Round Rock’s population growth slower than expected within city limits, report says

A new capital infrastructure report in Round Rock shows population growth is slower within city limits than expected. (Brooke Sjoberg / Community Impact Journal)

A new capital infrastructure report in Round Rock shows population growth is slower within city limits than expected.

This information was included in a presentation of the capital improvement plan at a December 2 city council meeting. The report document states in its conclusion that population growth within city limits has “proceeded more slowly than expected” in the analysis of city impact charges, but that the total number of connections to the systems city ​​water and sewerage system was as expected. . The city also collected approximately $ 2 million more in impact fees in fiscal year 2020-2021 than in fiscal year 2019-20 due to increased business development.

“I think there are currently five multi-family complexes under construction,” said director of utilities Michael Thane. “There are four more that are pending permits.”

Income from impact charges is used to build infrastructure, especially infrastructure that allows the city to increase its capacity to connect additional water and utilities, Thane said. These connections allow new developments to be easily linked to the city’s public services.

Trends in residential building permits are also detailed, showing that more permits were filed in municipal utility districts located within city extraterritorial jurisdiction than within city limits. This trend has persisted for the past five years, the data shows.

“As you look here, in our projections, we have actually grown more slowly with population than we expected over the past 10 years,” Thane said. “We thought we would be around 123,000 in 2019. We were actually around 116,000. Just because the population wasn’t increasing, Round Rock was increasing because of business ventures and all that.”

Thane said creating additional utility connections helps make the area attractive to residential and commercial developers.

“We are building a lot of these projects so that [for] these properties in the northeast, there is water, sewage infrastructure in the ground [already]”Thane said.

The new growth, he said, creates the opportunity for benefits, such as the rehabilitation of pipelines and water resources.

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