Landscape Architect & Specifier News

MAR 2017

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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108 Landscape Architect and Specifier News 2,200-Acre Master-Planned Community Approved in Western Travis County, Texas The Travis County Commissioners Court has approved plans to develop a 2,200-acre master-planned community northwest of Austin along the Pedernales River, with access to Lake Travis, natural creeks and streams and miles of nature trails. Thomas Ranch bills itself as "an ideal balance between the Texas Hill Country and Austin city life." Thomas Ranch will include approximately 3,300 homes, apartments, a marketplace of shops, entertainment venues and restaurants, a resort hotel and spa, a town square and community gardens. An extensive network of trails will connect the areas. Neighborhood streets will provide multiple points of entry and exit. "This is not going to be another subdivision with a sea of residential rooftops," said Tom D'Alesandro of Blakefield, the lead developer. The developer is committed to maintaining the area's natural landscape, preserving native trees and using low- level lighting to preserve the sky views. D'Alesandro comes to Thomas Ranch with more than 25 years of experience developing master-planned communities, including The Woodlands in Houston and The Shops at La Cantera in San Antonio. The Team—Hart Howerton (planners, architects, landscape architects, interior designers) has prepared the community master plan to ensure the natural environment is integrated into the development.—Keith Young of Doucet & Associates (civil engineering design) is developing the infrastructure planning.— Dannenbaum Engineering, Sherwood Engineers, SWCA Environmental Consultants, Kimley Horn, Ten Eyke Landscape Architects, and Integra Group have each advised the team in their areas of expertise. For more information visit . I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 7 2 1

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