Brushy Creek Municipal Utility District History
Brushy Creek Municipal Utility District was formed as Williamson County Municipal Utility District No. 2 on October 27, 1977 with a confirming election on January 21, 1978 and about 725 acres of land. An annexation in 1983 involving most of the land in the present District south of Brushy Creek increased the District to 2210 acres. The district name was changed to Brushy Creek Municipal Utility District on August 31, 1990.
The District includes two non-contiguous areas, one lying between Sam Bass Road and F.M. 1431 (Brushy Creek North) and one area lying mainly between Brushy Creek and F.M. 620, but also including an area south of F. M. 620. The primary neighborhoods include Brushy Creek North, Sendero Springs, Brushy Creek South, Hillside, the Villages of Brushy Creek, Cat Hollow, the Meadows, the Woods of Brushy Creek and Highland Horizons.
Parts of the District were included in the extra-territorial jurisdictions (ETJ) of both Austin and Round Rock until 1997. An act of the legislature in that year allowed the District to choose to be in only one ETJ, and the Board of Directors chose to move all of the District into the ETJ of Round Rock.
The District was originally formed to support development of Brushy Creek North and the original southern development, Brushy Creek South. Municipal Utility Districts reimburse developers for portions of their land development costs.
MUD's also have responsibility for providing water and wastewater services as well as parks. More recent legislation has also given MUD's the ability to provide solid waste collection and road construction and maintenance. MUD's function similarly to a city but do not have all the broad powers of a city such as zoning and building permitting, nor can it charge franchise taxes or sales taxes. A MUD lying in an ETJ of a city can be annexed by that city subject to certain provisions and requirements in the state law.
Through the years Brushy Creek Municipal Utility District has provided water service from both groundwater wells and from water purchased from the City of Round Rock. The District is currently treating both water from Lake Georgetown and its own groundwater wells with the most advanced membrane filtration technology. The District replaced the Neenah Standpipe with a new 750,000 gallon composite elevated storage tank. The Stonebridge Standpipe has been removed from service, and a new 300,000 gallon elevated storage tank was constructed in Sendero Springs (adjacent to Brushy Creek North).
The Brushy Creek Municipal Utility District's wastewater is treated by the Brushy Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant owned by the Lower Colorado River Authority. The District previously operated wastewater treatment plants located in both the North and South portions of the District.
The District's parks and recreation system has grown dramatically. A portion of the funding is provided by developer fees paid on each new lot. The District parks include Sendero Springs Park, Brushy Creek North Park, Creekside Park, Shirley McDonald Park (duck pond), Cat Hollow Park, Pepper Rock Park, Racine Woods Park (Sink Hole Park), Little Village Park, and the Community Park. The District has numerous trails and greenbelts, an 18 hole disk golf course and a Community Center with over 60,000 square feet of recreation and meeting space. The District also owns and operates four swimming pools.
The District has sought to provide a sense of community through water services, its parks, its support of community groups and activities, and a staff working to serve the community.