The Moore Group Obtains Approval of an Environmental Variance

The Moore Group is providing full engineering and surveying services for a proposed Mini-Storage Center on Bee Caves Road in southwest Austin.  The project is called Affordable Climate Controlled Storage.

In the course of obtaining the site development permit through the City of Austin and Travis county, it became apparent that the City of Austin criteria for deduction of allowable impervious cover for the perimeter roadway was an impediment to the project.

The owner retained The Moore Group to process a Variance Request to eliminate the deduction of impervious cover from the project due to the perimeter roadway.  The perimeter roadway deduction is a part of the City of Austin code that reduces the allowable amount of construction (impervious cover) on a project in order to account for adjacent roadway pavement that does not have water quality treatment in place.  For this project, the amount of the deduction for the perimeter roadway was huge because of the wide pavement of Bee Caves Road.

The staff at The Moore Group met with City of Austin staff to discuss the variance request.  Working with city staff, we came up with an environmental engineering solution that made sense.  A creative solution was determined to enhance the proposed on-site water quality facilities.  The City staff supported the solution offered by The Moore Group, and offered to take the variance request to the Environmental Board with staff support.

The Moore Group represented the Owner before the Environmental Board.  The Board heard the justification for the variance, which included a creative water quality control as designed by the environmental engineers at The Moore Group.  The Environmental Board approved the variance unanimously.

Choose a Consultant, not just an Engineer

We at TMG are Development Consultants as well as engineers. We do much more than prepare drawings of your improvements. We act as your consultant for land planning and find the highest, best use for your property. We know the local authorities who will give approval to your project. We represent you at public hearings before Boards and Commissions. We are your advocate with review staff and inspectors. We prepare construction contracts, conduct bidding and provide Construction administration. We aggressively pursue the success of your project in all phases.

You need an engineer who knows the people who grant the entitlements and permits and is familiar with the local rules for development. Relationships with everyone from review staff to members of Boards and Commissions can make your project more successful. TMG has been consulting on development projects in Austin and Central Texas for nearly 30 years. We know the people who make the regulatory decisions, and we have good relationships with them. We also know the rules for development, and how to use them for your best advantage.

When you are expanding your business facilities or building a new facility, it is important to choose a consultant who has planned and permitted site plans for businesses in the past. TMG has provided turn-key services for commercial development on all types of projects, including retail, restaurants, offices, warehouses, condos and multi-family residential.

Your development consultant needs to determine project issues at the beginning of a project, not when you are in the middle of the project. Finding out about a problem in the middle of a project can cost you money. If you know about the project issues to begin with, they can be planned for and the cost can be reduced. We at TMG make it part of every project to assess the potential project problems or issues prior to beginning design work. We report these issues to our clients so that an informed decision can be made on how to proceed.

Development in Central Texas is Resuming

We are starting to see some activity in the form of Land Development in the Austin area and in Central Texas. Some of our Clients that have not been active, or have not been able to obtain financing, have called us to discuss new development projects. We don’t know if this is just a busy period that will end soon, or if we are seeing the beginning of a new, long term growth cycle. All signs point to the need for more housing and infrastructure to accommodate the growing population.

Fire Protection is an Important Part of a Commercial Development

We are in the process of completing an office-warehouse development. The location of the office warehouse works well for the Owner, but the water system that serves the area is substandard. This caused some concern when we considered how Fire Protection would be provided.

Fortunately, we had recently completed a fire protection system for a commercial development just next door. We had the solution for Fire Protection at this site. We could either build a similar system to the one next door, or we could make a deal with the neighbors to share the existing system we had designed.

Initially the water utility reviewer wanted a separate system for this site. However, we met with the local Fire Department and got their approval to share the system next door. With the letter from the Fire Department in hand, we obtained approval for our client, without having to build a new Fire Protection system.

Montechino – A Mixed-Use Land Development on Lake Travis

We at The Moore Group are pleased to announce that we have been retained to provide engineering design, surveying, entitlements and permitting for Montechino on Lake Travis. The owner of Montechino is a long time client of The Moore Group. He has called on us once again to make land development happen. We will be platting a new Section of Single Family lots and designing and permitting a new Marina. More will be posted on the Montechino project as we proceed.

