About PUDS: .
PUDS are supposed to multi-model. The city documents state that a PUD must be walkable, bikeable and served by transit.
Since there was a high capacity transit station proposed in Imagine Austin for Anderson and Mopac, the applicant is saying they're served by light rail because it's proposed for that corner and there is a Metro Rapid station over 2 miles away on Burnet Road even though the voters have not yet decided on rail.
The development is not supposed to begin construction until 2020, they claim. What's the rush to get the PUD now?
A PUD is, most importantly a "partnership" with the city. A PUD makes the city accountable and responsible (tax payer funded) for making sure the infrastructure is in place to support the developer in their PUD "partnership".
What is rail doesn't pass?
The transportation staffers are saying that that argument is a stretch and that they'll have to get Cap Metro to provide service to the site and that they cannot create failed traffic movements. (The TIA shows this development will create E and F movements. These are deemed unacceptable.)
You can improve the traffic impact by re-striping traffic lanes and by re-signalizing but you cannot fix bridges over Mopac magically. These have to be widened and pedestrian access has to be built.
Here's what the developers agent said in response to some questions asked at a meeting with NWACA: "We'd like to review options for a potential dual left turn from Spicewood Springs onto Mopac." ((A dual left is currently provided, per the City there is no additional capacity for the bridge across Mopac. Did they even go to the site where they did the traffic study???))
See appendix for the city docs.
About PUDS: .