3 Things to know
About major projects to address local mobility issues
In July, Georgetown City Council approved the final draft of the Williams Drive Corridor Study following an 18-month-long planning process organized by the city and the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization
The comprehensive study explored how to alleviate congestion in the Williams corridor with a broad focus that included recommendations related to multimodal transportation, land use, economic development, housing and the environment.
The final plan recommends Georgetown focus within the next four years on improving traffic congestion, circulation and operations within the Williams corridor from Austin Avenue to Jim Hogg Road.
The study’s final version also recommends that initial improvements address bicycle and pedestrian upgrades, aesthetic enhancements and improved land-use planning to bolster economic development.
Proposed projects will require approval from City Council before work begins.
2. GoGeo bus service
Georgetown’s first fixed-route public transit system launched Aug. 21 with four bus routes running weekdays and Saturdays. The system’s funding includes a combination of federal money through Capital Metro, local money from the city budget’s general operating fund and a grant from the Georgetown Health Foundation. GoGeo’s annual operation is expected to cost about $757,000, according to the city.
All GoGeo routes will meet at a central stop at Georgetown Public Library, located at 402 W. Eighth St. Planners designed the routes to allow buses to complete round trips within 25 minutes.
GoGeo bus service is operated by the Capital Area Rural Transportation System, also known as CARTS. In addition to GoGeo, CARTS also operates a Red Line interurban bus route that will stop at the Georgetown library and offer service into Round Rock and Austin.
The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization transportation policy board approved $2 million in funding in 2017 for Round Rock to begin a study of transportation options along its portion of the abandoned rail corridor.
Round Rock officials pushed to have the MoKan corridor study because of its proximity to the planned location of the extension of Kenney Fort Boulevard.
After Georgetown ISD voters approved a $160.6 million bond referendum in November 2015, the district enters its 2017-18 school year with several school sites in stages of construction or renovation. Those sites include Wagner Middle School, which is expected to open in late fall 2017. Wagner classes will be held in the former Williams Elementary School until then. District officials plan to turn the former elementary school campus into a leadership and learning center for GISD administrators.
603 Lakeway Drive, Georgetown
Superintendent: Fred Brent
Assessment test scores for the distrtict are available online at communityimpact.com.
Where Georgetown is growing: Residential communities
With more people moving to the area every day, residential development is increasing. This guide to new communities is designed to help you find new homes in the area that are currently under construction.
1. Cimarron Hills
Lots: 319, anticipated 606 at build-out
Sales price: $300,000s-mid-$700,000s
Square footage: 1,400-7,097
Builders: Dream Finders Homes, Drees Custom Homes, GH Reserve, Sitterle Homes
Liberty Hill ISD
2. Deer Haven
Sales price: $414,900-$519,900
Square footage: 2,237-4,724
Builder: Drees Custom Homes
3. The Gardens at Verde Vista
Sales price: $300,000s-high $400,000s
Square footage: 1,600-2,806
Builder: Spicewood Communities Builders
4. La Conterra
Sales price: $230,000s-mid-$280,000s
Square footage: 1,792-3,475
Builder: KB Home
Sales price: from the $310,000s
Square footage: 2,310-4,016
Builders: Coventry Homes, Gehan Homes, Wilshire Homes, Perry Homes
6. Morningstar Ranch
Sales price: $230,000s-$400,000s
Square footage: 1,471-3,528
Builders: KB Home, Steve Klein Custom Builder, Westin Homes, Meritage Homes, Vintage Estate Homes
Liberty Hill ISD
7. Oaks at San Gabriel
Sales price: $280,000s-$440,000s
Square footage: 1,596-3,899
Builders: Ashton Woods, Brohn Homes, Highland Homes, Scott Felder Homes
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8. Old Mill Crossing
Sales price: $210,000-$235,000
Square footage: 1,459-1,716
Builder: Grand Endeavor Homes
9. Rancho Sienna
Lots: about 1,500 at build-out
Sales price: $215,000-$489,000
Square footage: 1,417-3,918
Builders: CalAtlantic Homes, Castlerock Communities, D.R. Horton, Chesmar Homes, Perry Homes, Emerald Homes, Pulte Homes, Sittlerle Homes, Trendmaker Homes
Liberty Hill ISD
Lots: 830, anticipated 1,220 at build-out
Sales price: $239,990-$294,990
Square footage: 1,610-2,793
Builders: Century Communities, Pacesetter Homes
Lots: 1,200 in Georgetown
Sales price: from the $300,000s
Square footage: 1,600-3,000
Builders: CalAtlantic Homes, Centerra, Chesmar, D.R. Horton, Lennar, Partners in Building, Perry Homes, Village Builders, Wes Peoples Homes, Westin Homes
12. Water Oak at San Gabriel
Lots: 218, anticipated 2,900 at build-out
Sales price: $299,900-$449,000
Square footage: 1,800-4,400
Builders: Brookfield Residential, Chesmar Homes, Sitterle Homes, Wilshire Homes
13. Wolf Ranch
Sales price: $300,000s-mid-$500,000s
Square footage: 1,822-4,373
Builders: Coventry Homes, David Weekley Homes, Drees Custom Homes, M/I Homes, Wilshire Homes