Coming soon: Another La Frontera on Round Rock’s north side, more large homes on west side – Austin Business Journal

Hundreds of housing units — ranging from large estate lots to multifamily apartment buildings — could be on the way to the edges of Round Rock after the suburb’s City Council approved a pair of major residential zoning changes Thursday night.

Council voted to allow high-density residential development on about 11.6 acres near Bass Pro Drive and North Mays Street. That’s in a booming area on Round Rock’s northern edge, near the Bass Pro Shops along I-35 and an under-construction Embassy Suites Hotel, said Round Rock Planning Director Brad Wiseman.

He pointed to the transportation infrastructure as well as major employment and education centers nearby such as the Round Rock Premium Outlets and campuses for Austin Community College and Texas State University as reasons why the location makes sense for apartments.

“This is really a prime area for this type of use,” Wiseman said.

Wiseman said the goal was to allow an “urban, high-density multifamily-type project.” He said Round Rock only had one other similar project: the La Frontera Square mixed-use development north of State Highway 45 and west of I-35.

Wiseman said the project would help meet the city’s goal to attract more high-density multifamily projects as well as suburban, low-density multifamily projects — and to avoid “medium-density, three-story” apartment complexes.

The land-use layout for the site would allow hundreds of housing units. Four- to five-story apartment buildings would be located on a 6.8-acre parcel, which would have a minimum density of 35 units per acre. Another 2.4-acre parcel would also be multifamily, but only include two-story apartments. The third parcel would feature amenities such as open space, a dog park, a swimming area and a food truck plaza.

Simon Property Group Inc. is the land owner and Columbus Realty Partners is the developer, according to city documents. Armbrust & Brown PLLC submitted the application.

On other end of housing spectrum

Round Rock leaders also voted Thursday to annex about 41.2 acres of land at the southwest corner of Creek Bend Boulevard and Hairy Man Road. That’s on the western edge of Round Rock, just north of St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center.

They also voted to zone those 41 acres for single-family mixed lots. Wiseman said that residential zoning reflects the “higher standards” for single-family homes that have been featured in recent planned unit developments, such as upgraded garage doors and at least 75 percent masonry finishes.

City documents state the zoning provides for estate lots of at least 10,000 square feet, standard lots of at least 6,500 square feet and small lots of at least 5,000 square feet.

“It provides for a variety of lot sizes here,” Wiseman said. “There is some flexibility built into the ordinance.”

Wiseman said a draft site layout would allow about 90 homes in the subdivision.

Both rezoning votes passed on first and second readings Thursday night.

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