the Conservation Easement. Prescribed burning of vegetation on the Property (including, without limitation, prescribed burning of cleared brush from allowed clearing activities and prescribed burning as a standalone best management practice) is permitted provided that such burning is conducted in accordance with Texas Natural Resources Code, Chapter 153 – Prescribed Burning, as amended or replaced from time to time, and provided further that Owners provide notice and otherwise complies with all Applicable Laws.

The City of Austin agrees that prescribed burning on the City’s adjacent 1,500-acre tract will be conducted in the same manner.

Owners shall manage the existing brushy species, including ashe juniper, so that it is maintained at or below the baseline canopy cover level determined in the EDR. Except as otherwise expressly permitted above, management of ashe juniper and other brushy species shall be pursuant to a plan submitted in advance and approved by The City of Austin. Owners will set forth the area and method of clearing. Areas of brushy species which are cleared will be re-vegetated with native vegetation, native grass mixes or other grasses or other vegetation approved by The City of Austin.

Owners may excavate and remove from the Property gravel, caliche, clay, and other materials as reasonably necessary in connection with its construction and maintenance of allowed Improvements on the Property, but performed under a plan that is approved by the City of Austin. Disturbed areas will be graded, shaped, and revegetated with native grasses.

No Development Zones

No Development Zone refers to areas within the Property shown in the Conservation Easement that includes buffers on each side of streams, recharge features, springs, wetlands, floodplains and/or habitat for significant or rare species, slopes greater than 15%.

Pesticides

Only chemical pesticides that are biodegradable and approved by the City of Austin may be used on the Property and only if used for its intended purpose(s) and in accordance with the manufacturer’s product label. A list of pesticides currently approved by the City of Austin and their intended use in included here. The City of Austin reserves the right to modify such list of approved pesticides as it determines is reasonably necessary to protect or enhance the surface and subsurface hydrology. The use of chemical pesticides within 500 feet of any waterways, water wells, springs, wetlands, caves, recharge features, and other sensitive features is prohibited, unless the City of Austin determines in its reasonable discretion that a greater or lesser distance is appropriate. Also, broadcast or aerial pesticide treatments are prohibited.

Approved Pesticides

Product Common Name Intended Use
Fenvalerate Pydrin; Class: III Termites
Cholecalciferol Quintox; Class: III Rodents
Warfarin, Sulfaquinoxaline Prolin; Class: III Rodents
Pyrethins, Diatomaceous earth D-20; Class: III Fire Ants
Fenoxycarb Logic Award; Class: III Fire Ants
Amidohydrazone Amdro; Class: III Fire Ants
Silica aerogel, pyrethrins and piperonyl butoxide Drione; Class: III Fleas
Pyrethrins, piperonyl butoxide and diatomaceous earth Permagard; Class: III Fleas
Insecticidal soap Safer’s Soap Fleas
Pyrethrins,   piperonyl          butoxide

and rotenone

Organocide; Class: III Fleas
Fenoxycarb Torus; Class: III Fleas
Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis Mosquito Dunks; Class: III Mosquitoes
Encapsulated pyrethrum Tossits; Class: III Mosquitoes
Glyphosate Roundup Weather Max, Accord Fenceline Vegetation

How does the property qualify for lower taxes under the wildlife valuation?

To help maintain natural plant and wildlife at Liberty Ranch, the developer has installed bird houses, rainwater cistern watering stations, feeders, and bat boxes throughout the property. The wildlife management plan allows the property to qualify for a wildlife valuation with the Hays County Appraisal District. Each owner will be responsible for developing an individual wildlife management plan in order to receive the favorable valuation from Hays County. Once a house is constructed, the house and two to five acres of the land upon which the house is built will be taxed at full value.

How many acres is the Liberty Ranch property?

Liberty Ranch, a conservation ranch, spans 1,559 acres in Driftwood, Texas. Liberty Ranch is divided into 15 parcels which are approximately 100-acres each. To view the Liberty Ranch plat map, click here.

If I have a broker how will my broker be compensated?

