Driftwood is a growing community southwest of Austin and southeast of Dripping Springs. Landmarks include the Old Driftwood Store, many wineries and restaurants, several churches but especially treasured and dear, natural sights and starry nights.
As the area grows, the community is working together to educate developers on how much the community treasures its natural setting and dark skies. We believe that the more developments adhere to covering lights, keeping natural buffers along roadways and keeping signs low and to a minimum, the more everyone will benefit. Residents will maintain enjoyment of the natural beauties and developers will experience increased demand for their product. We realize growth will occur but the more adherence to guidelines for keeping dark skies, natural sights and uncluttered roadways, the more everyone benefits.
To help answer the Driftwood question, the Area Definition and Historical Designation Committee was charged with defining the boundaries of Driftwood, developing a sign for placement at entry points to the Driftwood core area, and designating historical sites via an Interactive Storybook.
The Driftwood Core Area map is largely a combination of the Driftwood zip code and a proposed winery Appellation.
The Driftwood Area of Influence map is largely delineated by the contributory zone of Onion Creek until it reaches the RR 150 or southeastern Hays County line.
Visit our Interactive Map for information on businesses and historical sites in the Onion Creek Valley. If you'd like to have your place included, contact Mark Rutledge at firstname.lastname@example.org, or submit the form on the Area Definition/Historical Designation page.
Thanks to board member Casey Cutler for arranging production of this great video!
Seven 4' x 5' signs were designed and produced, with the first four being placed at Driftwood Core entry points. These signs are being placed on private property with permission of the respective landowners.
This level of participation illustrates the community's desire to preserve our dark skies and rural feel ("Starry Nights and Natural Sights").
Having accomplished these two goals (save sign placements), the committee is turning its focus to historical designations.
We love Driftwood’s natural beauty and charm. While we realize growth will occur we want to be the best stewards of this beautiful land.