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Old 10-26-2007, 10:20 PM
 
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There may be a lack of tax incentives for green building in county areas but that's hardly an "obstacle". You can build whatever you want. It is a very unregulated environment. You can put up a yurt, go all solar, put a water collection system and be greener than anybody in one weekend.
On the other hand, your neighbor can do as he or she wishes, too, whether you like it or not. You can't have it both ways.
City of Austin has very green building standards and incentives, like solar rebates and straw bale construction codes, but the county areas are different.
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Old 10-27-2007, 05:37 AM
 
Location: NW Austin
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You could look into Hays County/ Dripping -Driftwood-Wimberley area .. just stay out of any EJT and you can build nearly anything.. we have neighbors with Haystack houses, real Adobe houses, Log homes and even one underground..
They other posters are correct though, ckeck the land carefully if you plan to farm, its pretty hilly, but nice pastures are still plentiful. Also ditto, read every line of the deed restrictions (if any)

Expect to pay 10-15K/ acre or more .. some are now getting 20K/ acre
Cheers
I have a friend that lives out in Hays -- and she thought she could garden but discovered a BIG problem... DEER!!!! So you may want to look in to that too...
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Old 10-27-2007, 05:43 AM
 
Location: Driftwood TX
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Good point. You need a game fence for sure, but not too expensive, we used 10' cedar posts cut off the land and then 10' no climb fencing..
Cheers
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Old 10-27-2007, 06:21 PM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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East of I35 is mostly blackland prairie (black dirt..no rocks) while west of I35 is rocky and hilly. Farther east (starting at Rockdale you enter the Post Oak Savannah).
Here's a link to the various regions in Texas:
Land: Ecological Regions Definitions

I'm in the blackland prairie region (east of I35) and I grow organic just for personal use..onions as big as grapefruits..grapes, apples, berries, corn.....plenty of compost will break down the clay. I don't have to worry about deer..rabbits are the ones to guard against !

When you look at land ask to see a survey..floodplains are clearly marked on the survey. A portion of my land..way in the far corner is in the 100 year floodplain but does not affect me where I built the house. This is where my tank overflows when there's heavy rains and that is downhill from me so no worries about flooding.

Also, a survey will show any easements, gas lines or any other line though the property.

If you are unsure of doing it yourself then it's well worth the money to pay for a lawyer familiar with country properties to look over whatever paperwork you can get and explain it to you.
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Old 03-31-2008, 02:27 PM
 
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Smile Floodplain for Bastrop TX

I see that someone was looking for the Bastrop City Floodplain. Well here it is. This document was created in 2000 for expansion out to 2020. Bastrop Comprehensive Plan (http://www.cityofbastrop.org/compplan.html - broken link)
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Old 08-10-2009, 09:06 PM
 
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You could look into Hays County/ Dripping -Driftwood-Wimberley area .. just stay out of any EJT and you can build nearly anything.. we have neighbors with Haystack houses, real Adobe houses, Log homes and even one underground..
They other posters are correct though, ckeck the land carefully if you plan to farm, its pretty hilly, but nice pastures are still plentiful. Also ditto, read every line of the deed restrictions (if any)

Expect to pay 10-15K/ acre or more .. some are now getting 20K/ acre
Cheers
What is an EJT?
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Old 08-11-2009, 05:47 AM
 
Location: Driftwood TX
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extraterritorial jurisdiction.
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