Monday, January 23, 2017 by Jack Craver

Arguments continue over neighborhood plan contact teams

What’s the difference between a neighborhood association and a neighborhood plan contact team? According to the city of Austin, there’s a big difference. Neighborhood associations, which can be started by anyone, have no formal relationship with city government, whereas neighborhood…

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Friday, January 20, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

North Austin zoning case clears ZAP

At its meeting on Tuesday, the Zoning and Platting Commission approved a request to rezone a Northwest Austin property for Community Commercial (GR) use. Ron Thrower, the agent representing owner and applicant Douglas Reynolds, said his client intends to have…

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Thursday, January 19, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Sidewalk Master Plan recommendations move forward

An overhaul of Austin’s sidewalk regulations took a small but significant step forward Wednesday night after a vote held by a lesser-known body. The Planning and Zoning and Platting commissions’ Codes and Ordinances Joint Committee recommended the initiation of changes…

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Thursday, January 19, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Developer, city arborist agree on heritage tree removal

In a rare exception to the city’s 95 percent preservation rate for heritage trees, the Planning Commission approved staff’s recommendation of a variance during its Jan. 10 meeting that would permit applicant Stantec Inc. to remove two heritage trees in…

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Outdated CodeNEXT draft sets folks aTwitter

The unauthorized release this weekend of a preliminary draft version of the Land Development Code’s next iteration, known as CodeNEXT, via Twitter, started a round of finger-pointing but no conclusive evidence as to the source of the leak. However, the…

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Unadopted South Lamar Corridor Plan influences Planning Commission appeal

A subpar neighborhood traffic analysis did not stop the Planning Commission from granting an appeal for a 60,000-square-foot mixed-use project at 2010 South Lamar Blvd. during its Jan. 10 meeting. Due to the site plan not meeting city code with…

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Another house, another fight at the Historic Landmark Commission

Once again, the Historic Landmark Commission was transformed into an ideological battleground. This time, the battle was centered on what ultimately proved to be a fairly uncontroversial landmark designation in the North University neighborhood. The Brundrett-Winkler House, which was built…

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Friday, January 13, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Fighting demolitions, Ebony Acres residents hope city will recognize their history

Spurred by a rash of proposed demolitions, several East Austin citizens are hoping to move forward with a historic district for their neighborhood later this month. Late last year, potential demolitions on Grant Street, E M Franklin Avenue and Pennsylvania…

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Friday, January 13, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Specter of CodeNEXT informs vertical mixed-use cases at Planning Commission

In two separate cases on Tuesday, the Planning Commission approved vertical mixed-use zoning on Congress Avenue. The majority of the commissioners continue to see VMU zoning as a way to increase density along or near core transit corridors in line…

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