Council approves Lakeway Estates plat
Rather than cramming 33 homes onto the topographically challenging 46-acre tract west of Serene Hills Drive, as had been proposed, the Lakeway City Council has approved a preliminary plat for the 11-lot residential development of Lakeway Estates.
The large lots will range in size from 3 to nearly 5 acres, said Building and Development Services Director Ray Miller.
Serene Hills Pass would be developed into a public road with a cul-desac, and a private road, Madrone Canyon Drive, would be developed for the project. It required a variance so the private street within the project could be built more narrowly than the city code’s required road width of 24 feet where the road makes a hairpin turn along the edge of a canyon. Miller said the project’s common boundary with the Canyonlands park caused some engineering hardships.
“Behind every variance, you can always say that cost is a factor,” Miller said. “I think this (hardship) is the uniqueness of the topography . ... It’s going to continue to get interest, and this is a way to preserve that canyon by having a very low-density development.”
The developer initially asked for the turn to be allowed at 16 feet wide, but council members balked at the narrow turn at the edge of a drop-off, and conditioned approval of the variance on increasing the width of the road at the turn at 20 feet wide.
“I can’t imagine a 16-foot area where two cars are trying to pass and a pedestrian on the road at the same time,” Council Member Keith Trecker said. “You’re looking for trouble.”
Miller pointed out the Lakeway Estates proposed development would see negligible traffic, around 50 trips per day, due to the low number of lots within the project.
Jerry Perales, the engineer for the project, said he could make the road wider by building more support for it out into the drop-off by the road.
The variance for the road width of 20 feet at the turn was passed, with Council Member Jean Hennagin voting against. The preliminary plat for the Lakeway Estates project also passed with Hennagin voting no.