Riley McLean Land is the Exclusive Agent for Liberty Ranch. Buyer’s Brokers will be paid 2.5% of the total purchase price of any closed and funded transaction. Buyer’s brokers must be identified on first contact and must arrange the first showing to be allowed full fee participation. If this condition is not met, fee participation will be at sole discretion of Riley-McLean Land, broker.

Is fencing required and what materials can be used for fencing?

All owners will need to contain any animals but otherwise fencing is not required. Fencing must be approved by the ACC, set back 20 feet from the community right-of-way, painted black, and be constructed of a combination of posts and pipes that are generally consistent with the fencing that is located at the FM 967 entrance.

Is hunting allowed on property?

Hunting of native wildlife is allowed on individual properties if conducted according to state law and under standard wildlife regulations.

Hunting

Hunting that would endanger any person or any domestic animal is prohibited. Any hunting must comply with Applicable Law and the terms of any applicable wildlife management plan. In addition, the following rules shall apply to all hunting activities:

  • Ground hunting blinds are allowed but must be constructed so that they are not visible from any road, trail, or parcel boundary.
  • Hunting leases are prohibited.
  • Hunting is allowed only between dawn and dusk.

What are the estimated taxes per parcel?

The 2017 taxes for parcels in Liberty Ranch average just over $2 per acre parcel. The low taxes are due to the wildlife valuation on the property.

What are the important documents to review and understand?

Plat: click here.
Development Plan: click here.
Contract: click here.
Terms and Restrictions Document: click here.

Who are the utility providers at Liberty Ranch?

Individual owners, at the owner’s expense, can install up to three wells or a rainwater collection system for water. Septic systems approved by Hays County will be installed at owner’s expense. Electric service is provided by Pedernales Electric Cooperative with service lines installed to the front of each parcel along Liberty Ranch Road. Owners will be responsible for installing underground service lines to any approved improvements. There are a variety of private trash collection services available in the area. For a list phone numbers for service providers, see below.

General Information

School District – Hays Consolidated ISD
Electric Utilities – Pedernales Electric
Sewer – Private Septic systems installed at Buyer expense
Water – Private wells installed at Buyer expense
Jurisdictions – Hays County, City of Dripping Springs ETJ, City of Austin Conservation Easement
Mail delivery
Internet service –
Telephone providers
Hays County
The City of Dripping Springs
Property Owners Association

What is a conservation easement?

A conservation easement is an agreement which has been negotiated between a landowner and a land trust or government agency to permanently protect the land’s conservation values. In the case of Liberty Ranch, the easement holders are the City of Austin, Watershed Protection Department. This easement ensures the conservation, maintenance and enhancement of water quality as well as protection of native plants and animals found within the protected land. All Liberty Ranch owners must abide by the conservation easement. 

Conservation Easement

A conservation easement is a voluntary legal agreement between a landowner and a land trust or government agency that permanently limits uses of the land in order to protect its conservation values. In the case of Liberty Ranch the Easement Holders are the City of Austin.

The purposes of this Conservation Easement are to:

  • provide for the conservation, maintenance and enhancement of the water quality and quantity of the Barton Springs segment of the Edwards Aquifer and Little Bear Creek watersheds,
  • maintain the natural hydrological processes and land health,
  • protect and manage habitat for the benefit of native plants, animals and plant communities,
  • maintain water quality and quantity recharging the Edwards Aquifer,
  • prohibit any uses of the Property that will have a material adverse effect on the Conservation Values,
  • ensure that the Property will be retained forever predominantly in its natural, scenic and open space condition.

The Conservation Easement extinguished specific development entitlements, allows for the development of 15 residential complexes, and conserves areas of the property through the delineation of No Development Zones. The property is part of a protected open space network in the Recharge Zone extending from the Onion Creek Natural Area in Hays County to Barton Springs in the City of Austin. The City of Austin owns or has conservation easements on approximately 16,000 acres in the corridor.

Nothing contained in the Conservation Easement gives the public a right to enter or use the Property.

