Georgetown City Council unanimously approved an agreement during the May 28 meeting to create a municipal utility district in the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction.

The overview

Named Ragsdale Ranch, the new 336-acre subdivision will be located north of FM 3405 between Beltorre Drive and CR 289. It will consist of 1,161 single-family residences, according to city documents.

The ordinance adopted a series of obligations regarding land use and development, transportation, and water and wastewater utilities. It also names GBRK Edgewood as the primary developer of the property.

Development standards include architectural and masonry requirements, an elevated streetscape with shade trees and a minimum requirement of 1,200 square feet of enclosed living space.

The developer will also participate in building lanes as part of the planned six-lane road connecting FM 3405 and Ronald Reagan Boulevard, including four lanes on their property and two of the lanes not on their property, Assistant City Manager Nick Woolery said.

Part of the agreement also includes 17.1 acres of public parkland, the construction of a private amenity center, pedestrian and bike trails, multisport courts, picnic tables and benches, splash pads, dog parks and multiage playgrounds.

As part of the agreement, the city will be the exclusive provider of water, wastewater and waste disposal. However, the city will not provide police, fire or emergency medical services.

What they’re saying

Eight residents spoke against the MUD during the May 28 meeting, citing concerns about the neighborhood’s proposed density, added traffic and strains on the water infrastructure.

Mayor Josh Schroeder encouraged residents to speak with city staff further, explaining state law was impacting the city’s decision to approve the MUD.

During the May 14 meeting when City Council first discussed the proposal, council member Kevin Pitts alluded to Senate Bill 2038, which would allow the developer to pull out of the ETJ and build their neighborhood without the city’s involvement.

"Had these folks not worked with us, we would have had more units," Pitts said. "They reduced their units by 23% by working with us."