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Rental housing development proposed for Mustang Drive gets commission approval

Marble Falls rental housing development

A design overview for a Marble Falls rental housing development proposed by Provident Realty Advisors. On May 6, the Planning and Zoning Commission approved recommending the City Council grant conditional use permits to the developer. Conceptual site plan by LJA Engineering Inc. 

A 192-unit housing development got the green light from the Marble Falls Planning and Zoning Commission during its May 6 meeting. The City Council will make the final call on whether to grant the developer conditional use permits to build 192 single-family rental homes. 

The project, called parcHAUS Marble Falls, would be built on 17.61 acres of land located on the west side of Mustang Drive south of Marble Falls High School. The development was proposed by Provident Realty Advisors, a Dallas-based real estate development firm. 

The land is zoned as part of the Transitional Residential District, which means any development being pursued requires council approval, City Planner Scarlet Moreno said. The project will go before the council on June 1. 

Houses in the development would be organized in pod-like units with courtyard-style common areas located throughout, explained Thomas Hill, director of Single Family for Rent Development for the developer. Units would be one- to three-bedrooms with an average rent of $1,580 a month. 

Marble Falls rental housing development
Thomas Hill, director of Single Family for Rent Development for Provident Realty Advisors, presented plans for a Marble Falls housing development at the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting May 6. If granted permits, the development would bring 192 rental homes to land located south of Marble Falls High School. Staff photo by Brigid Cooley

“You could sell your house and live here and not have to pay steep property taxes,” Hill said. “That seems to be a big driving factor (for renters).” 

Additional development amenities include a pickleball court, a swimming pool, and a dog park.

The commission voted to recommend the council grant the permits with six conditions, including having the developer:

  • conduct a Traffic Impact Analysis report to determine how traffic patterns would be affected;
  • construct a left-turn lane from Mustang Drive to the entry of the development;
  • construct a sidewalk along the lot line adjacent to Mustang Drive up to the Marble Falls Independent School District property line;
  • include a masonry wall as a buffer between the development and any residentially owned lots in the surrounding area; 
  • ensure that lighting within the development is Dark Sky-compliant; 
  • and conduct an evaluation of the wastewater line capacity in the area.

Currently, the high school and nearby apartment complexes are serviced by an 8-inch wastewater line, Moreno explained. The development would use the same line, possibly bringing it to maximum capacity.

“That’s why we’re trying to have (the developers) do this study,” she said. “It’s to ensure that there is sufficient flow through there and that it wouldn’t cause issues later on.”

Before the commission meeting, the city mailed 10 comment cards to adjacent property owners within 200 feet of the development. By the time of the meeting, the commission had received two responses, one expressing opposition to the project and the other voicing approval. 

brigid@thepicayune.com