The request for the amendment was made due to site design standards that make the design of a big-box type of retail building difficult, Georgetown Planning Director Sofia Nelson said.
“The original [Wolf Lakes Village planned unit development] had the store facing north and the parking field internal to the development. The amendments turn the store so that it faces West University [Avenue] instead," said Jared O’Brien, director of real estate for H-E-B. “We were very concerned about traffic issues and ingress and egress issues that a north facing store would create. From a branding perspective, it works much better for H-E-B to have a south-facing store, and the parking lot becomes much more functional.”
The amendment will allow for the Wolf Lakes Village PUD to provide additional flexibility as the project moves from conceptional planning and entitlements to side design, Nelson said.
With the passing of this amendment, the PUD will be able to revise the terms for architectural design, street character zones, open spaces and amenities, parking lots, utility screening, signage and terms for modification, Nelson said.
The Wolf Lakes Village PUD is located on the north side of W. University Avenue between I-35 and Wolf Ranch Parkway.
IN OTHER NEWS:
- City Council denied Oncor Electricity Delivery Company LLC’s request to increase distribution rates within the city. If the request had been approved, Oncor customers would have seen a $1.35 increase in their bills, said Mayra Cantu, assistant to the Georgetown city manager. To see more item's from the May 11 regular meeting agenda, click here.