CEMEX to partner in county wildlife conservation plan

Will Wright | Herald-Zeitung |

Comal County Commissioners recently approved steps to formalize an agreement between the county’s Regional Habitat Conservation Plan and CEMEX Construction Materials South, which will establish wildlife protection for endangered species adjacent to the CEMEX quarry site.

County Engineer Tom Hornseth said the agreement pledges CEMEX’s participation in the RHCP, which protects habitat areas for endangered species, such as the golden-cheeked warbler, on CEMEX’s 761-acre tract at 2682 Wald Road.

The golden-cheeked warbler is a small, migratory song bird that nests exclusively in Central Texas. The bird, listed as endangered in 1990, is threatened by habitat loss and fragmentation as a result of urban encroachment and the clearing of juniper.

Commissioners also approved matters associated with the county’s Public Improvement District for The Crossings, a subdivision planned to include about 200 homes on an 88-acre tract on Farm-to-Market Road 1102 in the Havenwood area.

Commissioners approved a resolution announcing intent to issue bonds to fund the PID. The county-backed bonds will finance public improvements for the subdivision — such as roads; water, sewer and drainage infrastructure; open space and other amenities. Under the agreement, developers will pay for the bonds, and administrative costs associated with the PID.

Commissioners will meet in regular session at 8:30 a.m. Thursday in the Commissioners Courtroom, 100 Main Plaza in New Braunfels.