Planning Meeting Details

Planning Meeting
February 11, 2015

We are working closely with neighbors, neighborhood leaders, and city officials as we plan a legacy project in the heart of Austin, Texas.

This incredible parcel of land covers 75 acres close to the intersection of West 45th Street and Bull Creek Road. 

On Feb. 11, we gathered together with neighbors and residents at Congregation Beth Israel to discuss the results of our Vision Survey.

Click here to download the PDF.

You can also view a Screencast narrated by Garrett Martin, our CEO, and Robert Deegan, Principal at Norris Design, which explains the results of the survey. Click here to view the Screencast. 

No plan was announced at the meeting. However, we did discuss what the preferred approach is for the future community: A mixed-used community with residential, commercial and office components. 

Office usage was not highly preferred by the survey respondents. But a mixed-use project with higher density components, like office usage, would create the opportunity to preserve green space. In addition, office usage could result in less traffic than commercial usage. 

We announced the architects for our preliminary site plan:
Overland Partners - http://www.overlandpartners.com
JHP Architecture - http://www.jhparch.com

We also discussed a vision for a community with open space that will be available for public enjoyment, including a “community commons” area in the center of the development. Greenbelts may also be part of the plan. 

A more detailed plan for the future community is expected in 30-45 days. 

Other topics discussed included traffic, water pressure, affordable housing, and zoning. 

Traffic has been mentioned over and over to as a concern. We are working with traffic engineers and the City of Austin to come up with options to handle future traffic demands. 

Water pressure is an important issue. We are working on a plan to provide additional water service to the Bull Creek property. 

We are also examining affordable housing and/or workforce housing options. 

Regarding the zoning approvals any new development may need from the City of Austin, we are looking at our options. There are plusses and minuses to traditional zoning, as well as a Planned Unit Development approach. Until we have a plan, it’s hard to tell which approach is best. 

Moving forward, we are meeting regularly with the Bull Creek Road Coalition (BCRC) to share details about the future community.