Meritage Homes proposes 286-acre municipal utility district in Hutto

A rendering of a possible park design for Harvest Farms.
Amenities and parks at Harvest Farms would have a farm theme. (Rendering courtesy city of Hutto)

Amenities and parks at Harvest Farms would have a farm theme. (Rendering courtesy city of Hutto)

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Harvest Farms would be located near FM 1660 and the under-construction Southeast Loop. (Courtesy city of Hutto)
Harvest Farms, a 286-acre master-planned municipal utility district, has been proposed for southeast Hutto near FM 1660.

Developed by Meritage Homes, the MUD would include a total of 1,090 single-family homes ranging in price from the mid-$300,000s to the low $600,000s as well as 51 acres of park space, according to a presentation by Meritage representative Elliot Jones at Hutto City Council's regular meeting Dec. 16.

As presented, the MUD's community benefits would total around $27 million over a 30-year period.

Of that, around $19 million would come from utilities including wastewater impact fees and the construction of a new lift station.

Traffic improvements would account for a further $6 million, and the remaining $2 million would come from the construction of new trails.


However, Jones said since the council will not take action on the MUD until next year, these amounts are highly subject to change.

Jones requested the council call a special meeting for the week of Dec. 20 to vote on the item before then, but the council did not agree to call the meeting.

"I'm not going to set a precedent to start calling special meetings to move development projects through," Mayor Pro Tem Tanner Rose said.

Despite the uncertainty when it comes to Harvest Farm's contributions, several council members spoke generally in favor of the MUD.

"I like residential on that south side of the future Southeast Loop," Council Member Peter Gordon said. "I think that makes sense there."

The council will consider taking action related to Harvest Farms at a future meeting.
By Carson Ganong

Reporter, Pflugerville/Hutto

Carson became the reporter for the Pflugerville-Hutto edition of Community Impact Newspaper in August 2021. Before joining CI, Carson studied journalism at Texas State University, where he covered San Marcos as a reporter for Texas State's student newspaper, The University Star.