Leander denies rezoning for master planned community


A rezoning request for controversial master planned community was denied by the Leander City Council last week, ostensibly putting an end to plans for the 1,100-unit Chapman Parks development proposed for a tract of land near Mesa Vista Drive and County Road 280. It was the second time the city denied a zoning request related to the same planned community.

The development was to have featured residential housing, parks, trails and office space, but developers needed the city to approve a rezoning request to allow for higher density housing for the 317-acre tract, according to city documents. 

After hearing from residents in the nearby Greatwood Estates neighborhood who were opposed to the project, the council unanimously voted to deny the request. 

The land is currently zoned single-family rural, but plans for the project would have required a variety of mixed zoning, including cottage housing, local commercial, local office, single-family suburban and single-family urban zoning. 

Chapman Parks developers were denied a request for rezoning last March, and modified their proposed number of housing units from 1,200 to 1,100. Developers also modified their recent request to state that development would not begin until two lanes of San Gabriel Parkway and Lakeline Boulevard were extended to the boundary of the 317-acre development site.

Developers said the Chapman Parks project would have exceeded Leander’s requirements for dedicating parkland design, and would have increased the city’s parkland improvement fees.