The quarry is operated by Ranger Excavating, whose operation lease ends June 30, 2023. Blasting at the site will end in 2021, Assistant City Manager Chris Copple said, but extraction will continue through 2022.
Cedar Park City Council authorized a resolution Dec. 3 with Perkins and Will Inc. for an end of mining plan. The plan will cost up to $190,000 and will be funded through the city of Cedar Park's Community Development Corp. Type B Board.
In 2015, Cedar Park purchased the 216-acre Lime Creek Quarry for $4.1 million from the city of Austin. City Council requested a feasibility study in May 2019 to determine the viability of redeveloping and reusing Lime Creek Quarry. The city also selected Perkins and Will Inc. to complete the study for $150,000.
The study, completed in early 2020, recommended a phased approach to redevelopment, according to the city. The first step would be an end of mining plan “to ensure a smooth physical transformation of the active quarry to a site that is suitable for redevelopment," per the study.
The firm presented three development scenarios to City Council at the Dec. 3 meeting. One scenario focused on low-density and medium-density residential areas. Another presented destination recreation uses for mixed-use development. A third option presented 25% of office space and a mix of high-density residential, neighborhood commercial and other land uses.