The agreement, which Pflugerville City Council approved on March 28, establishes expectations for the city and master developers Griffin Swinerton and Catellus during early design work on the project.
Under the exclusive negotiating agreement, the city and developers will refine the concept plan for Downtown East in preparation for adopting a full development agreement.
Jeff Nydegger, the city's legal counsel for the project, said exclusive negotiating agreements are typical for larger projects like Downtown East where it takes time to define the details of the project.
"We don't have all the details," Council Member Rudy Metayer said. "We're trying to figure out what this actually looks like—it's amorphous."
Council appointed Griffin Swinerton and Catellus as the master developers for Downtown East in January.
Ground is expected to break on the development in mid-2024, with the city hall and recreation center portions delivering in early 2026, according to city materials.