The Killeen City Council is set to vote Tuesday on an agreement to allow a nearly 1,400-acre subdivision to be developed in the city’s extraterritorial district.
If approved, Bell County Municipal District No. 2 would bring about 3,750 homes south of the intersection of Chaparral and Trimmier roads over the next 15 to 20 years.
The development, named Turnbo Ranch, would create a new taxing entity in Bell County. The tax revenue from MUD-2 would help the developer, Bruce Whitis, pay for the development’s infrastructure.
MUD-1 — also owned by Whitis — is near Belton.
In a 4-3 vote in March, the council denied the project after tense negotiations about the future of the city’s development.
Among the sticking points were the cost of an elevated storage tank, lighting standards and building specifications.
After losing the vote in March, Whitis began a new process, which would allow him to establish MUD-2 with or without the city’s consent through the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
“TCEQ is very clear,” said Scott Osburn, city attorney for planning. “If the applicant meets the burden, then TCEQ shall consent to the creation of the MUD.”
One stipulation requires Whitis to obtain water and sewer services for his development, which Whitis hopes Killeen will provide.
Over the past three months, through continued closed-session negotiations with the council, Whitis has made several concessions, including paying $2.5 million for the construction of an elevated water storage tank.
Whitis also agreed to pay $4.1 million in construction on Chaparral Road and to cap the amount of homes in the development at 3,000, Osburn said. Previously the development was supposed to be as large as 4,500 homes.
During discussions at Tuesday’s workshop, the council was presented with a summary of the agreement.
Councilman Terry Clark said that he is more willing to accept the terms of the new agreement than with the last draft.
“There’s a lot of what-ifs when you are looking at a 50-page document,” Clark said.
“I had a lot of reservations in March, but I feel much more comfortable here than in July.”
Mayor Dan Corbin, who does not have a vote, said it might be time to consent to the agreement.
“When I look at it, I look at what are the alternatives to this,” Corbin said.
“I think we have made some great improvements through negotiations, and the question is: Can we push the developer anymore than we already have?”
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