Leander approves Horizon Lake subdivision plan, land-use change

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Leander Metropolis Council accepted an idea plan and land-use modifications for the Horizon Lake Deliberate Unit Growth on March 5. (Neighborhood Impact File Picture)

In Leander, 201 undeveloped acres might quickly flip into 500 houses and 89.5 acres of parkland.

Leander Metropolis Council accepted an idea plan and land-use modifications for the Horizon Lake Deliberate Unit Growth and Transit Oriented Growth (PUD/TOD) on March 5. The proposed subdivision is situated southeast of US 183 and South Road in Leander.

Permitted idea plans embody 500 single-family houses between 1,500-Three,700 sq. ft, mentioned Peter Verdicchio, a principal of Austin-based land planning firm SEC Planning, LLC, which is the challenge agent. Earlier than the March 5 land-use change, 1,200-1,500 flats may have been constructed on the realm, Verdicchio mentioned. The town has acquired one applicant to develop the neighborhood.

The approval additionally strikes the business hall to the northern border of the property beside South Road/RM 2243, as an alternative of the western border alongside US 183, changing the previous business hall with residential land. Moreover, the land that will maintain houses and a future park shall be zoned as residential neighborhood.

A deliberate park can have a fishing pier, strolling path, pavilion, picnic space, off-street parking and playground tools, Verdicchio mentioned. Because the parkland is privately owned, he mentioned, the developer applicant will donate the park to town to make it publicly accessible. Verdicchio mentioned the enhancements will price a complete of $500,000.

Throughout the PUD and TOD, the Southwestern Basis, which is represented by SEC Planning, LLC, will personal the business land, and the developer will buy the remaining land.

Verdicchio introduced a number of considerations relating to Horizon Lake’s growth, together with density, environmental impacts, business land space, relationship with Capital Metro and site visitors. A site visitors impression evaluation shall be mentioned additional and deliberate within the subsequent two weeks, Verdicchio mentioned.

On the March 5 assembly, 5 residents spoke out towards Horizon Lake with considerations about site visitors, land and the setting.

Mayor Troy Hill mentioned it may be robust to see areas like the longer term Horizon Park MUD flip into developments, however he mentioned the realm is presently zoned to be flats. Hill mentioned he now not takes calls about house complexes making an attempt to develop in Leander.

“Truthfully, it’s a breath of contemporary air,” he mentioned in regards to the Horizon Lake plan.




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