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The Moore Group is currently obtaining variances and permits for Construction in a Floodplain for a residential project. Our client owns property that is in a floodplain, and the client wishes to construct improvements to the property. City code normally does not allow for construction in a floodplain, so we are obtaining a variance to allow the construction to proceed. In order to obtain the variance, we are engineering the project in specific ways that meet city requirements. The city desires Read more [...]

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The Moore Group has been retained to provide planning and site development engineering for a wedding event facility in the Texas Hill Country, northwest of Austin.    The project will include 26 stand alone houses and an event center.  The buildings will all be designed to take advantage of passive solar heating and cooling. The buildings will be designed utilizing innovative insulation techniques and will provide natural air movement through the building by the use of carefully located Read more [...]

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The Moore Group has recently been retained to do land planning and prepare a Site Development Permit Application for a new office development off Research Boulevard in northwest Austin. The project is in the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone, so a Water Pollution Abatement Plan has also been prepared and submitted to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).  An innovative Water Quality Pond has been designed to take advantage of the terrain surrounding the proposed building. This Read more [...]

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When you start a business or even add a new branch to your existing business, you have a lot to think about and a cornucopia of decisions to make. How will you find key employees? Who will be your Clients and how will you find them? You also have to answer mundane questions such as “Which light bulb should you use since there are going to be thousands of them in the building?” Or, when you create the website for your new company, what font should you use on the menus? Forest green or Kelly Read more [...]

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It is great to see a project that you have drawn on paper become a reality.  Laguna Terrera is a high-end residential project located on Lake Austin near the community of West Lake Hills.  Our survey crew is on-site now providing locations for pilings.  Soon the utilities will be constructed.

I’ll keep you updated on the progress!

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We recently represented the Austin Curling Club before City Council.  Based on the reception we recieved, we are now obtaining entitlements - including site plan approval - for a unique new sporting facility.  This will be the only true Curling Arena within a thousand miles of Austin. The Curling Club will include a restaurant and bar.  The facility also includes three regulation sheets of curling ice and dressing rooms for the competitors.  The facility will draw Curlers from across the Read more [...]

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A Landowner can eliminate a lot of uncertainty and risk when developing land in Texas by entering into a Development Agreement with local Municipalities.  The Development Agreement also helps the local Municipality set forth rules for development that specifically apply to the subject property.  We at The Moore Group have assisted both Landowners and Municipalities in the preparation of Development Agreements.  A Development Agreement should be a “win-win” agreement that helps both parties Read more [...]

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The State of Texas allows Land Developers to form Water Districts in order to help finance medium to large sized projects. The Water District repays the Developer for the cost of utilities, drainage systems, ponds and other improvements. The Water District is a taxing authority that re-pays the Developer through the issuance of bonds, similar to municipal bonds.  There is more than one type of Water District. Types that are commonly used in Land Development include the Municipal Utility District Read more [...]

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First, here is the likely scenario: You own property, and you want to be able to use it.  Maybe you need a parking area or a storage space.  So you make some small improvements to your property.  You are not hurting anyone, all you are doing is making it easier to use your property. Then a city inspector shows up and gives you a citation, commonly called a “Red-Tag”.  There are threats of fines and legal action.  You must Stop Work, says the city inspector.  What should you do? We Read more [...]

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  City staff persons can attempt to cause unnecessary expense to a developer and the eventual home owners within a development.  For example, while obtaining entitlements for a recent land development in the City of Austin, a city case manager told us that we would have to pay into an escrow account an amount of money sufficient to maintain three ponds within our project for a 2-year maintenance period.  In addition, this staff person wanted us to provide restrictive covenants that would place Read more [...]

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