For the next five years, Pflugerville city officials are planning a total of 132 capital improvement projects, or CIPs, totaling $2.2 billion, according to a May 14 staff presentation.

The city of Pflugerville's planned spending more than doubles the amount other similar-sized cities in Central Texas have planned, according to city documents.
By the numbers

The proposed capital improvement plan for 2025-29 includes projects related to water, reuse water, wastewater, facilities, transportation, drainage and parks.

Three utility projects already underway represent the most expensive cost for the city, totaling an estimated $1 billion.

The anticipated population growth in Pflugerville, expected to reach 137,816 by 2030, may be one reason staff continues pushing for utility projects. This growth will significantly increase the demand for water, projected to rise by 97%, according to previous reporting by Community Impact.

“The CIP plan is designed to plan, prioritize and coordinate capital improvement projects to work towards meeting today’s needs as well as those of the future,” city documents state.

Projects are based on the city’s comprehensive plan, department-specific master plans, infrastructure conditions, resident input and growth.

In addition to the water and wastewater projects, city staff highlighted several other projects as top priorities, including:
  • Facilities: city hall, public works complex
  • Drainage: downtown regional detention pond
  • Transportation: Wilke Ridge Lane expansion, Parkway Drive reconstruction, Pfenning Lane extension, Old Austin Hutto Road extension, Terrel Lane extension
  • Parks: 1849 Park improvements, new recreation center
  • Utilities: reclaimed water line along Weiss Lane, wastewater treatment plant expansion, New Sweden interceptor and lift station, pipe improvements, Pfenning Lane ground storage tank rehabilitation, water treatment plant expansion, Secondary Colorado River raw water line
The impact

City staff anticipate roughly half of the total cost being footed by future debt issuance for nonutility projects and close to 40% for utility projects.

Much of the project spending is outlined for fiscal year 2025-26, according to city documents.

Jonathan Coffman, a member of the planning and zoning board, informed council the board requested staff align each project with the strategic pillars of the city's comprehensive plan.

“We just felt really strongly that it was important to make sure that in addition to looking at the return and the outcome from all these projects, that it also is clearly mapped, and we can communicate really effectively around why these projects are important,” he said.

City Council will continue to evaluate and discuss with staff plans for the CIP, with a formal approval of the five-year plan expected to come during this September's budget adoption.