League City City Council considers 1,747-acre planned unit development

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In response to League City’s rapidly expanding population, the League City City Council on Nov. 27 considered approving a planned unit development that could one day be the site of thousands of homes.

No resident spoke during the public hearing. The council will vote on the matter at its next meeting.

The city recommends the council approve repealing a 1,705-acre PUD already on the site west of Calder Drive and south of League City Parkway and north of FM 517 to create a new one that includes a 42-acre parcel previously not part of the PUD. The vote would approve rezoning the 42-acre parcel from single-family residential to a single-family residential PUD to be included in the total 1,747 acres of land to be developed.

The Duncan PUD is owned by two companies and will be developed separately if council approves the plan.

RKD Holding owns about 70 percent of the northwestern part of the PUD and would develop a master-planned community similar to other PUDs in the city. LPI owns about 30 percent of the southeastern part of the PUD and would create a primarily residential area similar to other rural subdivisions, a city official said.

Once fully built out the PUD could hold more than 4,200 residences—2.45 per acre.

According to the city’s future land-use plan, the area is classified to have a mixture of suburban residences, parks, larger lots and open spaces, and homes and commercial buildings set far back from the rights of way. The PUD is consistent with League City’s future land-use and comprehensive plans, according to a city memo.

The Duncan PUD would attract high-quality development because it will provide greater flexibility in adjusting the project to various market- and design-driven issues, the memo reads.

In other business

The League City City Council on Nov. 27 also approved updating the city’s master water and wastewater plans.

The plans provide an evaluation of League City’s current water and wastewater infrastructure and future related needs. A citywide water and wastewater model was developed as part of each master plan.

The water plan was last updated in 2014, and the wastewater plan was last updated in 2011, according to a city memo.

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  1. Jack in Dickinson

    Thank you, Jake, for all your writing and information. If it weren’t for you, I’m not sure I’d know anything about what goes on in the area where I live. Keep up the great work, you’re a talented guy.

    That being said, I am shocked to see that not a single League City resident appeared at this meeting. This development would be an absolute nightmare for traffic on 517, which on that stretch is already a bottleneck that often backs up to the 45. What will be the impact of an additional ten or twenty thousand cars a day? And even more significant, what will be the impact on area flooding, already exacerbated by overdevelopment and too much pavement?

    Are the developers who will profit from this going to pay for all the infrastructure needed, or do they expect us the taxpayers to pay for their massive project’s needs? If so, as awful as that would be, how many millions is it going to cost the taxpayers?

    This is another small town worth of development, in an already overly congested area where Hurricane Harvey dropped the hammer. The developers need to be forced into mitigation planning and financial responsibilty and liability for their actions. Note that word “liability”. No more free rides.

    I’ll be watching this closely, and taking notes. And taking names.

    Thanks again, Jake.

  2. Jack in Dickinson

    Upon further reflection, I’d like to add one additional comment to accompany my concerns in the previous comment.

    This development will add 4,200 residences. Where will they attend school? My son attends Lobit, right next door to this new city that will be built. My sky-high (~3%) property taxes here in Dickinson paid for that school and others in the Dickinson Independent School District, to accomodate local growth, even down in Texas City, which I also question. Now I would assume that, since this development is in League City, and they will get all the tax revenue from it, that the developers of this parcel and League City will be solely responsible for any additional schools that will need to be built, and that no students from League City should be allowed to attend schools that my Dickinson property taxes have paid for.

    Even better, the developers themselves should be required to finance all new school construction required as a primary condition of their final approval. In no case should it fall to the taxpayers of Dickinson to provide many millions more in subsidies to neighboring cities and for-profit entities.

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Jake Magee
Jake Magee has been a print journalist for a few years, covering topics such as city government, education, business and more. Starting off at a daily newspaper in southern Wisconsin, Magee covered two small cities before being promoted to covering city government in the heart of newspaper's coverage area. He moved to Houston in mid-2018 to be an editor with Community Impact. In his free time, Magee enjoys playing video games, jamming on the drums and bass, longboarding and petting his cat.
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