Following 23 opposition speakers, developer to withdraw application for CR 175 development in Leander

Published by Community Impact Newspaper on May 25.

Leander Planning and Zoning Commission’s meeting Thursday night was livelier than most with over 20 speakers, rounds of applause and a standing ovation.

With Pat Bryson Municipal Hall at standing room only, the commissioners listened to a presentation about a proposed planned unit development on around 69.1 acres known as the Simpson Tract. The applicant requested a rezoning from interim single-family rural to single-family townhouse, single-family limited and local commercial on the tract that sits southwest of the intersection of Journey Parkway and CR 175 in Leander.

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Leander ISD expands two-way dual-language program to new schools as demand rises

Published by Community Impact Newspaper on May 24.

In the 2018-19 academic year, Leander ISD will be adding two more elementary schools to its two-way dual-language program.

Knowles and Bagdad elementaries will join Whitestone and Reed elementaries in offering the program. LISD began offering dual-language services in 2009 for students who qualified for bilingual education services, said Tina Dozier, LISD English Language Learners director.

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Cedar Park finalizing land buys for Bell redevelopment

Published by Community Impact Newspaper on April 19.

The owners of La Adelita Meat Market said they now pay their monthly rent checks to the city of Cedar Park.

Samantha Rodríguez and her husband, Santiago Palomino, opened La Adelita Meat Market six years ago at 306 Bell Blvd. in Cedar Park. The land where their business is located was one of several properties sold to the city as part of the Bell Boulevard redevelopment project.

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Firefly Aerospace in Cedar Park aiming to launch rockets

Published by Community Impact Newspaper on April 21.

A Cedar Park-based business said it plans to launch rockets into space.

Firefly Aerospace is in the process of developing small satellite launch vehicles. Previously called Firefly Space Systems, the company’s assets, intellectual property and patents were purchased by Dr. Max Polyakov in 2017 and rebranded as Firefly Aerospace.


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Travis County purchases 223 acres in Volente for nature preserve

Published by Community Impact Newspaper on March 22.

Travis County is in the process of purchasing approximately 17 percent of the land within the village of Volente for the Balcones Canyonlands Conservation Plan.

Greg Hammonds is a partner for Grason Volente Investments, the landowner of the property, and he said he has a fully executed agreement with the county for land. The 223-acre property previously made up most of a roughly 300-acre planned development district, or PDD, set up in 2006 with the plan to incorporate around a home per acre, according to Hammonds and Volente Mayor Ken Beck.

“Getting the development approvals from the village of Volente dragged on for years,” Hammonds said. “By the time we reached an agreement with the village, the market had turned. As the market has returned, we chose to sell the property rather than develop it.”

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Leander ISD becomes district of innovation for calendar flexibility

Published by Community Impact Newspaper on March 22.

Leander ISD is now a district of innovation.

Following a three-month process, the district’s board of trustees voted in favor of the designation Feb. 15. The district of innovation, or DOI, system allows school districts to use exemptions from certain aspects of Texas Education Code.

Proponents of becoming a DOI say it offers LISD local control over the academic calendar, providing the ability to adjust when the school year can begin and end to better benefit students’ and families’ schedules.

Those in opposition say that approving the DOI for calendar flexibility could open the door to other exemptions allowed by the program, including exemptions from mandates regarding class-size rations and teacher appraisal requirements.

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As population grows, city of Leander looks to expand its parks system

Published by Community Impact Newspaper on Feb. 21.

This spring approximately 400 children registered for Leander’s Little League program—up from around 225 players enrolled in spring 2017, according to Leander Recreation Director Heather Taylor.

“The growth is uncontrolled right now, so our programs are having to accommodate that growth,” she said.

To address these needs, the parks department will consider adding additional facilities in the upcoming years, including a new baseball field at Benbrook Ranch Park, said Mark Tummons, director of Leander’s Parks and Recreation Department.

Tummons said the parks department plans to create a comprehensive plan, expected to be complete by the end of 2018.

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