Kyle officials show enthusiasm for proposed 57-acre multiuse development

While officials on Jan. 19 said they will still need to receive a second hearing of the request to rezone the land, which should come at an upcoming meeting in February, council members expressed excitement about the project. (Screen shot courtesy city of Kyle)
While officials on Jan. 19 said they will still need to receive a second hearing of the request to rezone the land, which should come at an upcoming meeting in February, council members expressed excitement about the project. (Screen shot courtesy city of Kyle)

While officials on Jan. 19 said they will still need to receive a second hearing of the request to rezone the land, which should come at an upcoming meeting in February, council members expressed excitement about the project. (Screen shot courtesy city of Kyle)

A new multiuse development set on 57 acres in Kyle looks to be on the fast track to approval from Kyle City Council.

While officials on Jan. 19 said they will still need to receive a second hearing of the request to rezone the land, which should come at an upcoming meeting in February, council members expressed excitement about the project.

Once official, the rezoning from single-family residential and retail services to a planned unit district will enable construction of a development that will consist of single-family residential homes, open space, trails and a commercial retail sector.

The project will be located on the southwest border of West RM 150, just northwest of Old Stagecoach Road.

The owner of the property is listed as Los Angeles-based Kyle Mortgage Investors LLC, and the request document to the city states the rezoning is necessary to allow more flexibility for the various uses and features of the planned development.



Howard J. Koontz, director of planning and community development for Kyle, said the development appears to be consistent with the city’s comprehensive plan with regard to land use.

Some opposition within the community toward the proposed development came forth during the Jan. 19 meeting, including from Kate Johnson, chair of the Hays County Historical Commission.

"According to the rules of the [planned unit district], this development would enhance and preserve areas which are unique or have outstanding scenic, cultural or historical significance,” Johnson said. “Are we following these procedures outlined in the [planned unit district]?”

Johnson also expressed concern about a natural spring in the area that, while dry now, brings with it the possibility of flooding surrounding neighborhoods if it is disrupted by the development.

The concept plan for the development portrays the bulk of the land to be residential, with 3.3 acres allotted for a commercial site, 6.1 acres for open park space and 1.9 acres for an amenity center that will include a pool. The development will also contain three ponds, a dog park and a trail system.

Garrett Martin, CEO of MileStone Community Builders, attended the meeting on behalf of Kyle Mortgage Investors.

Martin said while the residential section of the project could hold more than 300 homes, the development will more likely contain between 210-220 residential units.

Addressing Johnson’s flooding concern, Martin said the owners are required to develop the site consistent with current water quality and drainage standards, meaning they must ensure there are no adverse impacts to any of the surrounding properties.

“By all accounts it appears that you are going to be bringing a product to the city that we can all be proud of, so I thank you for that,” Kyle Mayor Travis Mitchell said.

By Brian Rash
Brian has been a reporter and editor since 2012. He wrote about the music scene in Dallas-Fort Worth before becoming managing editor for the Graham Leader in Graham, Texas, in 2013. He relocated to Austin, Texas, in 2015 to work for Gatehouse Media's large design hub. He became the editor for the Lake Travis-Westlake publication of Community Impact in August 2018.


MOST RECENT

Central Texas Food Bank
Central Texas Food Bank announces distribution sites in March following winter storm

The Central Texas Food Bank is holding food distribution events throughout March for local residents experiencing food insecurity due to the COVID-19 pandemic and lingering effects from damage caused by Winter Storm Uri.

Courtney Manuel (center), I Live Here I Give Here executive director, and and board chair Kathy Smith-Willman (right) stand with Edward B. Burger, St. David's Foundation executive director, during Amplify Austin Day 2020. (Courtesy Trent Lee Photography)
Here's how to support Central Texas nonprofits during ninth annual Amplify Austin Day on March 4-5

The annual 24-hour giving campaign will begin at 6 p.m. on March 4.

People wait in line to receive a vaccine at an Austin Public Health vaccination site. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
Texas offers COVID-19 vaccinations to school, child care workers

Educators, school staff and child care professionals are qualified to receive coronavirus vaccines effective immediately.

In response to Gov. Greg Abbott's March 2 announcement that Texas' statewide mask mandate and COVID-19-related business restrictions will be lifted as of March 10, the Texas Education Agency released updated public health guidance March 3. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Updated Texas Education Agency guidance allows individual school boards to determine mask policies

"Under this updated guidance, a public school system's current practices on masks may continue unchanged. Local school boards have full authority to determine their local mask policy," the release reads.

H-E-B will continue to require employees to wear face masks until further notice. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
H-E-B to require employees, ask customers to be masked despite upcoming expiration of governor's mandate

H-E-B officials announced their employees and vendors would still be required to be masked while on the job, and customers would be encouraged to wear masks while in stores.

Kyle city staff answered questions March 2 about the city's ongoing design and construction of its citywide trail system. (Screenshot courtesy city of Kyle)
Kyle leaders working to complete city’s portion of San Antonio-to-Austin trail

The city of Kyle has been surveying residents on their desire for a citywide trail for the last five years, but City Manager Scott Sellers said resident interest has skyrocketed recently.

Photo from inside a movie theater
Alamo Drafthouse files for bankruptcy, closes theaters in downtown Austin and New Braunfels

Most theaters will remain open under an asset purchase agreement to the company's senior lending partners.

Gov. Greg Abbott lifted the state's mask mandate, but Hays County leadership has called the order premature. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
'This is not behind us': Hays County leaders react to Abbott ending mask restrictions, capacity limits

Abbott's order will restrict the ability of local governments to enact measures against the coronavirus pandemic.

Buda officials approved relief measures during a March 2 City Council meeting. (Screen shot courtesy city of Buda)
Buda takes measures to help residents in wake of winter storm

Officials from the city of Buda have approved several measures geared toward alleviating damage and costs brought about by severe winter weather in mid-February.

Austin ISD and other districts in Central Texas are waiting for further TEA guidance on mask requirements. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
UPDATE: Most Central Texas school district say they will continue requiring students, staff to wear masks; updated TEA guidelines expected later this week

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced March 2 that mask mandates and business capacity restrictions will be lifted in Texas.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced March 2 that mask mandates and business capacity restrictions will be lifted in Texas. (Courtesy Office of the Texas Governor)
Gov. Greg Abbott lifts statewide mask mandate, business restrictions in Texas

With vaccine distribution increasing, Gov. Greg Abbott said "people and businesses don't need the state telling them how to operate." Some local officials are pushing back, saying the relaxed restrictions are coming too early.