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Bye bye Fairfield….hello million dollar homes and a golf course. #14607353 01/24/23 05:19 PM
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Home Media Take Action for Fairfield Lake State Park
TAKE ACTION FOR FAIRFIELD LAKE STATE PARK

Posted by Kyle Mobley | January 23, 2023


Despite many efforts over the last few months by Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) Chairman Aplin, TPWD executive staff, and various legislators (including Chairmen Perry and King, Senator Schwertner, and Rep. Harris), negotiations for the purchase and continuance of Fairfield Lake State Park are not progressing.

Fairfield Lake State Park is located 6.5 miles from the city of Fairfield and has been operating for more than 50 years with 80,000 visitors a year is under a no-cost lease agreement with Luminant (owned by Vistra Corp). The park sits on the southwest side of the 2200-acre lake, which is used to cool Luminant’s power plant. The State Park has two boat ramps to access the lake, a popular local fishing spot for bass and catfish. Along with fishing, the park was one of many state parks that offered drawn hunts for white-tailed deer.

As such, we wanted to alert you to a looming deadline that TPWD faces. Luminant/Vistra and Todd Interests, a development company from Dallas that has the property under contract and who plan to extinguish the state park lease if they proceed, have told TPWD and key legislators that if some arrangement is not worked out by February 3rd, the Department will be given a 120-day notice of lease termination. That would mean the Department would need to start making plans immediately to close the park, just as we begin celebrating the State Parks Centennial year. Losing a state park and a hugely popular 2,200-acre adjoining fishing lake to a private real estate development is not desirable for the state, the public, or conservation and outdoor recreation interests.



Multiple meetings and conversations with Todd Interests and Luminant/Vistra have been held, but to date, there has not been any impending agreement that could keep the state park from closing. Luminant/Vistra has elected to sell their entire property and has a contract to sell the approximately 5,000-acre property, including the state park property and the lake, to Todd Interests for a high-end golf course development and private lake. Todd Interests and Luminant/Vistra have told TPWD and Legislative leadership that the state park lease will not be continued, as the property and lake will be developed and marketed as a private, gated lakefront community with exclusive access to the lake.

TPWD also wants to buy the Vistra/Luminant land and lake, to continue and expand the state park. This would greatly expand Texas public lands and critical fishing and hunting access. Senators Perry and Schwertner, District representatives, and Chairman King and Rep. Harris, who also represents the district, favor keeping the park and acquiring the property. TPWD has until February 3 to see if a solution can be agreed upon. Chairman Aplin and the TPWD Commission will discuss this issue publicly at the Commission work session on Wednesday, January 25, 2023.

Backcountry Hunters & Anglers will always fight to keep public lands in public hands. The Texas Chapter is committed to saving Fairfield State Park and the important access it holds to the public for outdoor recreation, hunting, and fishing. Please let TPWD and your elected officials know to keep this public land. Listed below are contacts for specific officials vital to the representation of this issue and links to public testimony for the January 2023 TPWD Commission Meeting.

Streaming Event Access and Public Testimony Instructions weblink: https://tpwd.texas.gov/about/remote-participation

Who represents you? Click here to find your local representative.



The Honorable Charles Perry

State Senator

Chair on Water, Agriculture, and Rural Affairs

P.O. Box 12068

Capitol Station

Austin, TX 78711

512-463-0128

512-463-2424



The Honorable Charles Schwertner

State Senator

P.O. Box 12068

Capitol Station

Austin, TX 78711



The Honorable Tracy King

State Representative

Room GW.16

P.O. Box 2910

Capitol Station

Austin, TX 78711


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Re: Bye bye Fairfield….hello million dollar homes and a golf course. [Re: SteezMacQueen] #14607355 01/24/23 05:20 PM
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Re: Bye bye Fairfield….hello million dollar homes and a golf course. [Re: SteezMacQueen] #14607362 01/24/23 05:24 PM
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You mean the developer isn't gonna pay all that money and let Joe q public run all over the place.... shocker.

Re: Bye bye Fairfield….hello million dollar homes and a golf course. [Re: SteezMacQueen] #14607370 01/24/23 05:31 PM
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Re: Bye bye Fairfield….hello million dollar homes and a golf course. [Re: SteezMacQueen] #14607379 01/24/23 05:36 PM
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Luminant is the only group anyone should be "mad" at if you are going to be mad at anyone. I've tried to work with Luminant on another lake they own for years and its like talking to the wall. Even tried some other routes with the help of TPWD and it went nowhere. Luminant was shocked when they got the price they did for Fairfield. I don't blame the Todd family for doing whatever they want with it given the amount they are paying for it.


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Re: Bye bye Fairfield….hello million dollar homes and a golf course. [Re: SteezMacQueen] #14607390 01/24/23 05:42 PM
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Maybe an endangered species needs to be "found" at the lake itself.... roflmao

Re: Bye bye Fairfield….hello million dollar homes and a golf course. [Re: SteezMacQueen] #14607394 01/24/23 05:44 PM
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Re: Bye bye Fairfield….hello million dollar homes and a golf course. [Re: SteezMacQueen] #14607403 01/24/23 05:49 PM
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Re: Bye bye Fairfield….hello million dollar homes and a golf course. [Re: SteezMacQueen] #14607431 01/24/23 06:20 PM
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Re: Bye bye Fairfield….hello million dollar homes and a golf course. [Re: SteezMacQueen] #14607434 01/24/23 06:22 PM
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Greed, luminant doesn't care what happens to it if they get paid.

Re: Bye bye Fairfield….hello million dollar homes and a golf course. [Re: SteezMacQueen] #14607437 01/24/23 06:24 PM
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The state had the opportunity to buy it also.



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Re: Bye bye Fairfield….hello million dollar homes and a golf course. [Re: Chris G] #14607444 01/24/23 06:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Chris G
Luminant is the only group anyone should be "mad" at if you are going to be mad at anyone. I've tried to work with Luminant on another lake they own for years and its like talking to the wall. Even tried some other routes with the help of TPWD and it went nowhere. Luminant was shocked when they got the price they did for Fairfield. I don't blame the Todd family for doing whatever they want with it given the amount they are paying for it.


If you were Luminant wouldn't you sell to the highest bidder? As a publicly traded company (Vistra) they have an obligation to their shareholders. Has TPWD offered a competitive bid as compared to Todd? Free markets is what makes us great as a country. I don't blame the Todd family either. They have taken on huge risk with the potential for a huge reward. I love capitalism.


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Will they pay the state any for the natural resources supplied from taxpayer dollars in the lake. Or will the state look to remove some of the resources before the lake becomes private?


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Originally Posted by LeonSulak
Will they pay the state any for the natural resources supplied from taxpayer dollars in the lake. Or will the state look to remove some of the resources before the lake becomes private?

We anglers should start removing the resources.


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