Cedar Park development on hold after neighbors complain about size

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CEDAR PARK, Texas (KXAN) — Lisa Maggio moved into her dream house near Lakeline Boulevard and West Park Street eight years ago. One of the reasons she bought the house was because of the in-ground pool.

Maggio says swimming is therapy — one of the few reliefs she gets from a disease she suffers from.

But last spring, her pool time was cut short after she says construction workers peered over her backyard fence, as they started to build two buildings to be used for office space. Once Maggio and her neighbors found out about the project, they went to the city and discovered the buildings were too tall and too wide to meet zoning standards. Even though the city had already approved the permits back in October, the city decided to pull it.

Lisa Maggio's backyard with the construction in the background. (Courtesy: Lisa Maggio)

“Even the first floor and the second floor is going to be able to look over my back fence, right into my pool, right into my home,” said Maggio.

According to Cedar Park city code, transitional office space in that area cannot be wider than 100 continuous feet. Original design plans show one of the buildings to be 183 feet long, and the other about 210 feet.

The city says the keyword is continuous. But neighbors say they didn’t get an answer when they asked the city what separates each building to make it not continuous. The only separating feature neighbors can see in the design are downspouts.

“I would like to see the city back up what they said they were going to do and follow their own laws and follow their own rules,” explains Maggio with frustration.

The city declined to comment saying details will be discussed at Thursday night’s city council meeting which starts at 7 p.m.

Cross Creek of Texas Ltd, the developer of the project, says they have changed the buildings’ design so that the buildings are now 100 percent code-compliant.

Cedar Park Zoning Code.

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