Cedar Park adopts large retail building standards

The Cedar Park City Council on June 28 adopted uniform building standards on big-box retail projects larger than 75,000 square feet.

City staff and the Cedar Park Planning and Zoning Commission have collectively spent five months drafting the standards, Planning Director Rawls Howard said.

The guidelines prevent warehouse-style buildings with no architectural character, Howard said at a June 14 public hearing. The standards also require property owners to maintain vacant large-scale retail buildings and build new structures in a way to allow redevelopment if their original uses fail.

Owners of existing big-box structures that go vacant would also be required to abide by new standards to maintain the properties, he said.

The guidelines also increase landscape standards and improve the appearance of building entrances. In addition, at least 30 percent of parking spaces would have to be located on the sides or behind the main structure. Also, among other requirements, the developer would need to abide by at least five of nine specific facade design styles.

By Joe Lanane
Joe Lanane’s career is rooted in community journalism, having worked for a variety of Midwest-area publications before landing south of the Mason-Dixon line in 2011 as the Stillwater News-Press news editor. He arrived at Community Impact Newspaper in 2012, gaining experience as editor of the company’s second-oldest publication in Leander/Cedar Park. He eventually became Central Austin editor, covering City Hall and the urban core of the city. Lanane leveraged that experience to become Austin managing editor in 2016. He managed eight Central Texas editions from Georgetown to San Marcos. Working from company headquarters, Lanane also became heavily involved in enacting corporate-wide editorial improvements. In 2017, Lanane was promoted to executive editor, overseeing editorial operations throughout the company. The Illinois native received his bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University and his journalism master’s degree from Ball State University.


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