Buda PID workshops are almost over
By CJ Vetter
BUDA – Buda City Council continues to hold a workshop on the possible next Public Improvement District (PID) with Milestone Community Builders.
At its last meeting on May 1, the city council received extensive public testimony and made further progress on the proposal’s green lighting.
PIDs are a funding and development tool provided to cities by the State of Texas and are created in an area within the corporate boundaries or extraterritorial jurisdictions (ETJs) of a city. Owners who would benefit from the PID pay for the upgrades once the assessments are done. Payments made by landlords help fund and pay for the PID without increasing city expenditures and are brought before the city by a private landowner.
Development of the proposed PID began in 2018 and was presented to the board unsolicited by Milestone Community Builders. The main objective of the project is to help build a link road between FM 967 and FM 1626, alongside other residential, commercial and park areas. The project plan also allocates space to build emergency services and school facilities in addition to the construction of a roundabout.
“The first and most important benefit is the improved transportation network,” said Garrett Martin, president of Milestone Community Builders. “This road has been in the plans since 2006, when it was added to the transport master plan. Since that time, very little or nothing has been done to take any meaningful steps to build this road, but with this project, in one fell swoop, they get the right of way and the funding, and a diligent team of managers project to build this road. This is the main benefit number one.
Since Milestone presented the project to the council, they have made many adjustments and participated in several meetings and workshops to help adapt and adapt their project to the needs of the community. Plans have been made to preserve heritage trees alongside local flora, and factors such as aquifer recharge areas and wells have been included. Work has also been done to ensure that the project fits into the city’s master plan and will also connect to pre-existing trails.
“We had three people speak in the last hearing, and in previous hearings we’ve had more than that,” Martin said. “Most of the concerns in the recent ones have been about the timing, of course there have been others, but we have worked with them.”
One of the most pressing issues that has accelerated the process is the SH45 expansion project. To avoid future traffic congestion on the new four-lane highway, the connector will help disperse traffic from one route to two. The city also contributed to the review of the plans through third parties.
“So initially the community was concerned about the schedule, and I think it was rightly so, there’s a lot of congestion, and we weren’t sure we could build as early in the process as possible, so we were cautious about that,” Martin said. “We’re committed to building that road as soon as possible.”
Milestone is aiming for the project to be approved within the next 60 days, with the next meeting on May 17. For more information, you can see their latest presentation on May 3 at www.ci.buda.tx.us/390/Council-Conseil-Commission-Réunions