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Mayor Update: 281 Survey, Employment, and STR Permit


I hope everyone had a wonderful time and stayed cool this past weekend at the 17th Annual Blanco Lavender Festival. Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers and the Blanco Chamber of Commerce for putting this festival together!

281 Survey

Earlier this year, City Council approved the creation of a steering committee to support the study of a Highway 281 Overlay District within the City of Blanco.  A group of contracted urban planners are helping us set in place design guidelines and development standards for the HWY-281 Corridor. As this is the area facing the most development and the area that truly defines Blanco to those who pass through, we want to be sure that new development represents who we are and maintains our rural charm and character. A survey has been created to help the planners get a better feel for how citizens view our town and what aspects are most important. Interested individuals can go to https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeZpgjWwj8-UdzgjdlM86SyMDCmJ_HAaBmO521-CoGsc0mRAw/viewform?fbclid=IwAR3FcvtsjJPbrT4nQbf4QGQc65E6SI3mubNMWVxR39aDMCeCoAIPdrt-0iE to fill out the survey online; hard copies of the survey are available at City Hall and the Blanco Library. You do not need to live inside the city limits to complete this survey as we want to hear from all community members. The survey is due by June 20 and I encourage all residents to take a few minutes to fill it out. 

There will be a public forum discussing the survey results on Thursday, July 7 at 6:00 p.m. at Gem of the Hills (2233 US Hwy 281). 

City Employment 

I would like to welcome Sasha Ricks and Haylee Harman to the City of Blanco. Ms. Ricks will be serving as the City’s Finance Director and has years of experience in both Human Resources and Finance. Ms. Hartman will be our new Municipal Court Clerk; she is also a Blanco High School alumn and has experience as a court clerk in Bexar County. I look forward to working together.

The City is searching for a part-time Code Enforcement Officer at this time. The Code Officer will work with citizens to solve problems and resolve issues while protecting property and personal rights and freedoms. Interested applicants can visit the City’s website for more information. 

STR Permit

On May 10, 2022, the City Council passed a short-term rental (STR) ordinance. If you are a current STR owner/operator, please remember to visit City Hall (300 Pecan St.) and complete your permit application. Current operators will continue to have their business but are required to get a permit. For more information please visit the City’s website or call City Hall at 830-833-4525.