Master Plan/Visioning Committee

Mission Statement

At the April 4 RAP meeting committee members attended a Mission Statement Workshop craft the DHCS Mission Statement:   

Preserving and enhancing Driftwood's rural beauty, heritage, sense of community and belonging. 

A Land Plan process is underway to determine the future direction DHCS would like to see for downtown Driftwood. Requests for Qualifications have been submitted to several planning firms to assist in this effort. See the RFQ.

Committee meetings are held the first Wednesday at  6 pm (following the RAP meeting) and third Tuesday at 6 pm, in the community center unless  otherwise noted.  Check the calendar for updates.

The Dark Sky Initiative

The DHCS aligns the Driftwood/Onion Creek Valley with Dripping Springs regarding the International Dark Sky Initiative, because we believe it is critical in preserving the environmental natural history in the entire region.

The Wimberley Valley, which encompasses the cities of Woodcreek and Wimberley, was also officially designated the third International Dark Sky Community in Texas on June 11 by the The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA).  For a full article with more information, see the Hays Free Press article from June 20: 

The International Dark Sky Association (IDA), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Tucson, Arizona, advocates for the protection of the nighttime environment and dark night skies by educating policymakers and the public on the subject of night sky conservation and by promoting environmentally responsible outdoor lighting. 

Dripping Springs was recognized by the IDA in 2014 as an International Dark Sky Community, the very first designation in Texas. 

Protecting A Cultural Legacy

“The history and culture of the Hill Country is intimately tied to its sky, particularly its night sky,” explained John Cassidy, President of the Board of Trustees of the Pound House Foundation, a local Dripping Springs historic preservation group. “Whether sitting around a campfire or sitting in the darkness of their homesteads, those who went before us understood this land in a fundamental way that we must preserve. The clear view of the stars at night is a resource that must be saved and passed along to future generations.”

IDA established the International Dark Sky Places conservation program in 2001 to recognize excellent stewardship of the night sky. Designations are based on stringent outdoor lighting standards and innovative community outreach. Since the program began, five communities including Dripping Springs, thirteen parks and five reserves have received International Dark Sky designation.

For more information on the DHCS’s Dark Sky initiative and proper lighting potentials for your home and commercial projects, please go to:

Purpose and Role of the Committee

The Committee is developing recommendations and guidelines in the form of a planning report that will be used to preserve, improve, inform and influence future development patterns consistent with the greater Driftwood community vision.  

Committee Members

Allison Allen, RAP Liaison,

Ray Beets,

Rick Brennes,

Susie Brennes,

David Braun,

Linda Brown,

Donna Burns,

Casey Cutler,

Jeff Eichelberger,

Venita Fuller,

Doug Harrison,

John Jones,

Robin Melanson,

Kasey Mock,

Mike Pruitt,

Mark Rutledge,

Roy Thornton,

Nancy Thornton,