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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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 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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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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Friday, January 13, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Developer proposes twin PIDs for single development

The man behind Travis County’s first official public improvement district is back for more, this time with a proposal that ratchets up the complexity of an already intricate process. Last Tuesday, Pete Dwyer of Dwyer Realty Companies presented to the…

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Thursday, January 12, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Planning Commission approves Plaza Saltillo project, affordability level disputed

After what Chair Stephen Olivier called “officially our longest case ever,” the Planning Commission approved three rezoning items associated with the six tracts of the Plaza Saltillo project at its Jan. 10 meeting. The properties, owned by the Capital Metropolitan…

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Monday, December 19, 2016 by Jack Craver

Council moves toward Austin Oaks PUD approval

Shortly after approving the contentious Grove at Shoal Creek planned unit development on Thursday, City Council took an important step toward approving another West Austin development that has divided neighbors over concerns about traffic, environmental protection and neighborhood preservation. In…

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Thursday, December 15, 2016 by Joseph Caterine

Waiver applicant pitches restrictive covenant with themselves

The Planning Commission voted 7-4 at its Dec. 13 meeting to postpone a decision on a compatibility waiver for a new multifamily residential development called the Lofts at 12th, located at 2724 East 12th St. The waiver would accommodate the…

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