EACH OWNER AGREES TO REVIEW AND COMPLY WITH THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THE CONSERVATION AGREEMENT. The Conservation Easement contains various restrictions on each Owner’s use and development of the Property, including but not limited to:

  • Homesite construction;
  • Impervious cover;
  • Ranching and operating horse stables and riding facilities;
  • Construction and use of driveways and trails;
  • Surface alteration;
  • Soil or water degradation and water use;
  • Site clearing and excavation;
  • Waste disposal;
  • Construction and use of ponds and storage tanks;
  • Brush management;
  • Pesticide use;
  • Agricultural activities and grazing;
  • Wildlife activities and control; and
  • The use of motorized vehicles.

What is impervious cover and how much is permitted per property?

Impervious cover refers to all improvements or materials that are water impermeable and placed on or above natural land surface. This includes residences, driveways, barns, walkways and other structures. Impervious cover, other than ponds, within each parcel must not exceed a total of 53,280 square feet. The definition of impervious cover as used within the Conservation Easement is more restrictive than the City of Austin Land Development Code.

What is the process for getting approvals for construction or clearing?

All planned improvements, with a calculation of impervious cover, or clearing projects must be submitted to the ACC. The ACC will coordinate with the City of Austin for the City of Austin’s required approvals under the conservation easement. Once approved by the ACC and the City of Austin, additional approvals may be required from Hays County or the City of Dripping Springs. For additional information about required documents and the approval process, click here. The association will charge a fee of $100 per review submittal. For more information about additional fees, click here.

What is the total tax rate at Liberty Ranch and who are the taxing entities?

Austin Community College District – 0.100800%
Hays Consolidated ISD – 1.537700%
Hays County ESD #8 – 0.100000%
Special Road Dist. – 0.043800%
Northeast Hays County ESD #2 – 0.050000%
Hays County – 0.401200%
Total Tax Rate – 2.132700%

What native plants and animals are found at Liberty Ranch?

There are more than 2,300 species of natural plants at Liberty Ranch, including live oak, post oak, cedar elm, mountain laurel, ashe juniper and a variety of grasses. Wildlife on the property is consistent with animal species common to the Central Texas region and include white-tailed deer, dove, turkey, wild pigs and song birds.

What other restrictions exist on the property?

In addition to the conservation easement, the property is subject to deed restrictions which are filed with Hays County. The Development Plan outlines the allocations of impervious cover, irrigation rights, no development zones and other agreements that have been established with the City of Austin. View the full set of deed restrictions below.

To view the Development Plan, click here.

Prohibited Uses

Any activity on or use of the Property that conflicts with the purposes of the Conservation Easement is prohibited. The following activities and uses are expressly prohibited:

