A possible influx of affordable housing units to the Westlake area has resident groups meeting to discuss the potential impacts on the community.
The Lost Creek Neighborhood Association Civic Affairs Committee and Austin Community Development Manager James May will hold an open discussion July 14 on how Austin’s proposed affordable housing developments might affect Eanes ISD and the surrounding community.
Austin City Council adopted the 10-year strategic housing blueprint in 2017 in an effort to ensure more affordable housing options become available in “high-opportunity” areas, or areas they determined to have the most availability for such developments.
Civic Affairs Committee Chairperson Jim Lear said LCNA hopes to gain clarity from this meeting.
“Will there be a large influx of new students? Will this require rezoning? Will these properties be taxed at the same rate as non-affordable housing? We don’t currently have the answers to these questions,” Lear said.
According to the Austin Strategic Housing Blueprint, roughly 60,000 affordable housing units could be built in Austin by 2027, with approximately 7,217 units allocated to District 8 of Austin City Council, which includes EISD, with a targeted 25% to be distributed to high-opportunity areas in West Austin, including the Barton Creek Square Mall area.
EISD could see an increase in enrollment as a result of the influx of housing units, according to a press release from the LCNA.
Lear said his main concern is whether the community is planning properly.
“I’m neither an opponent or supporter of affordable housing,” he said.
The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. in the Lost Creek Limited District building located at 1305 Quaker Ridge Drive in Lost Creek.