Leander City Council approves annexation of more than 300 acres

Updated 11 a.m. May 16

On May 15, Leander City Council approved annexing into the city three properties that total about 388 acres.

Annexed sites include the 304-acre Ridgmar Landing subdivision, a 78-acre property that borders a planned extension of North Lakeline Boulevard, and a 5.5-acre tract northeast of CR 264 and Ronald Reagan Boulevard.

City Council also approved resolutions that set the schedules for two other properties' voluntary annexations. The properties include the 121.7-acre Greatwood subdivision on CR 280 and a 41.7-acre site on Hero Way east of CR 270.

Tom Yantis, Leander director of development services, said City Council would hold public hearings for both annexations during council meetings on July 3 and July 17. City Council could then hear both first readings on Aug. 7 and could approve the annexations on Aug. 21, Yantis said.

Original story posted 12 p.m. May 15

Leander City Council could vote to annex about 388 acres into the city during its May 15 meeting.

The three properties scheduled for City Council's final vote for annexation include:

  • Ridgmar Landing, located northwest of East Crystal Falls Parkway and Ronald Reagan Boulevard, which includes a total of 304.13 acres. The annexation is involuntary. Some Ridgmar Landing residents who spoke at City Council meetings March 27 and April 3 said they did not support annexation. Tom Yantis, Leander director of development services, said the area already benefits from city services and is surrounded by existing city property.

  • A 78-acre site that borders the planned extension of Lakeline Boulevard toward West Old FM 2243. The property's annexation is involuntary.

  • A 5.52-acre site northeast of CR 264 and Ronald Reagan Boulevard. SEC Planning LLC, on behalf of owner Phillip C. Joseph, applied to be voluntary annexed.

During the meeting, City Council will also consider resolutions for the voluntary annexation of two properties that total about 163 acres. If city leaders approve the resolutions, the sites could be annexed after two public hearings in July and two ordinance readings in August.

The properties petitioning for annexation include:

  • The 121.75-acre Greatwood subdivision on CR 280. On April 3 owner Ewing Development Company LLC requested annexation.

  • A 41.67-acre site on Hero Way east of CR 270. On April 28 Ryan Betz, manager of Betz Company, requested annexation on behalf of owners Charles and Arleen Wilde.

If a property is annexed to a city, the property is covered by the city's emergency services such as police and fire protection, and services such as solid waste collection, animal control and parks maintenance. The property also becomes part of the city's taxing district.

By Stephen Burnett
Stephen Burnett has been a community journalist since 2005. He joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in November 2013. For the cities of Cedar Park, Leander and northwest Austin, he covers city and county government, business, development, events, transportation, utilities and more.


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