Growth tops Leander agenda


Growth is on everyone’s minds these days and it is no different for the City of Leander’s leaders.

Thursday’s regular meeting of the Leander City Council is expected to take up several growth and development issues.

The council will conduct a public hearing that will, if approved, pave the way for a 15-plus acre commercial park at the intersection of N. Bagdad Rd. and Hero Way West. The project is identified as the Hero Way Business Center. The Planning and Zoning Commission granted unanimous approval to the project last week.

The council is also expected to hear the second reading of an ordinance that would re-zone property in the 10,000 block of Crystal Falls Parkway to allow Northpoint church to construct a new sanctuary. Current zoning allows for the sanctuary, church officials want to have the ability to offer child care and daycare in the future.

A new 317-acre planned unit development at the intersection of Mesa Vista Dr. and CR 280 will also be on Thursday’s agenda. The developers will ask the council for permission to develop the tract this way to allow for flexibility in single-family zoning so they may respond more quickly to market conditions and avoid multiple re-zoning applications. The council is expected to conduct the first reading of an ordinance creating that district.

Development isn’t the only issue on the docket, however. The council will also hear information on an ordinance that would amend portions of the rules governing animal control. Among the changes to the current ordinance are rules regarding commercial boarding of pets in private residence and rules that would forbid the sale or breeding of animals for a fee or profit in any area zoned residential.

The council will also hear a proposal to hire Kimley Horn to develop a traffic access management policy for the city. The cost of that contract is bid at $126,000.

Finally, the council will meet in closed session to hear legal advice about the city’s social media policy and laws governing the use of social media. The city adopted a social media policy on Feb. 17.

The council will meet beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Pat Bryson Municipal Hall. The meetings are open to the public.