Round Rock: City Rezones East Side Tract to Accommodate Townhomes
Feature Photo (above): An older Google Earth photo shows a single now-vacant home on a Round Rock tract where 56 townhomes are planned.
by Edmond Ortiz
Round Rock (Williamson County) — A developer new to Round Rock looks to help increase the city’s supply of multifamily housing options.
The City Council voted July 11 to approve the first reading of an ordinance rezoning 6.51 acres at the northeast corner of Joyce Lane and Gattis School Road from Single-Family-Standard Lot to Multifamily- Low Density.
The rezoning will accommodate a project tentatively called Townhomes at Gattis. City and Texas Secretary of State records list Green Adobe Developers LLC as the owner of the property. Green Adobe is registered to Vinodkumar Kikani and an address in Katy, Texas.
Brad Wiseman, the city’s planning director, told the council that the property owner proposes 56 units in the new townhouse community.
Planned amenities include a small park, dog wash area, children’s playscape, fitness center with pool, and an event pavilion with a barbecue area.
The 56-unit number falls below the density limit in the approved rezoning — 12 units per acre. The zoning category regulates building height to two and a half stories.
Green Adobe’s property is in the east side of Round Rock, across from Howe Park and the local Challenger School campus.
This East Round Rock tract was recently rezoned for low-density multifamily development. Courtesy image/Green Adobe Developers
The city annexed the property in 1984 and zoned it Single Family-Standard Lot in 1994. One vacant house currently sits on the tract in question and will be demolished to make way for the townhomes.
Much of the land west and north of Green Adobe’s property is zoned for Single-Family, while land zoned commercial lies to the immediate east. The future townhomes will be a short distance from Cedar Ridge High School and several businesses along Double Creek Drive.
“This site is a good transition from single-family uses toward commercial uses and other non-residential,” Wiseman told the council.
Planning and Zoning Commission voted 7-0 to recommend approval of rezoning the tract. According to city records, two area residents did previously express concern about increasing traffic on Gattis School Road, which is seeing more development on the whole.
Single-family housing has long dominated the city’s overall housing stock, but there’s been an uptick in multi-family development entering town in the last several years as Round Rock has experienced more residential and business growth.
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.