The most-read stories of 2020 from Cedar Park, Leander

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District 2243, a proposed planned-unit development, was presented to City Council at its July 2 meeting. The project's zoning change request was later denied. (Courtesy Gensler)

District 2243, a proposed planned-unit development, was presented to City Council at its July 2 meeting. The project's zoning change request was later denied. (Courtesy Gensler)

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Located at the southwest corner of FM 2243 and 183A, expectations are that a fully developed Leander Springs could be valued at $1 billion, according to the city. (Rendering courtesy city of Leander)
These are the 10 most-read non-coronavirus-related stories of 2020 from the Cedar Park-Leander edition of Community Impact Newspaper.

1. Proposed $1 billion development with hotel, residences, 4-acre crystalline lagoon coming to Leander

Leander Springs, a 78-acre, mixed-use project with retail, restaurants, entertainment, hospitality, office and residential components, is coming to town, Leander Mayor Troy Hill announced Oct. 15.

Published Oct. 15

2. Longer school days, less traffic: Leander ISD approves new bell schedule


After nearly two years of discussions and revisions, the Leander ISD board of trustees approved a new bell schedule for the 2020-21 school year at its May 21 meeting.

Published May 26

3. LIST: What is open, closed in Texas and how businesses can operate

Gov. Greg Abbott released Phase 1 and Phase 2 of his plan to reopen Texas businesses with staggered opening dates, varying capacities and business-specific guidelines.

Published May 22

4. More than half of Leander ISD enrollment picks preferred instruction method

The choices for all grades were 48% in-person, 46% virtual and 6% hybrid—offered only in elementary—according to LISD data.

Published July 31

5. Cedar Park officer Chris Dailey resigns following complaint from mayor, council member over Greg Kelley investigation

Sgt. Chris Dailey, the former Cedar Park Police Department detective who oversaw the investigation of Greg Kelley, resigned from the department July 9 effective immediately, according to the city.

Published July 9

6. Former Cedar Park Police Chief Sean Mannix named new Burnet chief

Burnet City Manager David Vaughn confirmed Mannix accepted the position in a July 8 email to Community Impact Newspaper. Mannix withdrew from the position on the day he was set to begin.

Published July 8

7. 290-acre, mixed-use project proposed in Leander

District 2243, a proposed planned-unit development, was presented to City Council at its July 2 meeting. The project's zoning change request was later denied.

Published July 13

8. Thunderbirds' Austin hospital flyover delayed to 3:40 p.m. May 13 due to weather

The Thunderbirds have been conducting flyovers of area hospitals to salute health care workers, first responders and other essential personnel on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.

Published May 12

9. Black Lives Matter protest, march scheduled for June 19 in Cedar Park

Organizer Ashley Thompson said there will be speeches and an opportunity to register to vote before the march begins.

Published June 16

10. Former Cedar Park Police Chief Sean Mannix withdraws from Burnet chief position

The resignation follows a July 8 complaint that Cedar Park Mayor Corbin Van Arsdale and Council Member Mike Guevara filed with the Williamson County district attorney.

Published July 13
By Taylor Girtman

Reporter, Cedar Park and Leander

Taylor Girtman became the reporter for the Cedar Park-Leander edition in February 2020. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Florida.