Statement from TNC in Texas on Proposed Violet Crown Development
February 2022 Update:
The Nature Conservancy in Texas is pleased to share that The City of Austin Environmental Commission voted unanimously at the February 16, 2022 Council Meeting to deny the approval of water and wastewater service extension requests for the proposed Violet Crown amphitheater development. We’re deeply grateful that the Commission Members followed the recommendation of The City of Austin Watershed Protection Department. This is an important step in ensuring the continued protection of critical habitat and water quality at Barton Creek Habitat Preserve. We continue to follow this issue and speak out on behalf of the people and nature impacted by this potential development—including the endangered golden-cheeked warblers that inhabit this land.
The Nature Conservancy’s Barton Creek Habitat Preserve encompasses more than 4,000 acres of pristine land and four miles of Barton Creek frontage. Not only does this property safeguard the quality and quantity of water in the Barton Springs recharge and contributing zones, but it also provides habitat for endangered golden-cheeked warblers and numerous wildlife endemic to Central Texas. In a city like Austin, which is experiencing unprecedented land development pressures, Barton Creek Habitat Preserve’s conservation value is paramount.
Potential impacts from the mixed-use, proposed development and 20,000-seat music venue in southwest Austin are very concerning—especially considering the investment that the citizens of Austin and Travis County, The Nature Conservancy, and our government partners have made to protect our aquifer and Hill Country habitat. The proposed project sits immediately adjacent to Barton Creek Habitat Preserve; some of the best golden-cheeked warbler habitat in Travis County would be severely compromised with the traffic, light and noise that a development of this scale would create.
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