Buda: Meritage Homes Receives City Feedback For Proposed Townhome Development
Feature Illustration: Artist rendering for the proposed townhome development by Meritage Homes.
by Art Benavidez
Buda (Hays County) — The Austin office of a national home developer recently sought feedback from City Council for a proposed townhome development.
Meritage Homes is proposing a development agreement with the city, along with planned development (PD) zoning to allow for a 365-unit development, Dacy Lane Townhomes.
Proposed land use plan.
The property is currently zoned Interstate-35 Business (B-3) district zoning and would also seek a base zoning of residential (R-5) zoning.
Mark Baker with SEC Planning, LLC, out of Austin is on board the project, and represented the project to the commission.
“The proposed product that we are bringing is an attached townhome product,” he said. “The conceptual land use plan reflects a combination of attached units in buildings in combinations of three, four, five and six units per building situated on a condo regime.”
Baker added that the project would function like a neighborhood.
Commissioners voiced concern about making the entire project residential and asked Meritage Homes to examine if a retail component would be feasible for sales tax purposes.
The 43-acre property is undeveloped and located south of the Dacy Lane and Suffield Drive intersection in the southwestern portion of the city.
The project proposes:
Eight-foot wide multi purpose trail
An amenity center with a pool and cabana
Pedestrian paseos between buildings
Regional trail connecting to Emerald Crown Trail
20-foot landscape buffer along the northern portion of the development
40-foot buffer along the southern portion of the development
Prototypical streetscape and paseo.
If the project is allowed to move forward, Meritage Homes is proposing to construct a $2.8 million regional lift station to allow for the ultimate expansion of the South Buda wastewater system.
The development is also proposing to expand the access points of Dacey Lane, Hillside Terrace and Windy Hill Road to three lanes.
Further transportation commitments would include the construction of a deceleration lane at Dacy Lane for $125,000, a $142,100 contribution to Hays County for improvements to Hillside Terrace and the donation of a 10-foot right-of-way on the northern portion of the property for future improvements to Suffield Drive.
The projected townhome timeline hopes for construction documentation approval in January 2023 with site construction completed in October of 2023 and the full build out of the project completed by November of 2027.
Art Benavidez (Construction News Reporter, Central Texas) is a seasoned journalist with over 15-years of experience in writing breaking news and in-depth features at the local level. He honed his research and reporting skills in newspapers and magazines throughout South and West Texas along with expertise in crafting digital content as Managing Editor of New Image Marketing Research Corporation. Benevidez is a Texas native and graduate of UT-RGV.