Leander news — March 2012

City Council approves rezoning for Randalls

The Leander City Council approved rezoning 55 acres for a town center on March 14 that is slated to include the grocery chain Randalls.

The development, steered by The Lookout Group, is located southwest of the intersection of Lakeline Boulevard and Crystal Falls Parkway. It was previously zoned for single families but can now include commercial, local office space and town homes.

Following resident feedback, the developer and the Leander planning and zoning commission amended aspects of the original design and application to include more greenbelt areas and higher architectural standards.

City Council approves BCRUA amendment to push back open date

The Leander City Council approved an amendment to the Brushy Creek Regional Utility Authority—a partnership between the cities of Cedar Park, Leander and Round Rock to provide expanded water capacity to the three quickly growing cities—master contract for financing, construction and operation of the BCRUA Regional Water Treatment and Distribution Project. The amendment delays the opening of the water treatment and distribution facility back to June 1 from April 1.

The BCRUA board of directors approved the amendment in February, and the amendment may be officially adopted upon approval of the Cedar Park and Round Rock city councils.

Leander City Council election has four contested seats

Filing for open positions on the Leander City Council closed March 5 except the unexpired Place 5 seat, which closed March 12. Place 2 Councilwoman Kirsten Lynch is uncontested.

Leander City council candidates are as follows. An (i) indicates the incumbent.

Mayor

  • John Cowman (i)
  • Chris Fielder
  • Bob Hanson

Place 4

  • Michell Cantwell (i)
  • Jerry Perez

Place 5

  • John Perez
  • Sid Sokol
  • Jason Dishongh

Place 6

  • David Siebold (i)
  • Randy Caldwell


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