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History and Organization
Citizens Alliance for Responsible Development (CARD) formed in 2008, when a group of concerned citizens organized a public meeting to inform residents about the plans for True Ranch Subdivision, which had been platted for 435 one-acre lots. When citizen after citizen spoke out in opposition to such dense development in the Wimberley Valley, the developer withdrew his plat and later refiled as Mustang Valley with only 77 larger lots.
This successful outcome made the meeting planners realize that there was a need for a citizen group that would monitor and inform fellow citizens about planned developments and related issues in western Hays County. As a result, CARD was formed and its mission statement and by-laws were drawn up and adopted.
Since then, CARD has remained focused on its mission. We have sponsored two successful Wimberley EcoFests. We’ve attended and spoken out for responsible development at meetings of the Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District board, the Hays County Commissioners Court, the Wimberley City Council and others. We’ve held successful petition drives related to our mission, giving area citizens the chance to be heard by county and state officials. We’ve published relevant articles and letters to the editor in local publications. We periodically e-mail CARDtalks with relevant information to an extensive list of interested citizens and have developed and maintain this website.
CARD is a small, all volunteer, not-for-profit, non-partisan organization of Wimberley and western Hays County citizens with no government funding and no commercial backers. We are an issue advocacy group, and we do not endorse political candidates. CARD is registered with the Texas Ethics Commission as a General Purpose Committee, and files reports with the Commission twice a year. The CARD Steering Committee (SC) meets monthly and sets the goals and actions of CARD. The organization has no employees, and all members are unpaid volunteers. The elected officers of CARD are the chair, vice-chair, secretary and treasurer.
The Steering Committee members serve on four permanent subcommittees: Water, Residential/Commercial Development, Transportation/Roads, and Communications/Outreach/Education
Each member of the Steering Committee serves on one or more subcommittees. Each subcommittee tracks and informs the Steering Committee about its area of focus, and makes suggestions for action. (See Officers and Steering Committee on the right.)
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