West Lake Hills votes to terminate $1.58M development agreement

Legacy DCS presented its inspirations for one of the home models its initial proposal for 110 Westlake Drive. (Courtesy Legacy DCS)
Legacy DCS presented its inspirations for one of the home models its initial proposal for 110 Westlake Drive. (Courtesy Legacy DCS)

Legacy DCS presented its inspirations for one of the home models its initial proposal for 110 Westlake Drive. (Courtesy Legacy DCS)

West Lake Hills will not be moving forward with the sale of a city-owned tract of land located at 110 Westlake Drive, which officials said was a transaction that could have provided the city about $1.58 million in revenue.

Following an executive session during a June 30 special meeting, council unanimously voted to authorize Mayor Linda Anthony to execute a termination agreement with the developer, Legacy DCS.

City Administrator Travis Askey said the city has no comment on the decision to terminate the agreement at this time.

Legacy DCS was awarded a contract in 2018 after the city’s evaluation of at least 10 site plan proposals for the 2.46-acre plat. Legacy presented a five-home subdivision plan, which averaged about 4,000 square feet per unit. The site plan consisted of solar energy one- and two-story homes priced between $1.49 million and $1.69 million.

Council was required to approve all site plans to close on the sale, per the terms of the contract.

Prior to council’s decision, Paul Shepard, the Legacy DCS director of development, said the firm was surprised by the city’s consideration to terminate the contract.

“To be totally upfront, we were a little caught off guard by the city’s position to change things and terminate,” Shepard said. “We felt like we have been really trying hard to figure out everything that the city was requiring.”

In January, council unanimously rejected two land use ordinances put forth by the firm requesting Legacy DCS be reimbursed for all costs and expenses related to drainage improvement designs. The authorization of an off-site drainage improvement and maintenance agreement was also rejected.

Legacy was preparing to submit an updated engineering plan when the firm received notice of the potential termination in early June, according to Shepard.

It is unclear when or if West Lake Hills will consider future proposals for the site. Moving forward, no additional plans have been announced, according to Askey.
By Amy Rae Dadamo
Amy Rae Dadamo is the reporter for Lake Travis-Westlake, where her work focuses on city government and education. Originally from New Jersey, Amy Rae relocated to Austin after graduating from Ramapo College of New Jersey in May 2019.


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