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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Monday, December 19, 2016 by Joseph Caterine

Planning Commission approves South Austin rezoning despite traffic, flooding concerns

Despite opposition from neighbors, the Planning Commission last week voted to support the rezoning of a South Austin property to allow condominiums and townhouses. At its Dec. 13 meeting, the commission unanimously approved the rezoning of 4507 and 4511 Vinson…

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016 by Jack Craver

Casar pushes for alternative to neighborhood deal on Grove PUD

The fight over the Grove at Shoal Creek, a massive mixed-use development that has sparked fierce debate in surrounding neighborhoods, may not be over after all. A number of City Council members signaled Tuesday that they are not committed to…

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Monday, December 12, 2016 by Syeda Hasan

Testifying on zoning cases can mean waiting for hours – but is that fair?

Last week, when the contentious case for the Grove at Shoal Creek returned yet again to City Hall, City Council made welcome progress – but not quite when people expected it. Council was supposed to start its discussion at 9…

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Monday, November 21, 2016 by Joseph Caterine

Musical infill: ZAP passes ‘spot zoning’ case

The Zoning and Platting Commission heard a rezoning case during its Nov. 15 meeting that drew criticism from neighborhood representatives who saw it as an example of “spot zoning.” The property is located in Northwest Austin at 7901 Ranch Road…

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Thursday, November 3, 2016 by Joseph Caterine

Austin Oaks PUD wins ZAP recommendation

After hours of heated testimony and intense deliberation, the Zoning and Platting Commission passed a motion during its Nov. 1 meeting recommending the Austin Oaks planned unit development rezoning request with conditions. The project has been in the works since…

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016 by Joseph Caterine

Despite protest, commission OKs liquor rezoning

The Planning Commission has endorsed a rezoning case that will result in a Twin Liquors store opening near the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders. Despite opposition from Austin Neighborhoods Council President David King, lack of objection from the…

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016 by Joseph Caterine

Planning Commission debates connectivity over rezoning application

Following a CodeNEXT presentation advocating for greater connectivity in Austin, the Planning Commission had an opportunity to emulate that theme in considering a rezoning application at its Oct. 11 meeting. Applicant Brown & Gay Engineering, represented at the meeting by…

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016 by Syeda Hasan

Council inches closer to action on Grove at Shoal Creek PUD

For several months now, City Council’s decision about whether to approve the zoning for the Grove at Shoal Creek, a proposed 75-acre mixed-use development, has driven hours of debate and faced numerous delays. Why is it taking so long? When…

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