There are two other feasible options. One is for mixed-use development and light industrial, the other is single family residential:
- Option 1, Commercial/Mixed Use – There is already zoning in place for mixed uses on the 145-acre Bison property in the form of a Planned Unit Development (PUD). The PUD allows for a 35-acre “Main Street” style development that would include a hotel up to 15 stories tall, and 50,000 square feet of retail and 350,000 square feet of offices. It also allows for a 47 acre business park development, with building heights from 2 to 5 stories, 400 units of townhome development, 8 acres of retail development and 20 acres of open space and greenbelts. There is an additional 218 acres at the site with planned zoning for light industrial, with 5-story maximum building heights. That would yield up to 4.3 million square feet of business park/light industrial development.
- Option 2, Residential – If the 351 available acres were developed as a residential neighborhood – which has been proposed to the City, but does not meet our future land use plans – there could be up to 1,404 homes built.
Both of these options have the potential to impact traffic (particularly on U.S. 79) to a much greater extent than Kalahari. For example, Kalahari’s traffic from tourists and visitors does not peak at a particular time of day, unlike that of mixed-use facilities and residential neighborhoods whose employees and residents leave for work and come home during peak travel periods. Water use is likely to be about the same for options 1 and 2 compared to the Kalahari project, which has an excellent track record with green initiatives.
Updated Dec. 9, 2016