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Monday, March 10, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano
Board of Adjustment rules staff incorrectly determined address
Common sense prevailed at a specially called meeting of the Board of Adjustment Tuesday night.
The board met to interpret whether staff had acted in error in issuing a
Greenberg maintained that the driveway was clearly in the back of the house, with the prime entrance in
The board agreed, and overturned staff’s interpretation unanimously, ruling that the front of the lot was on Grandview. Their interpretation of the code will be used by staff to determine the front of through lots from now on, a
“If the address says Grandview, then that’s your primary entrance. That’s where you get your mail, that’s where you get your deliveries, that’s where your guests come – if you call someone coming into
That common sense took a
Though the case will define how staff deals with through lots in the future, it won’t change that much about the project. Sabas Flores of Kipp Flores Architects explained that they could develop the lot under either set of rules, and had originally submitted plans using Grandview as the primary access.
“Either which way it works. It’s just a shame that he’s been put on hold
The board made similar determinations before, in a variance case, but that was not seen to be a specific direction to staff.
“I think it’s important for the design community that we are consistent, predictable
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City of Austin Board of Adjustment: The city's Board of Adjustment is a quasi-judicial body that decides on variances, special exceptions and can issue interpretations of code.