Georgetown: Austin Developer Receives PUD Amendment from P&Z Commission
Feature Illustration: Halff Associates rendering of the proposed Bluffview PUD, a residential development of multi-family and residential homes.
by Art Benavidez
Georgetown (Williamson County) — The Planning and Zoning Commission voted in favor of an Austin developer’s request to amend the zoning map on a planned unit development (PUD), and recommended creation of a 68-acre public improvement district.
Wednesday’s action would change the zoning from residential single family to a PUD, with a base zoning district of single family and low-density multifamily.
The project, Bluffview PUD, aims to provide a community that will offer a variety of residential options alongside parkland.
The property is located at the northeast corner along Leander Road between the Riverview Estates neighborhood and the Southwest Bypass in Southwest Georgetown
The property has frontage on the South Fork of the San Gabriel River.
Chris Whitworth, on behalf of Lamy 2243, Ltd., approached the city to request an improvement district to fund infrastructure and other improvements to meet community needs.
The Bluffview PUD master plan is composed of 22.6 acres of multifamily zoning, 44 acres of single family zoning, with 30 acres of developed lot area and 14 acres reserved for parkland and open space.
The Austin office of Halff Associates drafted the concept master plan, which also includes a public trail connection from the subdivision to the future extension of the San Gabriel Regional Trail and then to the nearby Lyndoch Park (situated east of the proposed Bluffview Subdivision).
There are also connections from internal trails within the developed part of the Bluffview Subdivision to the adjacent River Ridge Subdivision.
Bluffview Drive will be the main arterial road throughout the site, according to city documents.
A 10-foot wide trail will be completed with the first phase of street improvements and the opposite sidewalk will be completed with development of the multifamily tract.
Riverdown Road, an adjacent local street stub from the Riverview Subdivision, was constructed decades ago with the possibility of connecting to this property upon development. The creation of this PUD does not provide for the extension of Riverdown Road, but it does allow for a public pedestrian connection between the subdivisions with the open space around an adjacent natural feature.
Lamy 2243, Ltd has also been involved in the development of the mixed-use project Cross Creek Market in Cedar Creek, the 112-acre Lake Creek Village in Austin and the 225 lot Barton Creek West in Austin.
The city council will hold a first reading of the ordinance on Jan. 12 and a second reading on Jan. 26.
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.