Two proposed development projects, including a self-storage facility, have drawn the ire of subdivision residents near Cedar Park, Texas. Residents have collected more than 600 signatures on a petition designed to stop two separate developers from building a gas station and a storage facility on a 10-acre site that is part of the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction. The designation means city officials cannot dictate zoning on the property.
Developer Brian Birdwell wants to build Dies Ranch Storage on 7.5 acres of the lot, which he purchased last year. The facility would comprise 90,000 square feet and 700 storage units. It would be surrounded by masonry walls and landscaping.
The property lies between two Cedar Park subdivisions—Bella Vista and Twin Creeks. The resident petition calls both projects “inconsistent with the character” of the surrounding master-planned communities.
“Those types of communities generally have a need for storage because residents aren’t able to store as many things on their property to comply with covenants of the community,” Birdwell said. “Beyond that, I looked around and saw what the market demand was and thought there was a good opportunity.”
Birdwell also said he is willing to work with residents on landscaping and building aesthetics that would help blend the facility into the area.