Round Rock residents express concerns of housing density, traffic over Camp Doublecreek rezoning

Round Rock City Council approved a rezoning of the Camp Doublecreek property during its May 13 meeting. (Megan Cardona/Community Impact Newspaper)
Round Rock City Council approved a rezoning of the Camp Doublecreek property during its May 13 meeting. (Megan Cardona/Community Impact Newspaper)

Round Rock City Council approved a rezoning of the Camp Doublecreek property during its May 13 meeting. (Megan Cardona/Community Impact Newspaper)

Round Rock residents voiced their concerns over traffic and housing density in the proposed planned unit development, or PUD, on the Camp Doublecreek property during Round Rock City Council's May 13 meeting.

The owners of Camp Doublecreek, a summer day camp located at 800 Double Creek Drive, selected David Weekley Homes to purchase the property earlier this year.

The planning and zoning commission approved a recommendation to rezone the Camp Doublecreek property as a PUD during its April 21 meeting. The proposed project would include around 300 single-family detached and attached residences in the $400,000 range, said Evan Caso, David Weekley Homes land development project manager.

Residents who live nearby the property attended the council meeting, including Cary Decuir. He said he was concerned about how a potentially crowded development could forever change the entire neighborhood.

A longtime Round Rock resident, Decuir said when he bought his house, he and his family felt fortunate to have a large yard in the city that they call home. He said he enjoys seeing the Camp Doublecreek horses when he is sitting on his front porch in the mornings with a cup of coffee.

Because a definite number of units has not yet been decided by David Weekley Homes, Decuir said the city and residents have no idea what the development will actually look like.

"I appreciate what [Camp Doublecreek] has done for Round Rock; it's an institution of Round Rock," he said. "But also, I would like a little consideration for the existing residents."

Finding a way to extend growth while taking into consideration how future developments will affect current residents is essential, he said.

Round Rock resident Kelly Wright said an increase in the number of units could pose potential traffic problems for the neighborhood. She said her house has a raised view of the Camp Doublecreek property from the backyard.

After obtaining the initial PUD application through an open record's request, Wright said David Weekley Homes was initially only proposing 115 to 130 single-family detached units. With a booming housing market, reducing the number of attached units would still make for a profitable project for the developer, she said.

Due to citizen concerns and a petition, Mayor Craig Morgan said the council would wait to hear the second reading and make a final decision during its May 27 meeting.
By Megan Cardona
Megan is the Hutto reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's Round Rock and Pflugerville/Hutto editions. She worked at UT-Arlington's student newspaper, The Shorthorn, for two years before joining Community Impact.


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