Hutto: Minnesota Developer Proposing PUD in Southwestern Portion of City
Feature Photo: Artist rendering of the multifamily portion of the PUD: Image: Roers Companies.
by Art Benavidez
Hutto (Williamson County) — A Minnetonka, Minnesota developer received City Council’s backing Thursday on a state application for low income housing tax credits for a Planned Unit Development (PUD).
The Council’s resolution of “no objection” is one of many steps the developer needs to qualify for a four percent tax credit award from the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs.
The undeveloped property, The Narrows PUD, is located on 38.68-acres at the southwest corner CR 137 and FM 1660 in the southwestern portion of the city.
Roers Companies, the developers, aim to develop a multifamily community for individuals earning 60% of the area median income (AMI).
Roers Companies is also intending to develop the PUD with a mixture of light industrial, commercial and open space.
The open space will include a pedestrian hike and bike trail which will provide connectivity to future city greenbelts.
The unit breakdown of the 312-units includes 72 one-bedroom units, 120 two-bedroom units, and 120 three-bedroom units, all to be distributed amongst 10 buildings. There is also a leasing office and surface parking for 488 vehicles.
Community amenities include outdoor play areas, walking trails, a central clubhouse with a clubroom, fitness center, onsite offices, pool and a community room.
The units will include solid surface countertops, stainless steel appliances, resilient flooring and carpet, washer and dryer, energy efficient lighting and patios/balconies.
The city’s unified development code (UDC) requires private interior drives be 20 feet wide, at a minimum, with 5-foot-wide sidewalks along both sides of all public streets within the PUD. Sidewalks along CR 137 will be separated from the street by a 5-foot minimum width tree lawn.
The UDC also calls for a landscape buffer of at least 15-feet to be constructed along all rights-of way.
An additional 10-foot width trail easement will be dedicated contiguous with the existing 10-foot trail easement on any lot within the PUD that is adjacent to Brushy Creek when the property is platted. The maximum width of the trail easement will be 30-feet.
Additionally, the multifamily lot will be required to construct an eight feet wide concrete public trail within the easement.
A minimum of three public access points will be provided and include a 5-foot-wide public concrete sidewalk that provides connectivity to CR 137 or the adjacent development.
The multifamily lot must provide at least one private connection point, which may be secured to reduce public access to the development. Any fences located along the trail easement must be constructed of masonry, concrete, or wrought iron.
The maximum impervious cover for the PUD cannot exceed 75%. The base zoning district for the PUD is General Commercial.
Cedar Park civil engineers 360 Professional, Services, Inc. are on board the project.
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.