An upcoming 180-unit affordable housing project in Lake Travis will require action from Lake Travis ISD in order to continue construction.
The development, The Villas at Lakeway, set to be located at 2309 N. RM 620, Austin, will feature rental units for those making 60% of the Greater Austin area’s median household income.
The plat of land is located at near Lake Travis Elementary School and the educational development center site, and according to LTISD, additional sewage capacity is necessary as part of the construction process.
At an April 15 meeting, the Lake Travis ISD board of trustees reviewed a wastewater line easement agreement between the district and Travis County Water Control and Improvement District No. 17. The agreement would enable WCID #17 to connect to a force main, or pressurized sewer pipe, to a manhole located on LTISD property. WCID No. 17 would be completing the project on behalf of The Villas at Lakeway.
According to district information, the proposed easement would grant temporary construction easements set to expire upon completion of the wastewater project, which cannot extend beyond an 18-month period. The easement would also grant permanent access for the limited purposes of maintaining and inspecting the completed force main.
Once construction on the development begins, The Villas at Lakeway could start accepting tenants about 12 months later, developer Kent Conine previously told Community Impact Newspaper.
LTISD general counsel Amber King noted that the agreement is fairly common and said she does not anticipate any negative consequences for the district.
“We are still currently in some discussions about what potential compensation may look like for the district to grant this easement,” King said. “It would be a burden on our land, long-term, although [it would be] underground."
King clarified that she does not feel there would be any significant risk or liability for the district and that the developer would be responsible for continual maintenance.
Board action on this draft will be requested at the regularly scheduled May 20 board meeting.