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Bastrop adopts new land-use regulations

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On November 12, the Bastrop City Council unanimously voted to approve on second reading the ordinance adopting the Bastrop Building Block (B3) Code. This action is the culmination of the Building Bastrop initiative, which was launched in August 2018 to initiate the strategic reform of the city’s land-use regulations with the goal of creating fiscally sustainable, geographically-sensitive development standards that are authentic to Bastrop.

The new B3 Code moves away from a “one-size-fits-all” model found in the development codes of other communities throughout Texas. It is holistic, incorporating character districts, place types and street types that match the character of Bastrop based on an in-depth analysis of Downtown Bastrop’s DNA – the numerical data of the most successful developments in the city. The B3 Code is also a streamlined, user-friendly document that will provide clarity, predictability and flexibility for future development.

Last year, city officials and staff identified critical infrastructure needs throughout Bastrop, including significant flooding and drainage issues. The City studied Bastrop’s drainage patterns alongside new FEMA data and updated floodplain maps, which revealed the need to create and update policy that ensures new development doesn’t negatively impact the existing population or environment.

In addition to the adoption of the B3 Code, City Council voted to adopt on second reading the accompanying development manual, technical manual and pattern book. City Council also voted to amend Bastrop’s Transportation Master Plan to reflect a gridded street network that is vital to walkability and fiscal sustainability.

To learn more about Building Bastrop and the B3 Code, visit