City prepares for multi-family housing

Liberty Hill’s multi-family housing projects are rapidly becoming more and more popular at the city’s weekly pre-development meetings. With an influx of people moving into the area – not just within the city, but also in the extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) – this is not surprising.

Currently, four apartment buildings have already been built within the city limits of Liberty Hill. These four developments include a total of 298 units between Stubblefield Apartments, Liberty Trails, San Gabriel Crossing (income restricted) and Liberty Manor (age restricted). In addition, the city has 25 townhouse-style buildings, each consisting of two separate apartments.

Scheduling director Jerry Millard said that the planning department holds preliminary meetings every Wednesday with at least three different developers. Apartment buildings are often discussed at these meetings, but this does not necessarily mean that these projects will be approved, Millard added.

One of Millard’s goals is to keep the designs of multi-family and single-family homes roughly the same. There are currently 2,588 single-family homes within the city limits of Liberty Hill, while projects that are eligible, under consideration, or planned total 2,504 units.

“They are not all approved yet, so there is a possibility that they will never appear,” he said. “But now we are seeing an oversupply of single-family housing and a shortage of multi-unit style homes such as duplexes, townhouses, and single-family rental homes that are still considered multi-unit projects.”

Millard added that the number of apartment buildings proposed for construction in the area is a good thing because it will match the number of single-family homes that are already here.

“I don’t object to the introduction of additional apartment buildings, because the number of those one-family houses that we have will correspond to the planned number of apartment buildings,” he said. “We need to increase the number of apartment buildings because we want to make sure Liberty Hill doesn’t become a bedroom community.”

Millard added that the city also needs businesses to grow with housing growth because they are the ones that fund the city’s renovations and infrastructure.

“You get the best commercial real estate value-added tax, so you want that commercial growth to equal or exceed residential growth,” he said. “That’s where we’ve failed so far. We can’t just call HEB and tell them to build here. We need to get to the point where these retailers feel it’s financially beneficial for them to come to us.”

Millard said major stores are not going to open stores in Liberty Hill based on the city’s population of approximately 6,800, even though the extraterritorial jurisdiction surrounding Liberty Hill has more residents than the city limits.

“Properties like the Santa Rita Ranch and the Stonewall Ranch are not within the city, but they completely affect the way we do business,” he added. “However, we cannot control these projects because they are not within the city limits.”

The only single-family home project underway within the city limits is the Butler Farms subdivision, which is being built west of Liberty Hill High School on Highway 29.

As for apartment buildings, nine different developments are planned within the city. These include the following projects:

• Core Spaces, located on Orchard Ridge Parkway and Highway 29 on the north side of County Road 266, 144 multi-family townhouses and 374 single-family rental homes.

• Hidden Lane Glen, located south of downtown Liberty Hill at 1869 Ranch Road, 136 units.

• Fort Tumbleweed, located on the north side of Highway 29, east of Liberty Hill High School, includes two different tenements, one with tenement style and one with traditional tenements, for a total of 476 units.

• Liberty Center, located on Highway 29. It will contain businesses along the highway and 240 apartment buildings beyond.

• Avila Vista, located on Highway 29 east of County Road 266, includes 150 apartment buildings.

• Holmes 29, located on Holmes Road on the north side of Highway 29, has a total of 320 apartments.

• Rio Oaks, located on the Seward Junction Loop north of Summerlin, has a total of 260 apartment buildings.

• The yet-to-be-named Pol site, located on the southeast corner of Highway 29 and Highway 183, includes two blocks of multi-unit dwellings, with a total of 766 units.

• An unnamed project located on the north side of Highway 29 east of Ft. Tumbleweed includes a total of 156 traditional tenements.

Outside the city, but within the ETJ, six different projects are planned. This includes:

• Summerlyn duplex complex, located on Highway 183 near Summerlyn, with 246 apartments.

• Larkspur Apartment Building, located between Larkspur Boulevard and the Highland 183 project on Highway 183, 539 planned blocks of flats.

• Twelve oak trees located in the northern part of the Kaufmann Loop with a planned construction of 220 apartments.

• Twelve Oaks Estage, located on the Kaufman Loop east of Ronald Reagan Boulevard, is planned to be built in three phases, with a total of 597 units when completed.

• Kauffman Loop Apartments, located directly on Kauffman Loop between Morningstar and Omega Ranch, with a total of 144 planned apartment buildings.

All of these projects that have been approved for zoning and are in the process of being developed do not have official site plans, which means they are still subject to change, Millard. said.

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