Marble Falls: Townhome Community Project Proposal Receives Zoning Change From City
Feature Illustration: An exhibit site plan by Vincent Gerard & Assoc. Inc. for the proposed townhome development.
by Art Benavidez
Marble Falls (Burnet County) — A 14.9-acre site that is proposed to become a 48-townhome community received a zoning change from City Council earlier this month.
The requested bifurcated change converts an 11.44-acre tract from General Commercial District (GC) to Neighborhood Commercial District, and a 3.48-acre tract from Neighborhood Residential District (NR) to Transitional Residential District (TR).
The undeveloped property is irregular shaped and located on US Highway 281 along the Whitman Branch Creek in the central portion of the city.
The site currently has frontage on US 281, Mormon Mill Road and Commerce Street.
Access to the development is being proposed at Mormon Mill Road and Commerce Street.
Aerial view of site. Image: City of Marble Falls.
Vincent G. Huebinger with the Austin-based land consulting company Vincent Gerard & Assoc. Inc. submitted a letter to the city stating that as a commercially zoned tract, the property was not marketable due to a floodplain located on the western end of the property, and the difficulty of access to the site.
All units would be duplex or triplex type, attached with common wall elements. The units will likely be sold as condominiums, he stated.
“Along with the rezone, we are filing and providing a Conditional Use Permit request and Site Plan detailing the product types, design, dimensions, amenities and private drives for the future development of a combined Conditional Use Site Plan,” Heubinger said.
The most current concept site plan displays triplex units on the 3.44-acre tract. This tract will have vehicular access Mormon Mill Road.
Additionally, the 3.44-acre tract will be limited to a private roadway with six units adjacent to Mormon Mill Road, ample open space and an amenity for the future owners of the townhomes.
The proposed development will consist of 48 units clustered in a townhome style group of three units, with attached garages and a community swimming pool (the aforementioned amenity).
Two conceptual building elevations have been submitted that show a combination of brick, stone, stucco and Hardie board for the exterior.
Huebinger said that the owners of the property, Granger based William H. Scott and Darwin F. Lajab, with Barnett Properties, requested the zoning change in order to make the land marketable for a developer.
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.