Hays County, Walton Development Partner on FM 2001 Extension
Walton Development and Management donates approximately 19 acres of right-of-way to the County
Left to right, County Judge Bert Cobb, M.D., Precinct 1 Commissioner Debbie Gonzales Ingalsbe, Precinct 2 Commissioner Mark Jones, Walton Development & Management General Manager Becky Collins, Niederwald Mayor Reynell Smith, Niederwald City Administrator Richard Crandal, Walton Planning & Development Manager Adam Moore, Precinct 3 Commissioner Will Conley and Precinct 4 Commissioner Ray Whisenant at the September 9 Commissioners Court meeting, following Walton’s donation of some 19 acres of right-of-way to the County for the FM 2001/Camino Real project.
Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX – Hays County announced today the acquisition of approximately 19 acres of right-of-way (ROW) at Camino Real for the future development of FM 2001. Donated by Walton Development and Management, a family-owned real estate development and investment group in Texas, this land is an integral solution to developing the necessary infrastructure to meet the rapid growth in the Hays County area.
“Walton’s generous donation will jump start the FM 2001/Camino Real project and help bring more economic development and jobs to our region,” said Hays County Pct. 2 Commissioner Mark Jones. “We appreciate their long-term investment and commitment to our community and hope other businesses will follow their lead as we work to create best practices for managing and planning future growth.”
The land being donated is part of Walton’s Camino Real Master Plan located in Niederwald. As the region continues to grow, the donation will become a key part to increasing the connectivity between IH-35 and SH 130. It will allow for an alternative route to bypass central Austin IH-35 congestion, and help to support the major thoroughfare portion of the Hays County Transportation Plan that was adopted in January 2013. The land acquisition and future realignment of FM 2001 will also support the 2035 CAMPO Regional Transportation Plan goals of better connectivity, mobility and access and efficient land use.
“We are seeing a remarkable pace of growth within Central Texas,” said Reynell Smith, Mayor of Niederwald. “This roadway is an important asset to the economic vitality of our region and our City and this partnership will allow us to continue planning our needed infrastructure in a thoughtful and strategic manner.”
“The work that Hays County is undertaking to extend FM 2001 and improve its alignment from I-35 to SH 21 is a big step in improving transportation and providing options in the corridor between SH 130 and I-35,” said Becky Collins, General Manager, Walton Development and Management, Austin. “Walton is proud to support the County’s efforts to bring better transportation options, more economic development and job opportunities to this booming growth corridor.”
Without the donation, Hays County would have been required to acquire the ROW on its own, which would have been much more costly and taken longer to complete, potentially slowing the progress of connectivity in the corridor.
“As our county continues to grow rapidly, it is critical that we invest in needed infrastructure projects like FM 2001,” said Hays County Judge Bert Cobb, M.D. “We very much appreciate Walton’s ROW donation and look forward to working with them and other community stakeholders to move this project forward.”