Tree of Angels ceremony, Round Rock ISD workshop and more: 6 things to know this week in Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto

A number of important city and school board meetings are set to take place in the coming week. Here is what you need to know:

1. Round Rock ISD workshop
Round Rock ISD board of trustees plans to meet at a board workshop on Tuesday night at 5:30 p.m. The board will receive an update on the changing demographics of the district and discuss potential future bond timelines as part of a strategic plan refresh. This will be the first full board meeting for new trustee Steve Math, who was appointed at the Nov. 16 meeting.

2. Pflugerville City Council to appoint board and committee members
Pflugerville City Council will hold a special meeting Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 6 p.m. to make appointments to a few boards and committees. Council will appoint members to the Pflugerville Community Development Corporation Board of Directors, the Planning and Zoning Commission, the Library Board, the Finance and Budget Committee, the Parks and Recreation Commission and the Board of Adjustment.

3. Williamson County Tree of Angels ceremony 
Williamson County will host its 5th Tree of Angels ceremony at the Williamson County Historic Courthouse Tuesday at 6 p.m. The ceremony honors victims of violent crime through angel ornaments placed on a tree. The county plans to keep the tree lit throughout the holiday season at the District Attorney's office.

4. Gin at the Co-Op District zoning changes
Hutto City Council will vote Thursday night to approve zoning changes on the Gin at the Co-Op District. The zoning changes outline allowances for a range of different aspects within the development, including landscaping details, parking garages, allowances for a nightclub, outdoor entertainment and more. Council members will also vote to authorize the city manager to spend up to $8M in bond proceeds, which were issued on Oct. 12, for infrastructure and equipment costs related to the construction of the Gin at the Co-Op District.

5. First public hearing on the Narrows in Hutto
On Thursday night, Hutto City Council will hold the first public hearing on a proposed amendment to the Planned Unit Development zoning ordinance for the Narrows, a development site at the southwest corner of FM 1660 and CR 137. The amended PUD would allow for a broader scope of non-residential development allowances, such as roadway improvements, parkland dedication and mixed-use businesses.

6. Round Rock Citizen Participation Plan public testimony
At the city of Round Rock's Thursday night council meeting, the council plans to hear public testimony on changes to the City of Round Rock Citizen Participation Plan. The plan, which the city maintains per legal requirements, contains the city's policies and procedures for public involvement in the use of community development block grants. The main purpose of the programs covered by the plan is to improve communities through better housing options, suitable living environments and growing economic opportunities.

By Iain Oldman
Iain Oldman joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after spending two years in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he covered Pittsburgh City Council. His byline has appeared in PublicSource, WESA-FM and Scranton-Times Tribune. Iain worked as the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition and is now working as the editor for the Northwest Austin edition.


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