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Steiner Ranch

Steiner Ranch Service Area

SteinerRanchMap The Steiner Ranch Defined Area (SRDA), created in May of 1987, is the master planned community known as Steiner Ranch, which was developed by Taylor Woodrow Communities. Steiner Ranch consists of approximately 4,490 acres of land, including approximately 325 acres located within the City of Austin limited purpose jurisdiction. Steiner Ranch is located approximately 20 miles west of Austin’s central business district and bounded by Ranch Road 620 to the north, Lake Austin to the west and southeast and an 1,800 acre City of Austin endangered species preserve to the east. Approximately 1,000 acres of Steiner Ranch are considered habitat for endangered species, including the Black Capped Vireo and the Golden Cheek Warbler. The majority of this acreage is located within canyon and other natural drainage areas. The defined area ultimate build-out will contain approximately 5,000 single-family residential homes in addition to commercial development and three multi-family residential developments.

SteinerStoneSign The District supplies water to the Steiner Ranch area through 24 inch water mains on Ranch Road 620 which fill two storage tanks totaling 2 million gallons. Wastewater treatment is provided by the District’s Steiner Ranch Wastewater Treatment Plant, a 1,500,000 gallon per day activated sludge facility. Treated effluent is stored in onsite ponds and used to irrigate the University of Texas golf course and landscaping along Quinlan Park Road.

The water, wastewater and drainage infrastructure are funded by bonds issued by Water District 17 which reimburse the developer for construction of the facilities. All of the $118,500,000 in authorized bonds for the SRDA have been issued, and SRDA residents pay an ad valorem tax to pay this debt along with the current District-wide tax.