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 351 acres of development for single-family detached homes. At four units per acre, this is 1,404 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. Updated Dec. 9, 2016
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.
Capital Improvements to the transportation grid are always fluid, giving us the opportunity to respond to the most urgent community needs and growth.
The City will issue bonds to provide $30 million in net proceeds to construct City-owned improvements. The debt will be repaid through select State and City tax revenues generated by the project.
Yes. The improvements will 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 planned. There will also be a new public roadway connecting Kenney Fort Boulevard to U.S. 79. Our long term Transportation Master Plan includes other additions and expansions to the transportation system in the area. Some of those projects may be built sooner than projected to improve regional traffic flows. Those projects will also provide much earlier opportunity for congestion relief to the community at large. Among the current design projects underway is Kenney Fort Boulevard at Forest Creek, which will extend all the way south to Gattis School Road and eventually to SH 45. Updated Dec. 9, 2016
Most of our region’s traffic congestion occurs during peak times, i.e., rush hour. Kalahari’s traffic does not peak at any particular time of day, so it should not have much impact or contribute to traffic congestion during peak times.