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Christian Brothers Automotive has made the Sunset Canyon Landowners Association aware of their intent to move forward with developing Lot 1032 of Sunset Canyon Section 5 (Vacant Lot at NE corner of HWY 290/Canyonwood Drive) as a 10-bay full service automotive service center. The proposed development will be taking access directly off of Canyonwood Drive just north of the intersection. The City of Dripping Springs has approved the site development permit and Hays County has approved the driveway permit. The approved plans and traffic memo can be found using the links below.

The Section V plat has recorded restrictions that include Lot 1032. Christian Brother’s legal counsel has provided a letter in response to the recorded plat restrictions. This letter can be found using the link below.

If you have any further questions for Christian Brother’s regarding the project, please contact the email listed in the letter directly.

Christian Brothers Automotive approved plan

Christian Brothers Automotive traffic memo

Christian Brothers Automotive letter addressing Section 5 deed restrictions

Section 5 Deed Restrictions


Waste Connections currently has all of their available assets tied up with cities to assist in their brush removal.  All of the cities that they are doing additional brush cleanup for is being done at an agreed upon additional cost.

At this time, SCLA customers should not expect or anticipate that the Waste Connections crews will pick up brush from this storm.  Our next scheduled bulk trash pickup day is May 13, 2023 and is limited to 4 cubic feet of brush.

Please keep in mind that the SCLA contract with Waste Connections was to get a single, lower price and to obtain a bulk trash pickup day for the residents of Sunset Canyon who choose to use them as their trash company.   

We also spoke to the county and Hays County resources are still working to clear brush from all roads and right-of-ways.  Walt Smith, our County Commission, did publish a list of resources available to assist property owners. FULL LEAFLET HERE. Excerpt below:

Drop off Brush at Dripping Springs Ranch Park and Event Center
February 13-19, 9am-5pm
If you need help with your cleanup, Hays County is coordinating with the
Austin Relief Networking for volunteers.  Visit the following link to sign up
For assistance:
If you have more questions or need more information, visit

At this time, owners should be looking to companies to help clean up the damage, their family/friends, or even neighbors.  If you decide to burn on your property, please be extremely cautious given the amount of dry brush that is on the ground. Go HERE for Hays County Brochure on guidelines and rules

As a reminder, please keep in mind that we do have Oak Wilt in the neighborhood and ensure that all equipment and cuts are property cleaned and cured.

“Be sure to immediately paint any new wounds on oak trees that are created during cleanup using wound dressing or latex paint. Immediately means make one cut then paint it before making the next cut. Clean all pruning tools with a 10% bleach solution or Lysol™ before pruning a different tree. Additional cosmetic pruning of oaks should be delayed until summer, once the threat of oak wilt spread has diminished. Avoid pruning oaks February through June! Any trees that are not oaks can be pruned at any time and painting the wounds is not necessary.” 

Be aware that between August and October, there will be road work on the southernmost portion of Trautwein Road closing access to 290 with a detour setup through Sunset Canyon. TxDOT estimates only about 6 total days of closure on 3 different times for only 2 days at a time. You can read details here:

Residents may have received a mailing from PEC regarding plans to trim trees around electric power lines. We reached out with concerns about the timing and received the following response from PEC:

We are currently trimming select locations in the area. Our goal is to target vegetation within six feet of the high voltage power lines. I expect the current project will be completed within the next one to two months. Unfortunately we do not have a system wide map for public use, but we do send out area wide notices for our upcoming maintenance activities. PEC conducts vegetation maintenance year round. During the course of this work, our crews clean their tools and paint the cuts on oak trees. A certified arborist inspects the work for quality and ensures that our oak protection protocols are adhered to at all times of year. Prior to trimming, PEC’s certified arborist inspects the area to be trimmed to identify active oak wilt centers. We exclude the area immediately adjacent to any oak wilt centers to add another layer of oak wilt protection. The majority of oak wilt transmission in live oak is through root grafting and moves 70-150’ per year. Due to this fact,  we work to keep the trimming crews a few hundred feet away from any known active wilt centers. As part of our advance notice process, a door hanger is left for members to notify them of upcoming trimming on their specific property. This is another opportunity for the member to contact PEC or its contractor regarding our vegetation maintenance. Any member is welcome to contact PEC’s contractor or PEC directly to request that their oaks be trimmed after July 1st. This request should be made on a case by case basis. We keep a list of properties which have requested trimming after July 1st, so that we can return at a later time to complete the remainder of work. Specific questions or member concerns can be addressed if a resident wishes to reach out to us