Leander mayor tells LISD trustees that city could have 4,000-5,000 new apartments within 4 years

Members of the Leander City Council (seated) met with the Leander ISD board of trustees and Superintendent Bruce Gearing (standing) for a Feb. 11 joint meeting in Leander. During the nearly two-hour meeting, the elected bodies discussed common goals and challenges. (Brian Perdue, Community Impact Newspaper)
Members of the Leander City Council (seated) met with the Leander ISD board of trustees and Superintendent Bruce Gearing (standing) for a Feb. 11 joint meeting in Leander. During the nearly two-hour meeting, the elected bodies discussed common goals and challenges. (Brian Perdue, Community Impact Newspaper)

Members of the Leander City Council (seated) met with the Leander ISD board of trustees and Superintendent Bruce Gearing (standing) for a Feb. 11 joint meeting in Leander. During the nearly two-hour meeting, the elected bodies discussed common goals and challenges. (Brian Perdue, Community Impact Newspaper)

It had been nearly 2 1/2 years since Leander ISD’s board of trustees and Leander City Council held a joint meeting.

Once Leander Mayor Troy Hill’s gavel opened the Feb. 11 meeting in Pat Bryson Municipal Hall, the meeting began with how to deal with the city and district's rapid growth.

Jimmy Disler, LISD’s chief facilities and operations officer, began with a summary of the district’s annual demographer’s report, which provides enrollment projections throughout the 43-school district.

Disler said that 60% of LISD’s new housing is in the city of Leander. Hill then stated growth projections for Leander—especially for the planned Northline development and its adjacent property.

“On March 4, Northline will break ground,” Hill said of the planned 115-acre mixed-use development in the city's transit-oriented development district, which is south of San Gabriel Parkway between US 183 and Toll 183A.


Hill then called on Planning Director Robin Griffin, who confirmed that 2,400 apartments had already been approved for Northline.

“And that’s just one developer,” Hill said.

In the adjacent parcels outside Northline, Hill said at least 1,000 more apartments are likely coming. He also referenced potential apartment complexes coming near the intersection of Ronald Reagan Boulevard and FM 2243.

“We could have 4,000 to 5,000 apartments within four years,” Hill said, a number that city spokesperson Mike Neu confirmed after the meeting.

In addition to the demographer's report, a variety of overlapping concerns were also discussed:

  • sports programs for youth;

  • school safety;

  • disaster and emergency response;

  • A-F accountability rating system; and

  • transportation plans for Raider Way, San Gabriel Parkway and Lakeline Boulevard north of Hero Way West.


Both entities agreed to meet again in the future and potentially appoint a member to serve as a liaison for the other elected body.

Leander Council Member Michelle Stephenson did not attend the joint meeting.
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By Brian Perdue

A native of Virginia's Appalachian Mountains, Brian Perdue has been a journalist since 1992, living and working in Virginia, Washington D.C., Hawaii's Big Island, Southern California and Florida before moving to Austin in 2019.


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