2017 Williamson County Growth Summit: 7 game-changing projects north of Austin

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Dec 14th, 2017

More than 500 people attended the 2017 Williamson County Growth Summit on Thursday at the Sheraton Austin Georgetown Hotel & Conference Center to talk about the massive opportunities — and challenges — for developing this nascent market.

Want to know what’s on the horizon in the rapidly growing county north of Austin? Check out the projects below to learn abut thousands of homes and more commercial space in the pipeline.

In Georgetown, 164 acres to become Italian-style village
This mixed-use development unlike anything in Central Texas will break ground early next year.

Hundreds of houses? At Santa Rita Ranch, try thousands
The massive Santa Rita Ranch master-planned community could have about 6,500 homes when it’s completed — and a center for technology companies.

Boosting Bell Boulevard: Cedar Park’s big revitalization effort
Cedar Park officials want to foster mixed-use development along a part of US 183 in the heart of the city, transforming the strip from a haven for cars to a place where people can walk or bike to work and home.

‘TOD’ district in Leander gets moving
After a slow start, major tenants are bringing big buildings to life around the train station — most notably Austin Community College and St. David’s HealthCare, two powerhouses in the region.

Homes, shops, offices to spring up near Dell HQ
“Our intent is to provide a mixture of high-quality office, residential, hospitality and retail uses to create a dense, mixed-use environment — a first for the city of Round Rock,” developer Paul Cate said.

Water park, resort and convention center pegged near Dell Diamond
When the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center opens in Round Rock, residents and businesses will gain a huge asset.

Hutto turns dirt for a new, true downtown
When it’s complete, a new city hall, library and other public amenities will be flanked by at least $100 million of private development that may include luxury apartments, restaurants, retail and office space, a movie theater, a hotel and conference center.

At the summit, State Rep. Larry Gonzales moderated a panel discussing some of the issues around development, affordability and transportation that are affecting the county. Panelists were:

Bill Otto, executive vice president at Kalahari Resorts & Conventions
Katherine Caffrey, assistant city manager of Cedar Park
Helen Ramirez, assistant city manager of Hutto
Ed Horne, developer, Santa Rita Ranch
Paul Cate, CEO and president, Mark IV
Iva Wolf McLachlan, president, manager, and attorney, Wolf Legacy LP and Wolf Lakes LP
Jolinda Marshall, TOD principal planner, Capital Metro.

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