Developers of a 700-unit manufactured home community received approval to begin construction in Guadalupe County.
Guadalupe County Commissioners Court voted 4-1 to approve a final infrastructure development plan for Vista Lago Estates located in Precinct 1 on Farm-to-Market Road 725 in the county. The 700 units will be placed on a total of about 145 acres.
“It’s not like a trailer park,” said Steve Loar of 725 Partners, the project developers. “This is a community: clubhouses, pools, trails, dog parks, children’s play parks.
“Now it’s a go.”
Precinct No. 4 Commissioner Judy Cope’s was the lone vote against the project. Traffic and safety concerns appeared to inform her decision.
“When you’re looking at 700 homes, you’ve got one ingress and one egress, you’ve got, say, 1,000 cars coming out onto (FM) 725 in the morning,” she said during discussions shortly before the vote. “I still see that as a problem.”
725 Partners previously asked commissioners to approve the project but the court asked the developer to make some changes to the plan. Members of the court wanted the plan to include safety features for motorists driving in and out of the property.
Developers got the permitting necessary from the Texas Department of Transportation and all other necessary permits and approvals to move forward, Guadalupe County Judge Kyle Kutscher said during discussions.
“It sounds like even if some don’t like it, we really don’t have the grounds to deny it because the developer has gone out there and done what he had to do,” Kutscher said.
He expressed concerns about the developer only having plans in place and having done no work toward establishing the safety features, and wondered aloud whether the court should give its approval before the work in question at least had begun. What if, the judge asked, the court gave its approval but the developers started placing houses on the tract before making the safety improvements that concerned the court in the first place?
“This is a very expensive project and it’s not being jury-rigged,” Loar said. “That’s part of the reason why it’s taking so long because we’re taking the time and doing it right.”
He and his partner in the venture, Greg Adalian, have been in the business of developing manufactured home communities more than 30 years each, Loar said. The project they have planned for FM 725 is “an all-inclusive-type thing,” he said.
The size, quality and aesthetics of the homes that go into the community will be superior to mobile home parks, Adalian said. Vista Lago Estates is planned for a portion of Guadalupe County sitting in the New Braunfels extraterritorial jurisdiction, he said.
And it will be unique.
“I think we’re going to be the second gated, guarded community in New Braunfels,” Adalian said. “The other one, I think, has million-dollar homes.”