The Killeen City Council is at a major crossroads with Bell County Municipal Utility District No. 2.
If the council does not approve an agreement with MUD-2’s developer at today’s meeting, the city could face $10 million in construction costs for utility infrastructure on the project and lose all its say in the project.
Local developer Bruce Whitis plans to bring 3,750 homes to a 4-mile-long tract south of the intersection of Chaparral and Trimmier roads just outside of Killeen’s city limits.
If approved by the state, MUD-2 would create a new taxing district in Bell County.
Tax revenue generated from MUD-2 would help Whitis pay for utility and transportation infrastructure as the project grows over the next 15 to 20 years.
The council tried killing MUD-2 in March, voting down Whitis’ application through the 83rd Texas Legislature, 4-3, because it disagreed with the council’s vision for the future of Killeen.
Whitis then purchased the land and applied for a MUD through the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality — another state agency.
TCEQ will allow Whitis to form MUD-2 with or without the city’s consent; however, first he must obtain water and sewer services for the development.
Today’s vote is the last opportunity the council has to agree to the 50-page MUD-2 consent agreement, hashed out over nine months of tense negotiations between Whitis and the council.
Among the concessions Whitis made: He agreed to pay half of the cost of a $2.5 million elevated water storage tank plus $4.1 million in improvements to Chaparral Road and to comply with many development standards, such as a minimum 25 percent open space and a maximum 2.75 dwellings per acre.
If the council votes down the agreement today, it will face a future vote to provide water and sewer services to the development, according to TCEQ.
That option would require the city to build $10 million of infrastructure on the project — infrastructure Whitis is currently offering to build — without the current agreement on development standards.
If the council does not agree to provide water and wastewater services, Whitis will have to find another water provider before he can establish MUD-2 without the city’s consent.
If you go
The Killeen City Council will meet at 5 p.m. today in the council chambers of Killeen City Hall, 101 N. College St.
Contact Brandon Janes at firstname.lastname@example.org or (254) 501-7552