Year Acquired: 2011
Conservation Values: Close proximity to numerous other conserved properties as part of the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve Program. Part of a landscape level network of protected lands. Three distinct vegetation communities are present on the property, which provide key wildlife habitat, with known occurrences of golden-cheeked warblers. Property is visible from Lake Austin, has over ¼ mile of Lake Austin (Colorado River) frontage. Primary riparian area for Coldwater Creek along the western portion of the Property, and other tributaries.
Location: This property is not open to the public.
History: The Vitruvian Domain is Texas Land Conservancy's fourth conservation property in Travis County.
With ever-increasing development pressure, Travis County is in danger of losing its scenic identity. According to the Texas A&M Land Trends website, land values in Travis County increased by 199% between 1997 and 2007, which is two times both the state average and the average of the Hill Country. Average parcel size is 216 acres which decreased by 34% in that time in Travis County, compared to the statewide fragmentation rate of 10% decrease in size.
The Balcones Canyonlands Preserve (BCP) is not one single tract of land but a system of preserves that exists as a multi-agency conservation effort to protect endangered species habitat. The City of Austin owns and manages 13,251 acres dedicated to the BCP. In addition to existing as habitat for endangered species, these lands provide habitat for numerous native plants and animals and contribute to improved air and water quality and quality of life for the people of Austin.
This property has been owned since the mid 1990’s by the same owner. It was slated for development then, but was bought prior to subdivision. The owner is committed to seeing it protected from subdivision and has donated a conservation easement on the property to protect it.
Due to increasing pressure from development, Travis County's scenic landscapes and natural areas are threatened. But, thanks to the owner of the Vitruvian Domain, this section of Lake Austin will forever remain a natural area, a place where water quality is preserved and native plants and wildlife flourish.