Plans for Simpson Tract revisited, recommended by Leander zoning commission

The Simpson Tract is outlined in purple on the city of Leander's comprehensive plan.

The Simpson Tract is outlined in purple on the city of Leander's comprehensive plan.

A number of residents came out to the Leander Planning and Zoning Commission meeting July 26 to speak in favor of a change to the city’s comprehensive plan.

In May, the commission heard a rezoning request for a proposed planned unit development on around 69.1 acres called the Simpson Tract, located southwest of the intersection of Journey Parkway and CR 175 in Leander. After over 20 community members spoke against the request—which would have zoned the property single-family townhouse and single-family limited—the applicant tabled the item.

The Simpson Tract returned to the commission with an amendment to the city’s comprehensive plan, which currently includes the property in a neighborhood center and mixed-use corridor, as well as neighborhood residential land use. The applicant requested the property be removed from the corridor and center, leaving it as neighborhood residential.

Neighboring citizens spoke in favor of the comprehensive plan amendment, saying the proposed plan would be a better fit for their area.

“My family and I do not need or want additional retail nearby,” said Brian Leandra, referring to the commercial uses intended for neighborhood centers.

The amendment was recommended unanimously by the commission. At the same meeting, a rezoning request for the Simpson Tract was considered by the commission, which could change the property from single-family rural to single-family compact.

While some area residents spoke in favor of the rezoning, others had concerns about possible increased traffic and how the proposal did not meet the city’s residential lot mix requirements, according to city documents.

The commission recommended approval of the rezoning with the condition that the lot mix requirements are met with 20 percent of the property being a different residential zoning.