Leander Council to hold public hearing on zoning for new preschool


The Leander City Council is expected to hear public comments on a proposed special use zoning permit for a new private preschool at its July 19 meeting. 

The proposed zoning exception, for a parcel of land at 10804 E. Crystal Falls Parkway, would allow Champion Kids to build a new preschool on 5.84 acres at that location. 

Champion Kids manager Maria Harrington said the school intends to serve families with children aged 18 months to 5 years, primarily from the Leander ISD area. 

Harrington said school will welcome families from surrounding towns but, primarily, enrollments are expected from to be from Leander.

According to city documents, Harrington notes that Champion’s planned usage for the land will be for a smaller operation than a previous plan to repurpose the tract into personal and medical offices costing several million dollars. 

Local orthodontist Ronald Barnett, who owns the property, abandoned that plan and began leasing the property to Champion Kids in May. 

Harrington said she will not propose architectural changes to the original building on the site and the day care facility will be open for 150 days or less a year. 

Champion Kids plans to open enrollment in September and will be open each Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Harrington said the school plans to operate on a schedule that works in conjunction with Leander ISD’s schedule during the school year.

The Council will also discuss the award of a construction budget for Lakewood Park for a little more than $8 million and an award of bid to West Coast Code Consultants Inc. for commercial and residential plan review services and Lupton Backflow Testing and Repair LLC for backflow device inspections and testing on an as-needed basis for a term of 36 months.

The Leander City Council will meet at 7 p.m. July 19 at Pat Bryson Municipal Hall, 201 N. Brushy St., Leander.