Of the people who spent much of the 1990s fighting Austin’s Save Our Springs environmental regulations, Eli Garza and his heirs aren’t among the most influential or well known. But after two decades of clashing with City Hall over how they can develop their South Austin land, the Garzas are surely among the most persistent.
The long-running dispute might end Thursday. The City Council will consider a compromise that would clear the way for Garza’s heirs to develop the remaining 34.6 acres of the family ranch, which is behind the Lowe’s store on Brodie Lane. City officials and the family agree it would be the end of an ugly quarrel, one that pitted environmental protections against property rights in the courts, the Legislature and City Hall.
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