Kyle: Austin Real Estate Firm Proposing 318-Acre PUD Retail, Office and Mixed Housing
Feature Illustration: An artist rendering of people enjoying the town square portion of the PUD by Principle Design Inc.
by Art Benavidez
Kyle (Hays County) — A zoning request for a 318-acre master planned community with retail, office and a variety of housing options around a town square was postponed at last week’s City Council meeting to give the developer time to respond to certain concerns.
City Council decided to postpone a first reading on the request for the rezoning so that the developer, who promised to provide feedback on the project before it is brought back for the first reading.
Council members were concerned about funding for a new elementary school in the proposed planned unit development (PUD), along with traffic concerns.
The 318-property is proposed to be subdivided into 256 acres for single family (R-1-A), 43.9 acres of apartments (R-3-3) and 18.3 acres of retail service district (RS) zoning.
The tract is divided between two existing addresses, 700 and 800 Bunton Lane, on what used to be farm property.
The property for 700 Bunton Lane is approximately 200 acres and the request there is for single family detached residential (R-1-2) zoning. The 118-acre property on 800 Bunton Lane was zoned agriculture and recently annexed by the city.
Rastegar Property Company is holding the land through subsidiaries RPC Kyle LLC and Kyle 120 LLC, and has given the project the working title of 700 Bunton PUD.
The 700 Bunton PUD concept is to create a walkable, diverse, and accessible community in East Kyle with a mix of housing types centered around a plaza to create a vibrant place.
It would include 61 acres of open space, trail system and public park with a pool and amenity site.
The project will have a town center concept with multiple residential and commercial land use types, along with a public-school site. Grist Mill Road will be extended through the property to connect Bunton Reserve and Heidenreich Lane.
Rastegar’s project summary said, “The initial phase of this development will create a brewery/restaurant in the shade of the existing farmhouse and old growth trees to establish an authentic identity and weave in the site’s historic roots.
“The brewery/restaurant will be a new point of pride and gathering place for not only this community but for the city of Kyle. Adjacent to the brewery/restaurant will be a mixed-use area planned for a 3-level office building with a grocery store at its ground level to engage with the town square. The town square will be designed with open areas and native landscapes.”
In efforts to create walkability and commerce for this community, the project proposes 18.90 acres to be developed as a multifamily development around the town square.
The apartment units will be intended for people who are looking to rent while having the benefit of immersing within a community.
A similar housing prototype will include a horizontal multifamily development zone on 17.01 acres. Near to the multifamily zones are a group of blocks intended to be developed as townhouses on 9.76 acres.
The 318-acre development will comprise roughly 40% single family homes, along with the 11 acres to be developed into an elementary school with Hays Independent School District.
Steve Kossl with Principle Design Inc., out of Spring Branch, is 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.