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June 26, 2013

Groundwater study waived in Brock area with known water woes

County commissioners OK preliminary plat for new 42-lot subdivision

By JUDY SHERIDAN

A new 42-lot subdivision in an area known to the Upper Trinity Groundwater Conservation District for inadequate water and contamination from oil and gas activities got the go-ahead Monday when Parker County Commissioners approved the preliminary plat for all four phases and waived an expensive groundwater availability study for developers.

The subdivision, named Eagle View, is located in the Brock ISD, behind Canyon West Golf Course, off Old Brock Road. Water to the homes, to be built on 2-acre lots, is to come from individual wells.

The lot sizes meet the requirements of the UTGCD, Plat Coordinator Lesie Coufal said.

Coufal told the court that the subdivision’s developer, Eagle View Development LLC, of Aledo, requested that commissioners waive the groundwater study, which the court has the right to require due to the size of the subdivision.

The studies cost between $80,000 and $100,000, according to UTGCD General Manager Bob Patterson.

Commissioner George Conley asked Patterson if the Upper Trinity wanted the study done for the site, and Patterson replied that it better informs potential buyers.

“In the past, when the county required groundwater availability certification, it prevented a lot of dissatisfaction with subdivision lot owners from the fact that they knew up front that there was this much water or there was not adequate water,” he said. “So we would prefer it. In our enabling legislation we don’t have the authority to refuse anyone to drill a well if they have a 2-acre minimum plot.”

Patterson said buyers become upset with the county, the water district and subdivision owners when they discover that the water supply is inadequate. He said sometimes subdivision owners sell a lot with a well included, but they generally don’t provide enough information about the well’s capacity or the likelihood of the aquifer staying at the same level in future years.

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