Annexations, rezoning and other takeaways from the Leander council meeting this week

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Leander City Council members discussed the following items during their meeting Thursday night.

  • Leander City Council decided to cast its one vote for district two candidate Emily Pataki to the Pedernales Electric Cooperative 2017 Board of Directors. According to the meeting agenda packet, Pataki has been on the board since 2014 and currently serves as board president. Her opponent, William Boggs, is a former member of PEC’s board.
  • Council members unanimously approved Journey Bible Fellowship’s request to amend zoning for a daycare, as recommended by the Leander Planning & Zoning Commission members, during their meeting on June 1. A public hearing was conducted and no citizens spoke.
  • The council also unanimously approved the zoning commission-recommended proposal from Deerbrooke Land Austin, LLC, which requested to amend the Deerbrooke PUD district to replace the multi-family district with a cottage housing district. A public hearing took place and no citizens spoke.
  • A public hearing opened on the creation of the Deerbrooke Public Improvement District and will close on June 15. Leander Economic Development Director Mark Willis said that a PID is a district where homeowners provide funding for public improvements by paying an additional tax. If approved, the Deerbrooke PID would create a bridge, nature trail and landscaping features, according to the agenda packet.
  • No citizens spoke at the first public hearing on the voluntary annexation of approximately 102.5 acres of land at the northeast intersection of Ronald Regan Blvd. and 2243. Assistant City Manager Tom Yantis said that the council passed the resolution commencing annexation in April. The second public hearing will take place on June 15, according to the agenda packet.
  • The council approved a purchase agreement with Purvis Technology for $134,860. The agreement will provide more technology for fire stations two and three to reduce response time, Leander Public Information Officer Michael Neu said.
  • Former mayor pro tem Ron Abruzzese nominated council member Jeff Seiler for the position of mayor pro tem for the upcoming year. The appointment was approved unanimously.

“I was very committed to doing it to my utmost ability,” Abruzzese said. “I think I’ve done it and it’s been a great time this year.”

  • The council approved a resolution beginning the process of involuntary annexation of approximately 4,982 acres with a few provisions. The land is generally located south of CR 280, north and east of Old FM 2243 West and west of North Bagdad Road.