Welcome to Liberty Hill, Texas, where education, business and the Hill Country lifestyle form a dynamic growing community.
Located on the northeast corner of the Texas Hill Country, Liberty Hill is one of the fastest growing communities in central Texas. Attracted by the highly acclaimed Liberty Hill schools, rural lifestyle and small-town hospitality, families looking for refuge from the hectic pace of big
city life are making their home along the Shin Oak Ridge.
Just 35 miles northwest of downtown Austin, and a 15-minute drive from Georgetown and Burnet along the east-west State Highway 29, Liberty Hill is a short commute from major employers. In recent years, the addition of commuter rail seven miles away and tollways have helped close the gap between rural Williamson County and the Austin metro area placing Liberty Hill residential neighborhoods in high demand.
Incorporated in 1999 as the City of Liberty Hill, the city boundaries encompass two square miles including a historic downtown area that is undergoing a transformation of sorts. Once a dynamic business center for the small community in its early years, city leaders are working together with downtown property owners and business leaders to restore the vibrance of old buildings and bring new life to the area with the goal of making it a destination for retail, art, dining and entertainment.
City staff and elected officials are working in tandem to help the city develop responsibly while attracting businesses that will offer sustainable employment. It’s a vision of growth that builds on teethings that make Liberty Hill unique.
The improvement of the downtown business district is an important part of the plan for growth. In early 2015, council members and city planners met with property owners and business leaders to unveil ideas for downtown development. Adding sidewalks, decorative lighting, handrails and landscaping will certainly change the appearance, while additional parking and improved traffic flow will make the area more attractive to businesses seeking to locate there.
Indicative of the City’s commitment to restoring downtown, the Council approved the purchase in 2015 of a building downtown that will be remodeled and expanded to house City of Liberty Hill administrative offices.
An additional property purchase at Loop 332 and CR 279 will allow the City to improve water infrastructure and traffic flow while creating a picturesque gateway to the downtown area.
A key player in the new Liberty Hill is the City’s Economic Development Corp. The LHEDC is working with public and private development partners to retain, expand and relocate business along with fostering entrepreneurial development and destination tourism. Its mission is to create an environment that fosters job creation and capital investment.
In its efforts to improve the downtown commercial area, the Liberty Hill EDC seven-member Board of Directors has developed a facade grant program to help improve the downtown buildings, and allocated funds for sidewalk construction and other improvements. The EDC is a 4B Sales Tax Corporation.
City leaders say the towering giants of Liberty Hill’s sculpture park could be the key to the community’s future as a tourist destination. Already, the EDC has allocated funds for the development of a plan for the sculptures relocation and restoration, as well as a plan for a sculpture park inside Lions Foundation Park.
As city staff field calls daily from prospective commercial and residential developers looking to grow opportunities in Liberty Hill, elected officials are looking ahead and planning for unprecedented growth.
Adding to the city’s water supply is critical. That’s why the City Council approved the issuance of bonds to construct water lines along CR 279 from Leander to bring treated water to Liberty Hill. The lines will allow Liberty Hill to obtain the water it has had reserved for years in Lake Travis.
As the owner of a regional wastewater treatment plant, Liberty Hill is uniquely positioned to provide wastewater service to all of the new residential subdivisions under development in the area. Even the City of Leander has made a longterm agreement with the City of Liberty Hill to provide wastewater service to new developments inside its city along the growing Ronald Reagan Blvd. corridor.
Making Liberty Hill a better place to live, work and play is a shared goal of the community. Volunteers serving on city boards and commissions, like the Parks and Recreation Board, share the vision and are working with staff and elected officials develop parks and green space.
Preserving the rural landscape of the Shin Oak Ridge is important as the community grows. In fact, when Williamson County purchased 1,000 acres just outside Liberty Hill for a park, county leaders agreed it should stay in its natural state to preserve the beauty of western Williamson County. When it opens, hiking trails and equestrian areas will be among the featured amenities. The park entrance will be a short distance from the Liberty Hill city limits, bringing more economic opportunity to the city.
It’s easy to see why Liberty Hill was rated #9 among the top places to live in the Austin area in May 2015 by Movoto, a popular real estate blog. A family-friendly community with wide open spaces still defines us, but Liberty Hill is a city with a vision for the future that is rooted in a deep appreciation for the past.
Built by the hard work and determination of forward-thinking visionaries, Liberty Hill is a family-centered community in the midst of rapid change. And with that change comes a renewed interest in its rich history and an excitement for art and music that will energize future development.