Osage & Highland Trails Rezoning PUD
Background: Over the past years, there have been a number of rezoning proposals that have affected our Crystal Falls community. Without advanced knowledge, the community responded, with a lot of emotion, to stop the rezoning of the Osage and Lakeline corner that would have allowed a gas station across the street from Quarry Park. Similarly, we responded to the rezoning of the Crystal Falls & Lakeline corner which will become the Crystal Falls Town Center. While we were unable to stop this effort, we were able to work with the City of Leander’s Planning and Zoning members and the developer to help shape the design to lessen the detrimental effects for our neighbors on Alamo Bound.
Issue: The yellow Re-zoning signs have once again appeared at the corner of Osage and Highland trails. This is a 1.2 acre lot next to the mailboxes that is currently zoned Single Family – Urban (SF-U). The developer believes that a well designed local office would be the best fit for that corner and the community. He is requesting this area be rezoned to Local Commercial PUD.
The developer did meet with a few neighbors to get feedback for their new idea of how to develop this corner in a manner they think will be more palatable for the community. 2 meetings were held- one over the summer and the other on a school open house night. As you can imagine, they were very poorly attended. Regardless, based on feedback, the developer did make some adjustments which primarily addressed the entrance to this commercial facility off of Highland Trail. The compromise was to expand and share the entrance to the community mailboxes. I have scanned and attached the design of the building for everyone to see.
Unlike previous proposals, the developer is suggesting that this tract be zoned PUD- Planned Unit Development. According to the developer this designation does put more limits on what the property can be used for, look like and such. Below are some of the restrictions we could add to this zoning. The drawing also has some notes that can be used to help you understand what is proposed.
Action: While I am sending this info out and posting to the FB page, this is not really a HOA issue. If you are opposed to this rezoning, you must exercise your right as a private citizen and sign this petition. Please add your address to the comments block so the city can verify your residence.In addition, you cansend a letter to the City Council and/or the Planning and Zoning Commissioners.
Laura Garza Yambrick