Pflugerville: Austin Developer Seeking Landscape Variance Request for 334-Unit Development
Feature Photo: An aerial photo of the proposed site showing two homes currently on the property. Image: Google/VBX Graphic
by Art Benavidez
Pflugerville (Travis County) — The Planning and Zoning Commission is expected to take action today on an Austin developer’s landscape waiver request concerning their 334-unit multifamily project.
Endeavor Real Estate, under its affiliate Cerco Development, has applied for a landscape architectural waiver request to reduce the minimum tree planting requirements for the development.
The city’s unified development code, under the urban center zoning district, calls for a minimum 40% of the lot to be landscaped with one tree and four shrubs per 300 square feet of the total landscape area.
Endeavor Real Estate is stating that they have already maximized the placement of trees onsite and are seeking a 25% variance from the code minimum.
Endeavor Real Estate is intending to buy the 18.062-acre site at 19365 Wilke Lane in the northeast portion of the city and develop an apartment complex currently under the working moniker, Wilke Lane Multi-Family.
There are two houses and associated structures on the property, located along the south side of Wilke Lane between the Highland Park North subdivision and SH 45.
Round Rock-based landscape architects Studio 16:19 has released a proposed landscape plan that shows 11 apartment buildings, a leasing office and a detention pond.
A preliminary plan approved in February established two lots for the development. The two lots will be divided by the extension of Abbeyglen Castle Drive and a 6-foot sidewalk along both sides of the extension.
The two lots are identified as Lot 1 Block A (10.50-acres adjacent to Wilke Lane), and Lot 1 Block B (6.61 acres adjacent to the Highland Park Subdivision).
Luke Phillippi, who leads Endeavor Real Estate multifamily acquisition department, submitted a letter addressing today’s waiver request, stating the requirement to extend Abbeyglen Castle Drive through the center of the property leaves them with 16.16-acres (704,035 SF) of developable area.
The preliminary plan lists the Austin office of Bleyl Engineering and Austin-based Early Land Surveying, LLC on board the project.
Round Rock residents Heather Smith and Brenda Hogan are listed as the property owners.
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.