  • No surface alteration, except as reasonably necessary in the course of any activity otherwise allowed and approved by the City of Austin.
  • No activity which changes the surface or subsurface hydrology of the Property in any manner, except such activities that are as otherwise expressly allowed. This prohibition does not prohibit ranching or wildlife management operations, low impact recreational uses of any creeks located on the Property, cultivation of food plots, livestock and wildlife management related activities, and ranching and hunting related activities, or other activities expressly reserved.
  • No removal, harvesting, destruction or cutting of trees, shrubs, brush or other plants, except incidental select cutting or removal of vegetation by hand held tools or a bobcat with hydraulic shears as reasonably necessary for appropriate management of the Property, as expressly allowed or as approved by the City of Austin. Any extensive removal or clear cutting of vegetation on the Property shall be in accordance with a written plan approved by the City of Austin.
  • The use of pesticides or biocides, including but not limited to insecticides, fungicides, rodenticides, and herbicides is prohibited, except as expressly allowed or otherwise approved by the City of Austin.
  • No storage or dumping of ashes, trash, garbage, Hazardous Materials or any other materials that may negatively impact or be detrimental to surface or subsurface waters. Owners may temporarily deposit, and store trash, garbage, ashes and other non-Hazardous Materials as may be reasonably generated from allowed activities in appropriate receptacles and does not otherwise have a materially adverse effect on any of the Conservation Values.
  • No storage tanks are permitted except as may be expressly allowed.
  • No pollution, alteration, manipulation, depletion or extraction of surface or subsurface water or any other water bodies, except in connection with the construction of dams as allowed in the Development Plan, or other activities as may be otherwise permitted in the Conservation Easement. Owners will not conduct or allow activities on the Property that will be detrimental to water purity or that will alter the natural water level or flow in or over the Property.
  • No pumping water from wells to fill any waterways or ponds.
  • No conveying, selling or otherwise transferring water or existing water rights derived on, under or from the Property to be used for any purpose off of the Property.
  • No placement or construction of Improvements without prior approval except in connection with the repair, maintenance, or replacement of approved improvements.
  • No commercial and industrial uses are permitted except a business that is conducted in the home of an owner.
  • With the exception of landscaping, the cultivation of food plots for personal consumption, livestock and wildlife management related activities, and ranching and hunting related activities, agricultural activities are limited to those allowed with the consent of the City of Austin.
  • Owners will not introduce exotic and non-indigenous vegetation.
  • No development rights can be transferred away from Liberty Ranch.
  • Owners shall not operate or allow the operation of any motorized vehicles on the Property, except on Driveways and Trails except that Owners are permitted to operate motorized vehicles such as ranch trucks, trailers, tractors and all-terrain vehicles (but excluding vehicles that cause excessive surface disturbance) outside of Driveways and Trails to the extent such operation thereof is reasonably necessary in connection with Owner’s ranching and wildlife management operations and maintenance of the Property, and conducted in a manner so as to minimize adverse impacts on the Conservation Values.
  • No further subdivision of a Property.
  • Internal roads, lanes and driveways on the Property shall at no time be dedicated to or made available for use by the general public, and no public road or public access easements or rights of way shall be granted, either expressly or by implication, or permitted by prescription.
  • Owners have the right to continue those activities in which the Property has been historically engaged, which activities and uses include residential use, ranching and wildlife management operations, low impact recreational uses such as hunting, fishing, picnicking and swimming, and cultivation of food plots for personal consumption, livestock and wildlife management related activities and ranching and hunting related activities, to the extent otherwise allowed in the Development Plan or Management Plan.

What school district serves Liberty Ranch?

The property falls within Hays Consolidated ISD, and it is served by Carpenter Hill Elementary, Dahlstrom Middle School and Hays High School. There are numerous private schools within the vicinity of Liberty Ranch including St. Andrew’s High School, Regents School of Austin and Austin Waldorf School.

What structures may be constructed on property?

All structures must be residential in nature. Residential complexes refer to a single-family main house, a single-family guest structure, tennis court, swimming pool, barn, stable and other sheds or outbuildings to house animals, materials and equipment. No commercial structures or businesses may be located at Liberty Ranch. Owners are not required to make any improvements to the property.

Residential Complex

Residential Complex shall mean and include, collectively, a single family main house, a single family guest structure, tennis courts, a swimming pool, a barn, a stable and other sheds or outbuildings to house animals, materials and equipment necessary for the utilization of, or associated with, the above-described structures, for the purpose of supporting Owners’ agricultural, ranching or wildlife management operations or otherwise restoring, maintaining, or enhancing the natural hydrologic regime of a watershed, as otherwise set out in Paragraph 16 below.

Residential Parcel or Lot

The terms Residential Parcel or Lot refer to a subdivided portion of Liberty Ranch containing or designated to contain a Residential Complex. Each Residential Parcel may be utilized only for such uses as are customary and appropriate for one Residential Complex and related non-commercial recreational uses and for such other activities as otherwise expressly permitted in the Conservation Easement and Management Plan.

In connection with each Residential Parcel, subject to the Impervious Cover limitations, place or construct one Residential Complex. Each Residential Parcel shall contain no more than three water wells, no more than two of which may be located within any Residential Complex, with the remaining water well(s) to serve such agricultural, ranching and wildlife management activities as are permitted on such Residential Parcel. Owners also have the right to construct, and thereafter engage in and operate, non-commercial horse stables and riding facilities on Residential Parcels, provided such activities conform to the Management Plan and are conducted-pursuant to a plan approved by the City of Austin, specifying the location of such facilities, methods of waste management, water detention and filtration and such other items as may be reasonably required by the City of Austin.

