Pflugerville: Austin Developer Gets City Council Support for a 96-Acre Mixed Use PUD
Feature Illustration: Artist rendering of the proposed PUD in the southeast portion of the city by Urban Moment.
by Art Benavidez
Pflugerville (Travis County) — City Council held a first reading on an Austin developer’s request to rezone 96.43 acres into a Planned Unit Development (PUD), at Tuesday’s meeting.
The property is located at the southeast boundary of the city limits, north of Cameron Road, just east of SH 130 and west of the 1849 Park.
Urban Moment is proposing to develop Cameron 96 with 383 residential units. They would be a combination of 83 single family homes and 300 duplex units, which the company is calling “Cameron Yardhomes.”
A floodplain on the northern portion roughly bisects the land diagonally in half from west to east. The floodplain will act as a natural division between the sub-development zones that will include:
24-acres of residential single-family
31-acres of parks facilities and open-space
36-acres of residential flex (duplex)
Five acres of commercial mixed-use
Jordan Maddox with the Austin office of Halff Associates represented the project to the commission.
“This is primarily a residential community with mixed use,” he said. “There is commercial support, but what we really wanted to do was design a community. A place to call home with various housing choices with proximity to parks, trails and onsite amenities.”
The development is really focused on open space and the connections to that open space within a cohesive layout within the commercial side, the residential side and the open space side, he added.
Senior Vice President with Urban Moment Felipe Castro said they are a Texas-based development company, with five similar locations in the entitlement process in the greater Austin area, four in the Metroplex area, one in San Antonio, with another on the way, and they had just entered into the Houston area with one location.
The 83 single-family home portion of the development would average to about 60-foot-wide lots and transition into 3,000 square foot homes and sell for high $400,000 and low $500,000, he said.
The 300-unit duplex portion of the PUD marketed towards individuals making a yearly salary between $50,000 and $80,000, he added.
“It fills in a gap of affordability that a lot of people that are trying to buy homes can’t yet accomplish,” Castro said.
The commercial portion of the PUD has the potential for growth.
“The five acres of commercial (land) allocated room for the potential expansion of Cameron Road and allow for that to turn into six acres,” he said. “We’re also creating a landscape buffer between that right-of-way to the buildings so that there is no parking along Cameron (Road) and we have a minimum two-story requirement (in the commercial development).”
City Council is expected to hold a second reading on the item at their Sept. 14 meeting.
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.