Growth In Leander About To Explode

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Growth in Leander about to explode

Growth in Leander about to explode

Quita Culpepper, KVUE3:14 p.m. CST February 9, 2015

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LEANDER, Texas -- Leander is the fourth fastest-growing city in the state of Texas, and city leaders say the days of being a so-called suburb of Austin are about to end.

Leander Mayor Christopher Fielder said the city has 62 square miles of buildable space. A map provided by the city shows more than two dozen new developments being built, and in the planning stages across the city.

"We have about 14,000 homes under some form of development," said Fielder. "Either platted, pre-platted, starting construction, development agreements. That 14,000 is a 10 to 15 year build out."

In a few months, construction on Leander's first five-story building will be finished. It will be the tallest structure in the city, and Austin Community College is building a new campus by Leander's Metrorail station.

Bridget Brant, president of Leander's Chamber of Commerce, said an award-winning school district and lower home prices compared to Austin are drawing people to Leander.

"In the next five years, Leander really is set to just explode and we know that and we're really excited about it," Brandt said. "That's definitely driving the growth of homes here."

Fielder said the city's plan is to first bring in people, then more retailers.

"Our retail and sales tax are up 16 to 18 percent a year, year over year," he said.

Leander city leaders also know what's missing: Major employers. Leander doesn't offer incentives for companies to move to that area, but some are still interested.

"We are working on recruiting those literally even as we speak, and so we want Leander to become not just a place to live but a place to work, play, stay," Brandt said.

City leaders said all their infrastructure planning will help make the growth as painless as possible.

"We've been predicted by demographers to be the largest city in Williamson County in the next 25 years," Fielder said.

Leander's population is estimated to be just over 38,000. Demographers said in the next 20 to 25 years, that number could go as high as 250,000.

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