Cedar Park Council approves land use petition for horizontal mixed-use development called Indigo Ridge North


Cedar Park City Council approved a petition March 8 to consider amending the future land use plan designation on roughly 126 acres that are proposed to become a future mixed-use development on the eastern edge of the city.

Todd Madden, the president of Thompson Morris, said his company planned to develop the property with a mix of uses at the northwest corner of East Whitestone Boulevard and Sam Bass Road. After the city updated its zoning codes in November—which allowed the development of horizontal mixed-use developments—Madden said the company opted to change its plans.

“We said [horizontal]is really want we want to do,” he said. “Our goal is to take our [planned development]that we currently have…we want to take it from 126 acres of disparate uses and really mix those in to create a really integrated community.”

The concept plan for the development, called Indigo Ridge North, shows a hotel, 100,000 square feet of retail, 50,000 square feet of boutique office space, 270,000 feet of office space, 1,050 residential units, 120 high-rise residential units and around 50 acres of mixed-use with residential and non-residential options.

The petition council approved requested a change from a regional office, retail and commercial designation to a planning area designation on the future land use plan, which is a broad category meant to let developers respond to market demands, according to city documents.

Melissa McCollum, a city of Cedar Park planning manager with development services, said a goal in the city’s comprehensive plan was to identify so-called missing places, or areas around the city that could be developed as entertainment districts, an educational campus, walkable mixed-use and business parks, for example.

According to city documents, the “intent of these planning areas is to identify key locations where at least one of the ‘missing places’ is appropriate.”

“I do think we fully understand the market, and living in this area, I’m tired of driving. It used to be going [to]downtown [Austin] and now you go to the Domain,” Madden said. “I’d like to have a place to go that’s local and ours.”

City Council approved the future land use plan amendment petition unanimously, which starts the process of letting the company make their case for a new future land use plan designation.

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  1. Why in the heck does Cedar Park think THIS location makes any sense for such high density traffic? Why is 183A not being utilized instead. The Parke could easily have managed this sort of development versus the huge footprint that consists of more parking space than stores. Indigo should be a housing development vs a huge commercial property. Traffic is already horrible in the area. Sam Bass from Round Rock is a tiny 2 lane road with low speeds and should stay that way.

    • Agree! The sad part is it’s a sh*t show developer’s dream in this area… meaning flash some cash and you get the prize. I’m all for progress… but if another nail salon or mattress store comes to the area I’m out.

  2. The scope and magnitude of a project such as Indigo Ridge REQUIRES public input of ALL nearby residents BEFORE the city council and p&z allow it to proceed. Per the various neighborhood websites, the public seems VERY divided on Indigo Ridge.

    I also question the success of this project based on the location: all other similar projects are near highways for sustainability and ease of traffic flow—where they should be—but not Indigo Ridge: to be situated on an increasingly congested ranch to market already riddled with traffic lights, and intersecting Sam Bass: a road to be widened to only three lanes, per Wilco on April 23rd, given the nearly 30 private driveways and school bus stops along its winding, hilly, 2.5-mile length since it’d be terribly irresponsible and dangerous to widen it anymore. This is a rural road lined with heritage trees, crawling with deer, and the occasional loose pet.

    Many people move to the suburbs to buy their first single family home, not to live stacked up on top of each other in apartments and condos, and Wilco cities will forever be suburbs of Austin. There are other lucrative, less impactful projects that would be far more sustainable than Indigo Ridge in this area… and straining our natural resources because some developer is “…tired of driving [to the Domain… 18 minutes from his office],” is absurd.

    Per Commissioner Terri Cook, in a private meeting in January she lamented, “Booms and busts, booms and busts, that’s what Texas is known for.” Yes, indeed, we’re booming now, but we’re headed for a bust if you consistently only engage developers starting at the conceptual level—SO NOT SMART.

Caitlin covers Cedar Park and Leander city councils and reports on education, transportation, government and business news. She is an alumnus of The University of Texas at Austin. Most recently, Caitlin produced a large-scale investigative project with The Dallas Morning News and led education coverage in the Brazos Valley at The Bryan-College Station Eagle. After interning with Community Impact Newspaper for two summers, she joined the staff as a reporter in 2015.
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