Pflugerville officials to consider creation of 98-acre MUD in land east of city

Meadowlark Preserve would deliver 375 single-family homes. (Rendering courtesy city of Pflugerville)
Meadowlark Preserve would deliver 375 single-family homes. (Rendering courtesy city of Pflugerville)

Meadowlark Preserve would deliver 375 single-family homes. (Rendering courtesy city of Pflugerville)

A 98-acre municipal utility district called Meadowlark Preserve could come to an area just east of Pflugerville.

City Council heard a brief presentation on the MUD during a Dec. 14 meeting, and Emily Barron, Pflugerville's planning director, said the MUD would come before the body in January for official consideration.

The MUD would be located south and east of Jesse Bohls Drive and west of Cameron Road.

City documents state the project would be an in-city MUD, and project developers would seek a voluntary annexation into Pflugerville within 30 days should council approve the proposal in January.

Residents would pay wastewater utilities to the city of Pfugerville and water utilities to Manville Water Supply Corp., according to city documents.


Meadowlark Preserve would deliver 375 single-family homes along with 30 acres of park and open space, a pool, cabana, playground, a fishing lake, parking and trails.

As part of the project, developers said they would commit to construct two lanes of an extension of Pflugerville Parkway and pay an additional $3,000 per unit fee to the city—about $1.125 million.

"[The Pflugerville Parkway extension] would ultimately be a six-lane [road]," Barron said. "Their proposal is to dedicate the right of way for six lanes with construction of two lanes and then add enhancements at the intersection of Cameron [Road] and Pflugerville Parkway."

Additionally, city documents show the Pflugerville Parkway extension would include a bike lane and pedestrian accommodations.

Another component of the proposed agreement involves the city of Pflugerville possibly annexing additional land between FM 973 and Cameron Road as a stepping stone toward annexation into the MUD, Barron said.

Tom Anker, a land development manager representing development company Lennar, fielded questions from council during the Dec. 14 meeting.

Officials' most pressing question involved why the project should be a MUD as they asserted that type of development could result in higher taxes and fees for existing Pflugerville residents.

"There is very little benefit to doing that anymore, other than artificially keeping the purchase price of the home a couple thousand dollars lower," Council Member Doug Weiss said. "Why wouldn't you just take the approach of rolling the infrastructure costs into the lot price [within the proposed development] and not deal with the overhead and the administration of a MUD?"

Anker said infrastructure costs associated with not developing the project as a MUD would make it cost prohibitive.

"But we'll be happy to look into that and get some answers for you during our next visit," Anker said.

City Council will take the matter up again Jan. 11.
By Brian Rash
Brian has been a reporter and editor since 2012. He wrote about the music scene in Dallas-Fort Worth before becoming managing editor for the Graham Leader in Graham, Texas, in 2013. He relocated to Austin, Texas, in 2015 to work for Gatehouse Media's large design hub. He became the editor for the Lake Travis-Westlake publication of Community Impact in August 2018. From there he became a dual-market editor for Community Impact's New Braunfels and San Marcos-Buda-Kyle editions. Brian is now a senior editor for the company's flagship papers, the Round Rock and Pflugerville-Hutto editions.