Mini Storage Projects

There are several unique qualities of  Mini Storage Projects that engineers and planners must be aware of.  One is access.  We must lay out the project using the minimum amount of pavement necessary, while still providing adequate access to the facility.   We at The Moore Group are now working on two mini-storage facilities on opposite sides of Austin, Texas.  It’s funny how projects seem to come in groups.  I recently posted “We are Office-Warehouses”….. Now I could say “We are Mini Storage facilities !!!!!”


Office-Warehouses are Us

We recently prepared development plans for an Office-Warehouse in North Austin.  We also provided construction services to the Owner, including Contract Preparation, Bidding, Assistance with Selection of a Contractor and Construction Administration.  That project was built and completed last year.  Now, some local landowners want to duplicate what their neighbor did.

The landowner next door has retained us to design and build an Office-Warehouse for him as well.  The plans are complete and the City of Austin is reviewing the Site Development Permit application.  We will be turning dirt on this one soon!

Our New Project on Lake Austin, “Laguna Terrera”, is Under Construction!

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!


We can now Announce it: The Moore Group is obtaining the entitlements for the Austin Curling Club

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 country and abroad from Canada,  United Kingdom (especially  Scotland), the United States, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark, Finland and Japan, all of which compete in the world championships.

In addition, the facility will showcase “green” construction components, including rainwater harvesting, solar cells on the roof and the re-use of heat given off by the ice refrigeration compressor to provide heat for hot water.

We are very excited to be chosen to work on such a unique and environmentally progressive project.


Construction Administration

The Owner of a Development Project needs someone to represent his or her interest during construction of the project.  Our firm provides Construction Administration services that benefit Owners of development projects.  We provide Construction Services on Commercial, Industrial and Residential projects of all sizes. 

We measure the construction quantities, so the Owner only pays for the amount actually built.  We prepare the Construction Contract using Unit Prices, so that the Owner pays by the Unit, thereby eliminating the possibility of overpayment.  We obtain competitive bids from several Contractors in order to get the best price.  We conduct the bidding and assist the Owner in the selection of a Contractor. 

When construction begins, we make sure the proper authorities are notified and invited to the pre-construction conference.  As construction progresses, we observe the construction  When the Contractor submits an Application for Payment, we go to the Construction Site and check to see if the work that the contractor is seeking payment for has actually been completed.  Often times at this point, we will ask the Contractor to reduce his request for payment to the amount actually completed.  In this way, we make sure the Project Owner only pays for work actually completed and in place.  We also with-hold a Retainer, usually 10% of the amount approved for payment, in order to protect the interests of the Owner. 

As the project nears completion, we prepare a Punch-List of final items that must be completed for the Contractor to collect the Retainer.  When the project is substantially complete, the regulatory authorities are invited to the Construction Site for a final walk-thru.  At this point in the process, we often must interact with the inspectors and regulators to assure the Owner obtains his Certificate of Occupancy.  (For Public Improvements, Project Acceptance is the goal, because then the improvements are accepted for maintenance by the Public, ending Owner responsibility for the Improvements.)  

We have successfully completed many Construction Projects.  Some types of projects we have completed include:

Residential Subdivisions

Mixed-Use Subdivisions

Commercial Site Developments and Strip Centers

Office Developments


Institutional Projects including Hospitals and Government Buildings

Warehouse Developments

Apartment Projects

Hotels and Motels


Major Utility Projects

Water Treatment Plants

Water Wells and Pump Stations

Wastewater Plants

Floodplain Improvements & Flood Control

Drainage Projects


Floating Docks

Road Projects

Approach Mains

Water Quality Ponds and BMP Controls

Erosion Control Installation

Single Family Homes

Septic Systems

Park Improvements 

The above projects are only a representative example of the types of projects we have completed.  Call us at 512-442-0377 before your next project to make sure your next project is a success.