Facts about THE Sanctuary

Hello Neighbor,

In friendship, I am reaching out to share some information with you about an exciting project in progress on the outskirts of Salado called the Sanctuary.

Deep, Local Roots

  • Our love of Salado begins over 5 generations ago, as beautiful Bell County ranch land has now been owned by our family since 1887.
  • Credit for the Sanctuary’s vision belongs to my mother, Freda, and father, Billie Hanks, Sr., who traveled the world planning to bring the charm of outstanding town sites back to their favorite location in Texas.
  • Our family has long treasured Salado’s streams and heritage trees, so our land plan made sure to incorporate and protect them. 

An Amazing Vision 

  • Some of North America’s best and most experienced town planners were carefully selected to hear my parent’s vision, coupled with Salado’s Scottish history, and create the incredibly special community called the Sanctuary
  • Our team of 5 included nationally known designers, land planners, and architects who all traveled extensively to plan the Sanctuary have created some of our nation’s most romantic destinations.
  • Under our project director Robert Sulaski’s visionary guidance, the overarching theme adopted for the Sanctuary became “a quaint European village meets Texas’ beautiful Hill Country.”
  • The project features: 16 heavily wooded parks, an outstanding neighborhood recreation center, walking paths, water features, 450 single family homes, an apartment community, hotel, outdoor music and entertainment venue, as well as office and retail space clustered along IH-35 – bringing an influx of new economic benefits for Salado.  

Community Input 

  • This long-planned project would not be what it has become without Salado’s much appreciated support.
  • We began by hosting 5 workshops in late 2014 and early 2015. These events gathered the comments of attendees who also loved the beauty of nature and confirmed our family’s vision.
  • Various mutual agreements were signed with the Village, dating back to 2015, when we greatly needed a sewer system. In honor of our grandparents JL and Maggie Cabiness Nutt, our family donated the land needed for the 6 acre a sewer plant, and the required – state discharge permit. The needed bond issues to fund the Public Improvement Districts, or PIDS, which cost Salado nothing, were also agreed on. The bond sales fully provide for the beautiful public areas to be enjoyed by everyone. 

We hope the Sanctuary will soon become a special place for many families to carry out the legacy of personal friendship which our family so deeply values. We are grateful to God for the privilege of providing a place of warmth, well-being, and excellence for current and future generations. For additional information, please periodically visit our website: www.SanctuaryTx.com

Billie Hanks Jr.

“The earth is the Lord’s, and all of its fullness…” (Psalm 24:1)

Proposed Rezoning

Learn about the Sanctuary Public Improvement District (PID)