Pflugerville: Council Gives Initial OK to Rezoning 150 Acres for Mixed Use
Featured Photo (above): Local property owner Tim Timmerman is proposing a rezoning of an undeveloped 150 acres along East Pecan Street for mixed use development. Image: Google Streets
By Edmond Ortiz
Pflugerville (Travis County)–City Council gave preliminary approval to rezoning a vacant 150-acre site where the property owner envisions an urban mixed-use district with walkable neighborhoods and employment centers.
The Timmerman 2020 project was rezoned from agriculture to urban district by unanimous vote on May 12. Owned by Tim Timmerman, the land is located off Pecan Street, between Farm Road 685 and Texas 130.
Tim Timmerman’s property lies between an existing residential subdivision and the proposed Amazon facility site. Image: City of Pflugerville
The proposed mixed-use district would be tucked between the existing Bohls Place subdivision and the Project Charm site where Amazon Inc. reportedly plans to build a 3-million-square-foot distribution facility.
Timmerman’s representative, Paul Linehan, presented the mixed-use concept to the council, saying a preliminary comprehensive plan for the land calls for mixed-use, residential, employment centers, parks and open space.
The property, Linehan said, would encourage medium and high development along the Texas 130 and nearby Texas Highway 45 corridors.
The urban district rezoning permits a wide variety of non-residential uses. These include restaurants, retail, bars, banks, day care facilities, schools, churches, museums, event centers, government facilities and medical offices.
Permitted residential uses are much fewer; they include assisted living, nursing home, condominium, and live/work.
But Timmermann has not proposed any specific types of projects. Timmerman has indicated a 300-foot buffer around certain sites to be developed would be acceptable.
Many residents from the Bohls Place neighborhood have expressed opposition to the proposed development, saying the Timmerman site along with Project Charm could result in a significant increase in noise and traffic in the area.
Some residents said they liked the greenbelt buffer, so as long as it could lead to the creation of hike and bike trails in the area leading to nearby Heritage Park.
While the city’s planning and zoning commission had recommended denial, city staff recommended approval.
VBX members may track this project using ID number: 2020-3BD7.
Timmerman and his development company, Commerce Texas Properties, are based in Hutto and have overseen several mixed-use and residential developments around Central Texas.
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.