Open Space Parcel

Open Space Parcel is a subdivided portion of Liberty Ranch other than a Residential Parcel. Open Space Parcel may be utilized only for utility lines and private access serving any of the Residential Parcels or other Open Space Parcels, and for ranching and wildlife management related activities and light recreational activities such as hunting, fishing, picnicking and swimming, but excluding any cultivation or agricultural activities.

Owners or the Association may place or construct only fences on Open Space Parcels of the Property, Driveways and one water well serving ranching and wildlife management related activities on such Open Space Parcel and one additional water well provided that the total number of water wells on the Property does not exceed 49 wells, all of which shall be included in calculating the 1.7% limit on Impervious Cover.

The Open Space shall be used solely for non-commercial uses of Owners of Residential Parcels and their invitees.

What will be the addresses within Liberty Ranch?

The address for the project is 8700 FM 967. The street name in the project is Liberty Ranch Road. Each parcel will be assigned an address once the driveway permit is approved with Hays County. The property is situated in Driftwood, the post office recognizes the location as Buda and the jurisdiction is Dripping Springs. For the contract information for the 911 addressing and the post office, click here.

Addresses will be:

Liberty Ranch Road
Buda, Texas 78610

Where will Liberty Ranch owners receive mail?

The post office has approved mail delivery to individual mail boxes at the front of each parcel rather than delivery to a community kiosk. Each owner will be required to install a mailbox and coordinate with the post office to receive mail.

Who will manage the Liberty Ranch Owners Association?

The Liberty Ranch Owners Association will be managed by First Service Residential.

Architectural Control Committee

Composition. The ACC will be composed of not more than three (3) persons (who need not be Members or Owners) appointed as provided below, who will review Improvements proposed to be made by any Owner other than Declarant. Declarant will have the right to appoint and remove (with or without cause) all members of the ACC. Declarant may assign its right to appoint all members of the ACC to the Association by Recorded written instrument, and thereafter, the Board will have the right to appoint and remove (with or without cause) all members of the ACC. Any assignment by Declarant of the right to appoint and remove all members of the ACC may be withdrawn until expiration of twenty-four (24) months after the expiration of the Development Period. If Declarant withdraws its assignment of the right to appoint and remove all members of the ACC, then on the date of such withdrawal, Declarant will have the right to appoint and remove (with or without cause) all members of the ACC. Declarant’s right to appoint all members of the ACC will automatically be assigned to the Association upon the expiration of the Development Period. The ACC will have the right to employ consultants and advisors as it deems necessary or appropriate.

Procedural Guidelines. Declarant shall have the right, but shall have no obligation to, adopt procedural guidelines relating to the submission of the Regulatory Application to the City, as well to establish setbacks and prescribe the location of any Improvements on the Property (the “Procedural Guidelines”) and, during the Development Period, will have the power from time to time, to adopt (unless previously adopted by Declarant), amend, modify, or supplement the Procedural Guidelines, if any.
Actions of the Architectural Control Committee. The ACC may, by resolution unanimously adopted in writing, designate one or more of its members, or an agent acting on its behalf, to take any action or perform any duties for and on behalf of the ACC, except the granting of variances. In the absence of such designation, the vote of a Majority of all of the members of the ACC taken at a duly constituted meeting will constitute an act of the ACC.

Failure to Act. In the event that any plans and specifications are submitted to the ACC as provided herein, and the ACC fails either to approve or reject such plans and specifications for a period of ninety (90) days following such submission, rejection of such plans and specifications by the ACC will be presumed. In furtherance, and not in limitation, of the foregoing, any failure of the ACC to act upon a request for a variance will not be deemed consent to such variance, and the ACC’s written approval of all requests for variances will be expressly required.

