City Council approves Kalahari Resorts zoning

Resort hotel, water park, convention center is expected to break ground in May

The Round Rock City Council unanimously approved the Planned Unit Development (PUD) zoning for the Kalahari Resort project at its April 12 meeting following a public hearing. The zoning applies to multiple parcels acquired by the City for the project. You can learn more about the rezoning process here.

The resort will feature a minimum of 975 guest rooms, a convention center, an indoor/outdoor water park, and other indoor and outdoor activities. The development will also include additional entertainment, recreation and other mixed uses on 351 acres on U.S. 79 across from the Dell Diamond and Old Settlers Park.

The project is expected to break ground in May.

You can watch presentations, discussion and subsequent votes from a Planning and Zoning Commission meeting held on the zoning request in March 2018.

The City Council also approved the removal of the “monarch” designation from three trees in the development. A monarch tree is a tree of a specific size or species that is designated as a monarch tree pursuant to section 43-23 in the City Code of Ordinances.

Kalahari announced in June 2016 its intent to build a resort and convention center in Round Rock. The City Council approved an economic incentive package for Kalahari in December 2016.

Kalahari intends 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.  The City anticipates the project will bring in approximately $4.7 million in annual net, direct tax revenues to the City in the first 10 years of operations. The City believes the development will also attract additional business, development and investment in Round Rock and Williamson County.

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