Written by the Austin Business Journal – 12/21/2015
Hundreds of new affordable housing options and more space for commercial projects are on the drawing board for Austin now that City Council has taken the final step to approve a new zoning designation for an undeveloped area of Southeast Austin.
Called Pilot Knob, the site in question lies on 2,217 undeveloped acres near Austin-Bergstrom International Airport between McKinney Falls Parkway to the west, FM 1625 and U.S. Highway 183 to the east, and from William Cannon Drive in the north to Rodriguez Road in the south.
The developer, Brookfield Residential, received final approval of its Planned Unit Development zoning at the Dec. 17 City Council meeting (the one where ride-hailing was debated into the early morning.) The new zoning allows the site to be developed with as many as 14,300 dwelling units and up to 4.6 million square feet of civic or commercial space, as well as 400 acres for parks and open space. Additionally, 200 acres are set aside to develop a mixed-use town center area.