In 1972, developers started to formulate their plans for building homes on the undeveloped beautiful land we now call Lost Creek. They wanted this to be a premier community in the Eanes School District with underground utilities and sewer service.
The City of Austin and the Texas Water Commission granted permission to form the Lost Creek Municipal Utility District (MUD) and issue bonds to provide sewer and water service. An agreement was reached to construct a country club in the small but stunningly beautiful valley below Lost Creek and along Barton Creek. The golf course would be irrigated with treated wastewater from the MUD sewer plant.
The developers started building homes in Lost Creek from the back of their land out towards Loop 360. Lost Creek's area is approximately 775 acres. There are 24 plat sections with 20 residential sections. Lost Creek Boulevard curves 1.8 miles from Loop 360 down to the crystal clear waters of Barton Creek.
When Virginia Hines organized the Lost Creek Neighborhood Association in 1976, approximately 50 homes had been built. The first meetings were held in her home on Doral Drive. The group decided to meet quarterly, and Virginia led the LCNA for two years -- 1976 and 1977.
After a year or so, the Association started holding quarterly Sunday night meetings in the dining room of the Lost Creek Country Club. At that time too, the MUD office was located in a narrow niche of the club, and MUD board meetings were also held in the dining room.
In 1981, the bylaws were revised and general meetings were changed to monthly. Commercial development was being proposed on the property behind the unique Lost Creek entrance monument. The developers wanted to tear down the monument to provide a driveway onto their property. The LCNA and Lost Creek Garden Club united to work with the developers and the City of Austin to save the monument and assure that commercial buildings had minimal impact on traffic and views from nearby homes.
The LCNA solicited funds in 1982 to design and build the community park located at Quaker Ridge Drive and Lost Creek Boulevard. In recent years, the MUD has constructed a new, safer playscape, gazebo, and wrought iron fence for the park.
The Association provides a collective forum for residents to voice their concerns about enhancing the subdivision, protecting property values, and working with governmental bodies and other entities in matters of mutual interest such as zoning and land use, roadway and street development and maintenance, taxation, law enforcement, fire protection, and parklands. The LCNA is a 501(c)(4) non-profit civic league, run by dedicated volunteers who donate their time and energies for the betterment of Lost Creek.
Nancy J. Naeve, LCNA Historian