Incorporation discussion with Paula Stakes
December 9, 2013
Attendees: Bill and
Paula was the mayor of Live Oak (intersection of 1604 and
I35) and on the city council. She is currently on the Bulverde / Spring Branch
Economic Development Foundation (BSBEDF) and employed at Broadway Bank. She was on the group that developed the BSBEDF
Strategic Plan (which has loads of demographic data relative to the
Bulverde and Spring Branch zip codes).
Paula encourages incorporation. She thinks this is the best way to control
land use and development. She also
thinks that once we incorporate the 78070 zip code, we have a better chance of
merging with Bulverde. Bulverde was
formed quickly to block annexation by San
Antonio as 4 separate cities and then merged the 4
cities into one.
Live Oak is a small city (4.7 sq mi, population 14200) and
it was her experience that it was difficult to find people who were willing to
be mayor or to run for city council.
Paula recommends the following incorporation process:
with the HOA presidents (preferably in one meeting) to sense overall
support and request they determine how many people are in their HOA.
each HOA’s position on incorporation.
that the collection of HOAs in favor of incorporation meet the state
requirements for incorporation (contiguous, population density).
with an attorney, the HOA presidents, and the Bulverde City Manager (since
he is action oriented, was raised here).
Unfortunately, he did not go through the Bulverde incorporation. One or more Bulverde councilmen could
also be helpful since some of them went through the Bulverde incorporation
a charter (look on-line at other Texas
city charters to get candidate material for a
draft, such as Live
Oak City Charter)
the state legislature’s approval
We can begin now determining the population density required
by the state and researching 2010 census data to perform a “sanity check” of
She has sensed little resistance to incorporating the 78070
Other incorporation items:
current Bulverde City Manager came here from being an Assistant City
Manager. Bulverde also has a Mayor
(elected), and 5 councilmen (elected).
claims the BSBEDF can keep Tex-Mix in check, but they would have to do it
through harassment since they have no legal means.
Singing Hills is a 300 acre development planned for the NW corner of 281
and 46, and will include a Wal-Mart, another large store (which we didn’t
get the name of), an apartment complex, and 300 homes. The apartment complex is being planned by
Palladium group to target the salary range for this area.
and commercial development is expected to occur along US 281 between FM
1863 and the Guadalupe. During the
next 10-15 years only residential development is expected north of the
are two positions open on the BSBEDF for residents. Other positions require paying a fee,
but these positions do not.