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.
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.
There will be open house meetings from 6 to 8 p.m. May 9 and May 18 at Ridgeview Middle School, 2000 Via Sonoma Drive. There will also be public hearings when the proposed zoning is presented to the Planning and Zoning Commission for consideration and its approval, as well as at the City Council when the final votes are made. No dates have been set yet for those meetings.Here is the information that will be presented at the open houses. If you have a question or comment, please email the project team at firstname.lastname@example.org. All input received will be shared with the City Council.
The chart below provides a simple overview of the process. There is detailed information on Zoning and PUDs here.
For the first phase of the project, on approximately 150 acres near the corner of Kenney Fort Boulevard and U.S. 79, Kalahari has requested the following:
- 975 room resort hotel + guest houses (“Nyumbas”)
- 200,000 sq. ft. convention center
- 200,000 sq. ft. indoor water park
- Outdoor water park
- Indoor and outdoor family entertainment center
- Wedding venue
- Recreational lake
- Employee housing
- Small amphitheater/outdoor music venue
- Ropes course
- Bowling alley
- Theme park
- Petting zoo
- High-tech golf driving range
- Movie theater
- Other hotel
- Pet retreat
- Gas station and convenience store (oriented to Kenney Fort or U.S. 79)
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.