The Southern Pointe subdivision cleared another hurdle Thursday after its preliminary plan, along with all 23 waivers that were requested for the development, was approved by the College Station Planning and Zoning Commission.
The 553-acre development just outside the city limits off Texas 6 will be the county's second municipal utility district, and is planned to replace the Texas World Speedway. Design plans for the master-planned community were presented Thursday. They call for 1,994 single-family lots, as well as two lots for commercial uses, a school, a fire station and parkland.
The municipal utility district, or MUD, was first approved by the City Council in March 2014. A MUD is a political subdivision of the state authorized by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to provide water, sewer, drainage and other services within the district's boundaries. Created as a way to finance infrastructure, developers front the costs of MUDs and are later reimbursed through the issuance of bonds. Taxes assessed on property within a MUD can also cover expenses.
Since then, several agreements related to the MUD have been approved, including one that extends the city's planning authority over the property. While the MUD is located within the city's extraterritorial jurisdiction, the agreement sets development standards for land use, density and more that are comparable to what would be required within the city limits.
Each of the 23 waivers requested by the developer for various city subdivision regulations, which help provide connectivity to improve street networks, were granted. They were related to block lengths and perimeters, street projections, parking and access ways. City staff had recommended denial of 11 of the requested waivers.
The subdivision will eventually sit on the site of the super-speedway, but according to Texas World Speedway's website, private tests and events at the track are scheduled through the end of the year.
This story has been updated.