The map below shows the distance from the floodplain on the southern edge of the project to various properties on the south side of Brushy Creek. The City does not allow building in the floodplain. The tallest buildings in the project will be farther away from the neighborhoods. The maximum requested building height is 180 feet, and that is only allowed for buildings at least 750 feet away from the southern property line. This represents a larger setback than would be required by standard zoning requirements. In the C-1a zoning district, a 180-foot tall building would be set back about 210 feet. Buildings less than 750 feet away from the southern property line can be a maximum of 75 feet tall; however, no buildings may be located in the floodplain. The existing PUD zoning at the site allows buildings 15 stories tall, which could permit structures exceeding 200 feet in height.
Among the methods to mitigate the impact are:
- Site design of the project
- Enhanced landscaping can provide a visual buffer
- Fencing can provide a visual buffer
- Shielded, directional lighting can minimize the impact from parking lot lights
- The presence of the Brushy Creek floodplain limits how close any permanent structures can be built on the southern edge of the project
Below is a draft illustration of how Kalahari currently envisions the development. The site plan is subject to change.
A public hearing was held March 7, 2018, at the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting where a recommendation vote was unanimously approved. The PUD now moves to the City Council for public hearing and final vote, tentatively scheduled for April 12, 2018. There were open house meetings on May 9 and May 18, 2017, at Ridgeview Middle School, 2000 Via Sonoma Drive. Here is the information that was presented at the open houses. The public has also offered comments on social posts related to the project, dating back to June 2016 when Kalahari announced its intention to build a resort in Round Rock. City and Kalahari officials have met with leaders from neighboring homeowners' associations to discuss the project. Residents and others have also had multiple opportunities to offer comments and ask questions on the City's Facebook and Twitter accounts. If you have a question or comment, please email the project team at firstname.lastname@example.org. All input received is shared with the City Council.
The chart below provides a simple overview of the process. There is detailed information on Zoning and PUDs here.
Kalahari has requested the following uses be permitted in the PUD:
- Resort hotel
- Convention center, which will include related activities by the owner and/or operator of the convention center, convention attendees and others, such as entertainment and retail sales
- Indoor water park
- Outdoor water park
- Indoor family entertainment center
- Outdoor family entertainment center
- Wedding venue
- Recreational lake
- Pet resort/small animal day care and boarding facility, where animals are not left outside overnight
- Restaurants/bars, which will include related activities such as performance spaces and may have drive-through service
- Retail sales and services
- Golf entertainment venue
- Mobile food establishments
- Employee housing
- Fuel sales/convenience store
- Day care
Contact Animal Control if you see coyotes. You can also take the following steps to reduce the chance of human-coyote conflicts:
- Do not feed coyotes!
- Eliminate sources of water, particularly in dry climates.
Bird feeders should be positioned so that coyotes cannot get feed. Coyotes are attracted by bread, table scraps, and even seed. They may also be attracted by the birds and rodents that come to feeders.
- Do not discard edible garbage where coyotes can get to it.
- Secure garbage containers and eliminate garbage odors.
- Feed pets indoors whenever possible. Pick up any leftovers if feeding outdoors. Store pet and livestock feed where it is inaccessible to wildlife.
- Trim and clean, near ground level, any shrubbery that provides hiding cover for coyotes or prey.
- Fencing your yard could deter coyotes. The fence should be at least 6 feet high with the bottom extending at least 6 inches below ground level for best results.
- Don’t leave small children unattended outside if coyotes have been frequenting the area.
- Don’t allow pets to run free. Keep them safely confined and provide secure nighttime housing for them. Walk your dog on a leash and accompany your pet outside, especially at night. Provide secure shelters for poultry, rabbits, and other vulnerable animals.
- Discourage coyotes from frequenting your area. If you start seeing coyotes around your home or property, chase them away by shouting, making loud noises, or throwing rocks.
The company will need to invest at least $350 million and employ at least 700. The shared revenues will be based on resort and convention center sales and increased property value. The more sales are generated by Kalahari, the more it will receive in incentive payments – after annual convention center and public improvement debt payments are made.
The agreement calls for $15 million in onsite public improvements – roads, utility lines, etc. – and $15 million for offsite public improvements. The offsite improvements include a major upgrade to the intersection of U.S. 79 and Harrell Parkway – which will be a major entrance into the resort – as well as an upgraded railroad crossing further east on U.S. 79 that accesses a regional wastewater treatment plant. Improvements to the intersection of U.S. 79 and Joe DiMaggio Boulevard are also included. There will also a new public roadway connecting Kenney Fort Boulevard to U.S. 79 and improvements to public utilities. All onsite and offsite public improvements will be owned by the City.
This project will diversify the property tax base by bringing a new industry – the resort/convention business – to Round Rock. We anticipate this project to generate an estimated $4.7 million in net direct annual tax revenue to the City, and will provide many jobs for varying experience levels including: full time, salaried, part-time and hourly opportunities. Kalahari has committed to invest at least $350 million in the project, which will create significant property tax revenue to the City, Williamson County and Round Rock ISD. And, while the City has successfully diversified our sources of sales tax revenue over the past 10 years, we have not had a single project add this much value to the property tax rolls.