Pflugerville: City Starts Reviewing 419-Acre Mixed-Use Master-Planned Community
Featured Illustration (above): A preliminary rendering of a mixed-use structure closer to Lake Pflugerville as imagined as part of the proposed Lakeside Meadows master-plan community. Image: Vista Planning and Design
By Edmond Ortiz
Pflugerville (Williamson County) — City officials are studying a proposal to transform 419 acres south of Lake Pflugerville into a Planned Unit Development (PUD), a master-planned, walkable community with a range of housing options, and commercial, office, industrial and recreational uses.
The city’s Planning & Zoning Commission recommended approval Monday to rezone the undeveloped land from its current mix of agriculture/development reserve, urban and urban center. The developer is referring to it as Lakeside Meadows.
Austin developer Kerby Ventures has drawn up concept site plans for Lakeside Meadows that pinpoint land uses between Texas 130, East Pecan Street, East Pflugerville Parkway, and Weiss Lane.
Kerby Ventures proposes developing Lakeside Meadows mixed-use, master-planned community east of Texas 130 (left) and along the southern shore of Lake Pflugerville (top). Image: Vista Planning and Design
Kerby has developed destinations such as Flintrock Falls, a luxury home and golf course community in Lakeway, Texas, and Rocky Creek, and a luxury home community in Bee Cave, Texas.
West Lake Hills-based Vista Planning and Design, a land planning and landscape architecture studio, is working on overall preliminary concepts for Lakeside Meadows.
According to the preliminary plan, the community will consist of residential, office, light industrial and retail spaces, all anchored by a civic and entertainment destination that would be located along the south shores of the lake.
“The development will also include a large corporate campus and industrial sites,” a plan on file with the city states.
“The project will be of such a character and complexity that adherence directly to the city’s existing Unified Development Code (UDC) would prevent the project from reaching its full potential for developing a unique urban destination and activity center,” the plan also states.
The land uses ascribed to the site include 35.7 acres of mixed-use commercial space, 22.6 acres of multifamily space, 89 acres of corporate campus space, 70.9 acres of campus industrial space, and 7.69 acres of commercial space with another 50-plus acres dedicated to single-family residential development.
The present draft plan for the new community would dedicate a combined 78.9 acres of land for open/park/green space, but the city would only require up to 19.3 acres for parkland.
Property/homeowner associations will be responsible for maintenance of public parkland within the development.
The draft community plan lays out several development standards and goals:
Provide a unique mix of civic, commercial and residential uses bound by an active urban mixed-use destination to create a center leveraging the proximity of Lake Pflugerville and parkland amenities;
Provide a diversity of housing types including single family detached, attached, multifamily and urban style vertical mixed use;
Provide neighborhoods within walking distance from urban activity and employment opportunities;
Provide a large employment center/corporate campus with jobs near planned residential areas;
Provide unique streetscape sections that enhance the development’s appeal with shade trees, landscaping, sidewalks and bike lanes while supplying a needed overall multi-modal connectivity including off-street trail connections in support of a variety of uses;
Provide extensive parkland and open space amenities that enhance the residential, commercial, and mobility aspects of the development.
Preliminary land use plan for the proposed Lakeside Meadows development. Image: Pape-Dawson Engineers
Kerby Ventures proposes that the first phase of development focus on 50,000 square feet of commercial space along with 250 single family detached lots and 250 multifamily units.
Subsequent phasing include 40,000 square feet of mixed uses, followed by multifamily, single-family and then commercial and industrial.
The developer envisions partnerships will be required to realize a hotel, possibly with a conference center, as a major destination within Lakeside Meadows.
Such a venue, closer to the lake, would be close to ideal spaces for retail, lifestyle/urban destinations, personal services, restaurants and nightlife uses.
Visual and performing arts, too, would be located within public spaces, closer to cafes and children’s playscapes, as well as places for senior citizens.
The preliminary plan also proposes details for streets, parking spaces and structures, wayfinding, and other infrastructure features.
City Council is slated to consider the rezoning on Jan. 14.
A preliminary conceptual of an area blending multi-family residential space and commercial buildings in the proposed Lakeside Meadows development. Image: Vista Planning and Design
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.