Residents weigh in on zoning issues for Kalahari project

Kalahari's Bill Otto, center, listens as a resident asks a question at the May 18 open house.
Kalahari's Bill Otto responds to a resident's question at May 18 meeting.
Senior Planner Clyde von Rosenberg points to the tree line along Brushy Creek along the southern portion of the project.
City Councilmember Writ Baese talks to a couple at the May 18 meeting.
Transportation Director Gary Hudder listens to traffic concerns from a resident.
Residents talk among themselves at a map that shows the boundary of the 351-acre site at the May 9 meeting.
Residents talk with City staff and Kalahari officials at the May 9 meeting.
Steve Pine, Kalahari Director of Development, converses with residents at a map that shows the proposed layout of the project.

More than 140 people attended open houses held May 9 and May 18 at Ridgeview Middle School to provide their input on the Kalahari Resort project. We really appreciate the feedback received from folks. It will help inform the Planned Unit Development (PUD) zoning for the 351-acre site.

Attendees were able to ask questions and offer comments to City planners, transportation staff, public safety officials and Assistant City Manager Brooks Bennett, as well as Bill Otto, Executive Vice President, and Steve Pine, Director of Development, for Kalahari. Members of the Round Rock City Council attended as well.

Here’s a full recap of what we heard, and our responses, at the two meetings.

A lot of the concerns we heard dealt with traffic and impact to property values. The most important feedback we were looking for dealt with the various uses Kalahari has proposed for the project. That’s goes to the heart of the zoning change that will be considered later this summer by the Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council.

Here are the written comments we received about potential future land uses:

  • Concerned about petting zoo in Phase 2 and height of potential high tech golfing range.
  • I don’t want to see, hear or smell this from my home.
  • No golf driving range
  • No theme park
  • No petting zoo
  • No aquarium
  • High level of concern over amplified noise from “small venue amphitheater/outdoor music
  • No connectivity of Kalahari to Brushy Creek Trail system +1
  • No outdoor water park
  • Absolutely no outdoor (or indoor) music venue
  • No rec. lake
  • Just no
  • Employee housing means a direct non-guest impact to trails and neighbors ignored by everyone to whom we’ve spoken
  • No screaming children outside
  • No fireworks please
  • Please offer a resident discount. I live a mile away
  • I like the trails and creek. Please don’t ruin them with this.

One thing Kalahari’s Bill Otto told the many residents who sat down to talk to him at the meetings is that Kalahari is a family resort, and many of the concerns — noise, lighting — are issues they focus on for the comfort and enjoyment of their guests.

This graphic shows the process for the zoning change.