The Round Rock City Council will make the final decision based on benefit to the City, community input and staff and Chamber recommendations.
The City of Round Rock will initiate an active community communications program, including:
- Elected and neighborhood leader briefings
- Media briefings and updates
- Information provided on the City website and social media channels
- Community meetings
- Required public hearings
- Communication of Council decisions
Kalahari would like to open the Round Rock resort in 2020. We expect that the City Council will consider and vote on a Memorandum of Understanding in June 2016. After that, we expect negotiations on the incentives to continue, and be put before the City Council in coming months. Putting together a development agreement and zoning changes could take anywhere from three to nine months.
The regional trail is designed to accommodate Round Rock and surrounding communities. Kalahari Resort will be another destination on the regional trail. Residents and visitors will be able to continue to use the trail to commute to work, visit a local business, park or friends, and/or for exercise and recreational purposes.
As part of the City’s stormwater management permit from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, we implement various best management practices to ensure development does not negatively impact waterways. We have standards, guidelines, inspections and enforcement for projects under construction to ensure the construction process does not impact waterways. In short, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) forces TCEQ to regulate the City to protect water quality. The City also has a strong Illicit Discharge ordinance that regulates ongoing activities to address threats and impacts to the system.
No. Zoning would allow for 334 acres of development for single-family detached homes. At four units per acre, this is 1,336 units. Traffic impacts from residents living in these homes would create more peak hour traffic congestion. Residential use of the property would also have more impacts on local schools and likely use more water.
There are many factors that go into the valuation of residential property, including national, state and regional economic conditions, as well as neighboring development. According to its website, the Williamson Central Appraisal District compares a home to similar homes that have sold recently and determines the value accordingly. In other words, it is valued based on the sales of similar properties. Other considerations include age, size, condition and quality of construction of the home.
Adjacent neighbors will be able to see some of the facilities on the site and may be able to hear park activities. To the extent possible, sight and sound concerns will be considered during the multi-stage zoning change approval process.
If the Kalahari project moves forward, the extension could be built sooner than we originally anticipated. Kenney Fort Boulevard has been part of the approved Transportation Master Plan for many years, and is identified on all of the regional maps as a major corridor. Because it is considered a regional roadway, Williamson County is currently contributing voter-approved bond funds to help pay for the design.