Lockhart: New Commercial Space Envisioned for Rezoned 5 Acres
Featured Photo (above): An undeveloped 79-acre tract in East Lockhart is being eyed for five acres of retail development to complement a new residential subdivision. Image: Google Streets
By Edmond Ortiz
Lockhart (Caldwell County)–City Council voted March 17 to rezone an undeveloped 5-acre parcel for commercial space.
The 5-acre parcel is part of an undeveloped 79-acre tract at 1801 Blackjack St. that council approved for residential development.
According to the rezoning application, Waterloo Development Inc. applied for the rezoning on behalf of GABP1 RE LLC, the property owner.
Seventy-four acres on the triangle-shaped property are now rezoned from agriculture to high-density residential.
While high-density residential permits multifamily residential, Waterloo has indicated that preliminary plans are limited to detached single-family housing.
The newly rezoned commercial acreage is located on the western end of the tract, closer to the intersection of Lovers Lane and Old Kelley Road.
The newly rezoned 79-acre tract is located on Blackjack Street, also known as Farm Road 20. Image: City of Lockhart
In the rezoning application form, Waterloo proposes retail for the 5-acre commercial plot, but no other details are currently available. The commercial rezoning permits offices, retail stores and restaurants by-right.
No description was provided on their construction schedule, cost or delivery method. VBX members may track this project using ID number: 2020-2737.
City staff, in their rezoning review, wrote that the commercial rezoning is consistent with the general heavy commercial designation on the city’s land use map.
Some landowners with property near Waterloo’s interest opposed the rezoning, concerned that mixed-use development will result in a variety of problems in the immediate area. Two single-family subdivisions are located to the east and southwest of the property in question.
“We believe high density residential and commercial medium business development will damage the value of our neighboring properties, and adversely influence noise pollution, light pollution, littering and traffic in our community,” property owner Richard Schmidt Jr. wrote to the city.
The 79 acres had a 2019 agricultural valuation of $376,950 in 2019, according to Caldwell County Appraisal District records.
Edmond Ortiz is a lifelong San Antonian and a 20-plus-year veteran in local journalism, He previously worked full-time at the San Antonio Express-News, and has been freelancing for outlets such as the Rivard Report.