Variances. The ACC may grant variances, in its sole and absolute discretion, from compliance with any of the provisions of the Procedural Guidelines, if any, or this Declaration; provided, however that any variance granted hereunder shall be granted in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Conservation Easement. All variances must be evidenced in writing and must be signed by at least a Majority of the members of the ACC. Each variance must also be recorded; provided however, that failure to record a variance will not affect the validity thereof or give rise to any claim or cause of action against the ACC, including the Declarant or its designee, the Association, or the Board. If a variance is granted, no violation of the covenants, conditions, or restrictions contained in this Declaration or the Procedural Guidelines, if any, will be deemed to have occurred with respect to the matter for which the variance was granted. The granting of such variance will not operate to waive or amend any of the terms and provisions of this Declaration or the Procedural Guidelines, if any, for any purpose except as to the particular property and in the particular instance covered by the variance, and such variance will not be considered to establish a precedent for any future waiver, modification, or amendment of the terms and provisions of this Declaration or the Procedural Guidelines, if any.

Duration of Approval. The approval of the ACC of any plans and specifications, and any variances granted by the ACC, will be valid for a period of twenty-four (24) months only. If construction in accordance with such plans and specifications or variance is not commenced within such twenty-four (24) month period and diligently prosecuted to completion thereafter, the Owner will be required to resubmit such plans and specifications or request for a variance to the ACC, and the ACC will have the authority to re-evaluate such plans and specifications in accordance with this Section 3.1.6 and may, in addition, consider any change in circumstances which may have occurred since the time of the original approval.

No Waiver of Future Approvals. The approval of the ACC to any plans or specifications for any work done or proposed in connection with any matter requiring the approval or consent of the ACC will not be deemed to constitute a waiver of any right to withhold approval or consent as to any plans and specifications on any other matter, subsequently or additionally submitted for approval by the same or a different person, nor will such approval or consent be deemed to establish a precedent for future approvals by the ACC.

Will the city of Austin explicitly enforce the conservation easement?

Annual inspections may be performed by the City of Austin. Inspections include a tour of the property, photographs and interviews with owners to determine the uses over the course of the year. The City of Austin will also periodically visit the property during construction to monitor activities and holds the right to prevent any activity on or use of property that violates the Conservation Easement.

City of Austin Easement Enforcement

The City of Austin will perform annual inspections to ensure enforcement of the Conservation Easement. Inspections will include a tour of the Property as well as interviews with owners to determine the uses over the course of the year. The City of Austin representative will document all physical improvements to the Property. The City of Austin  will also have an unlimited number of entries as necessary during construction on a Property to adequately monitor construction activities. The right of entry for these purposes shall be limited to 2 times per year plus such additional times as reasonably necessary. Any reports prepared by the City of Austin will be provided to the Owner.

The City of Austin has the right to prevent any activity on or use of the Property that is in violation of this Conservation Easement and to require the restoration of such areas or features of the Property that may be damaged by any activity or use in violation of this Conservation Easement.

The City of Austin may consent to activities otherwise prohibited under the Easement and activities not expressly allowed in the Easement provided that they do not conflict with the Purposes of the Conservation Easement. The City of Austin cannot agree to any activities that would result in the termination or extinguishment of the Conservation Easement or to allow any additional partitions of the Property or any additional impervious cover not otherwise expressly provided for in the Conservation Easement.

The City of Austin has an initial photographic inventory of the Property from 2007. This inventory documents the typical landscapes and scenic vistas found on the site. The City of Austin also documented the significant manmade improvements on the Property and the environment surrounding each developed site. During the annual inspection the City of Austin representative will revisit the original photo sites

Contact information for the City of Austin:

The City of Austin
Environmental Conservation Program Manager/WQPL 3635 RR 620 South
Austin, Texas 78738 Attn: Dr. Kevin Thuesen
Telephone: (512) 263-6432
Fax: (512) 263-1276

What are the Liberty Ranch Owners Association dues?

The Liberty Ranch Owners Association dues are $4,750 per year. For more information about additional fees, click here.

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Address: 8700 FM 967, Buda, TX 78610
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Phone: 512–960-4676
Email: CCM@RileyMcLean.com


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