Pflugerville formally approves downtown code amendments

The approved downtown code amendment changes apply only to future property development and redevelopment and aim to define strategic areas for development. (John Cox/Community Impact Newspaper)
The approved downtown code amendment changes apply only to future property development and redevelopment and aim to define strategic areas for development. (John Cox/Community Impact Newspaper)

The approved downtown code amendment changes apply only to future property development and redevelopment and aim to define strategic areas for development. (John Cox/Community Impact Newspaper)

Pflugerville City Council officially approved Oct. 27 downtown code amendments for its downtown district overlay, a geographic area referred to as the downtown district overlay. The overlay runs from FM 685 down Pecan Street and includes several neighborhoods and subdistricts as part of its classifications.

The code amendments would not rezone any property, said Emily Barron, Pflugerville's planning and development services director. The changes apply only to future property development and redevelopment and aim to define strategic areas for development, Barron said.



The city hosted two discussions with area residents over the summer, where many attendees expressed concerns about the possibility of commercial businesses encroaching into traditional residential spaces. Following those public forums and a Sept. 8 council discussion, the following changes had been made to the code amendments, now approved:

  • clarified uses permitted within transitional compatibility zone, which now prohibit the use of a bar or tavern, body art studios, brewpubs and wine bars, or lounges;

  • increased clarification on parking within transitional compatibility zones, which prioritize new parking;

  • added definitions and detailed graphics defining "across the street" and "across the alley," with regard to parking; and

  • building height clarifications in transitional compatibility zones to coincide with single-family residential dwellings.


Within the downtown core region—running from approximately E. Pecan Street and FM 685 on the east to W. Pecan Street and Meadow Lane in the west—a transitional compatibility zone is included. The intention of the transitional zone is to create "a smoother transition between non-residential and residential uses with context-sensitive development standards," according to city documents.

Denoted in the transitional compatibility zone are requirements and restrictions on building setbacks, maximum lot sizes, building height, landscaping and architectural standards to mirror those of the surrounding community, per documents.


For land use and zoning considerations, the district overlay "restricts or places additional conditions" on land uses that would have been permitted in the base zoning districts, per documents.

Barron said an example of this is, while an automotive repair shop is permitted under a GB1—or general business—land zoning, it would be prohibited under the downtown district overlay if proposed as future development or redevelopment.
By Kelsey Thompson
Kelsey Thompson is the reporter for Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto, where her work focuses on education, city government and community development. Originally from Upstate New York, Kelsey relocated to Austin after graduating from Syracuse University in May 2019.


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