Council requests traffic study for garden home development

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City Council directed staff at the Nov. 11 Georgetown City Council meeting to have Spicewood Development complete a full traffic impact analysis, or TIA, to determine on- and off-site improvements resulting from the company’s proposed garden home development.

The developers had proposed building the Gardens at Verde Vista, a 34-acre, 151-unit community near Shell Road and Williams Drive; however, an existing development agreement for the property called for the extension of Verde Vista that would bisect the development and place a “significant economic and functional strain” on the proposed project, said Ryan Ziehe, vice president of land development for Spicewood Development.

Developers requested the city remove the roadway extension from city transportation plans. City Council members said a TIA is needed to determine the feasibility of not building the roadway.

“Before we can decide whether we can kill that road or not kill that road, we have to look at a holistic idea in the area as to what traffic is going to do if it’s not completed,” City Councilman Tommy Gonzalez said to developers at the meeting. “[The TIA} may very well say close [the road extension], we don’t need it, and that’s great. But until we know that for sure, we are just guessing. … All we’re saying is we don’t have enough information without the traffic impact analysis of what your project will do.”

Georgetown Planning Director Andrew Spurgin said TIAs try look at traffic patterns 10 years into the future and are a tool used for public policy development.