New development coming to Kyle with approved zoning

By Megan Wehring 

KYLE — Residents can expect to see even more development in Kyle. 

Just a few miles south of Austin, the city of Kyle is booming with more foot traffic than ever seen before. City council agendas have been filled with zoning ordinances and development proposals for approval.

On April 6, Kyle City Council approved three rezoning projects on first reading that could lead to potential developments. A second reading is still needed for full approval.

Location map for warehouse rezoning. Courtesy photo

 

Sixty-two acres of land, known as the Coleman Tract, will be converted from agriculture to a warehouse district. This property is located at 24801 Interstate 35. The warehouse district would allow for outlets offering goods and services to the public and industrial users.

Approximately 14 acres of land located at the north corner of Live Oak Street and St. Anthony’s Drive will be rezoned to a townhome district. The land is currently zoned as a single family residential. A townhome district would allow for attached single-family structures containing four or more dwelling units with at least 1,000 square feet of living area per unit and permitted accessory structures.

Townhome location map. Courtesy photo

Heavy traffic was one of the main concerns, described in a resident letter of opposition to the city, if the townhomes were built. 

“I would expect that yes, there would be quite a bit of traffic in this area at school times,” said Howard Koontz, director of planning. “We’ve got a middle school over here on the west side of this map and we’ve got an elementary school nearly in the center part of the map.”

Koontz added that the townhomes would be in comfortable walking distance to the nearby schools. 

The final approved item is nearly 13 acres of undeveloped land that will be rezoned from agriculture to mixed use district. This property is located on the northeast corner of Philomena Drive and Bunton Creek Road. The mixed use district would require a vertical mix of commercial and residential uses within the same building(s) on multiple floors.

Mixed Use District zoning  map. Courtesy map

“This is the highest activity district that the city of Kyle has,” Koontz said. 

The next scheduled meeting for Kyle City Council is on Tuesday, April 20 at 7 p.m. Once the agenda is posted, it will be available at https://www.cityofkyle.com/meetings

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Megan Wehring graduated from Texas State University in May 2020 with a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Wehring is nearing one year at the Hays Free Press/News-Dispatch, covering all things local. This includes city council meetings, town events, education and human interest stories. Previously, Wehring worked at KTSW FM-89.9 (Texas State University's official radio station) for two consecutive years. She was a news reporter, assistant news director and monthly segment producer during her time at KTSW. Wehring is passionate about the local reporter aspect. With a heart for storytelling, she believes that journalists are equipped to share the stories that are most important to the community.

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