Update: Leander City Council OKs zoning for restaurant, retail development

Leander Marketplace PUD would be located at the northeast corner of Hero Way and US 183. (Screenshot courtesy city of Leander)
Leander Marketplace PUD would be located at the northeast corner of Hero Way and US 183. (Screenshot courtesy city of Leander)

Leander Marketplace PUD would be located at the northeast corner of Hero Way and US 183. (Screenshot courtesy city of Leander)

Updated Aug. 5

Leander City Council gave final zoning approval Aug. 5 for the Leander Marketplace planned-unit development in a 5-2 vote.

Council Members Jason Shaw and Becki Ross voted against approval. The 8.5-acre development, located on the corner of US 183 and Hero Way, will include restaurants, retail and possibly office space.

Original post July 16

Restaurants, retail space and possible office space are planned in a new Leander development at the corner of US 183 and Hero Way.


Leander City Council approved the first zoning reading for a proposed development called Leander Marketplace on July 15 in a 5-2 vote; Council Members Becki Ross and Jason Shaw voted against approval. Council asked to include added prohibited uses within the development, which will be heard in a second reading scheduled for Aug. 5.

The 8.5-acre development south of Capital Metro's Leander Station would include restaurants, retail and potentially office space. The project will also include parking, an outdoor playground, outdoor seating and a trail connection. Development plans show East Street extended north of Hero Way.

Tonya Swartzendruber, who represents the developer, said tenant discussions are underway with Hat Creek Burger Co., Torchy’s, Spec’s, Pluckers, Maudie’s Tex-Mex, Sherwin-Williams, Raising Cane’s, Cabo Bob’s and several more businesses. There are three one-tenant buildings and likely two multitenant buildings, though one tenant could fill one of the buildings.

The proposed development differs from the identically named Leander Marketplace flea market located on 183A Toll.

The proposed zoning would change the property to a planned unit development, or PUD, with a base zoning district of general commercial. The property would also be removed from the Leander Transit Oriented Development District. Concept plans and a preliminary plat are also part of the proposed PUD.

The planning and zoning commission recommended denial of the zoning request in May with a 3-2 vote.

By Trent Thompson

Reporter, Austin Metro

Trent joined Community Impact Newspaper as an intern in May 2021 after graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Texas, Austin in December 2020. In July 2021, he was promoted to Austin Metro reporter. He covers several news beats from education and government to dining, transportation, nonprofits, and healthcare. However, his primary beat is business and development. Before working at CI, Trent wrote for The Daily Texan, UT's daily student newspaper, and worked on many projects of his own for his undergraduate program. In his free time Trent writes poetry, spends time with loved ones, and watches Star Wars for the hundredth time, including other new movies.

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.