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.