An 11-acre plat of land in Lakeway was rezoned to commercial/retail status during Lakeway City Council's June 15 meeting.
The rezoning was the latest step in the advancement of a multiuse development called The Square on Lohmans, which will mostly contain residential housing. The rezoning approval for the 11 acres is for a parcel that sits along Lohmans Crossing.
Two Lakeway residents living near the acreage submitted complaints to City Council, expressing their objections, citing added traffic, noise and higher density.
Information from the city states the land's owners, Carlson, Brigance & Doering Inc., must submit for approval a preliminary plan and plat to the Lakeway Planning & Zoning Commission and City Council prior to its development.
A representative for the development, Bill Hayes of Legend Communities, told council that commercial aspects of any development can often take a long time to develop, and the biggest priority for the development on Lohmans Crossing is to get the zoning approved and then get the infrastructure and roads built first.
"From the commercial side, it's not like there is a rush to put anything commercial on the ground right now," Hayes said.
During public comment on the rezoning, Lakeway resident Tom Kilgore requested that council approve the rezoning but with a limitation that all businesses put into the plat stay under 25,000 square feet and that restrictions be put in place only allowing for certain businesses. City staff members clarified later that any businesses not covered under the office/retail zoning category would require a special-use permit.