Stories by Alyx Wilson

Friday, March 15, 2019 by Alyx Wilson

Junction Athletic Complex concerns don’t find a place at ZAP meeting

The Zoning and Platting Commission’s hands were tied when it came to many of the concerns raised by neighbors at ZAP’s March 5 meeting on the proposed Junction Athletic Complex at 8921 W. U.S. Highway 290.The case was only set…

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 by Alyx Wilson

ZAP unanimously approves Keilbar Lane rezone

The Zoning and Platting Commission granted its blessing to a new condominium development at 1903 Keilbar Lane during their Jan. 29 meeting.The applicant, Michael Winningham, hopes to build up to seven condominium units which he said he believes are compatible…

Thursday, February 7, 2019 by Alyx Wilson

ZAP contemplates uprooting

Last month, on Jan. 15, the Zoning and Platting Commission heard a long-awaited briefing from the University of Texas’ Uprooted study on gentrification and displacement in Austin.Dr. Jake Wegmann, one of the three authors, presented a summarized version of the…

Monday, January 14, 2019 by Alyx Wilson

Neighborhood planning poised to change

The Planning Commission was recently briefed on the future of small area planning by Planning and Zoning staff.Austin has focused its small area planning around the neighborhood planning strategy since a 1997 City Council resolution. But subsequent to a resolution…

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 by Alyx Wilson

New multifamily slated for Old Bee Caves Road

The owners of an 18-acre plot at 6901 Old Bee Caves Road earned a recommendation from the Planning Commission at its Nov. 27 meeting for a change that would add mixed-use zoning to the tract.The developer hopes to build 315…

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 by Alyx Wilson

Old UT Co-op gets an upzoning after being empty for over a year

The University of Texas Law School Foundation owns the building that used to be a retail UT Co-op store on the corner of Medical Arts and Dean Keeton streets (2902 Medical Arts St. and 2901 Hampton Road). The foundation came…

Thursday, November 15, 2018 by Alyx Wilson

Planning Commission recommends Sekrit Theater move forward with tiny housing development

The Planning Commission recommended a rezoning Tuesday for an East Austin venue known as Sekrit Theater that will enable the owner to turn the two-acre plot into a tiny housing development, with some conditions.The owner, Austin artist Beau Reichert, requested…

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 by Alyx Wilson

Planning Commission balks at neighborhood VMU

At its Oct. 23 meeting, the Planning Commission found itself reeling at a request for vertical mixed use on a rezoning case in Windsor Park at 6203, 6205 and 6207 Berkman Drive. The applicant presented two options that were agreed…

Thursday, October 25, 2018 by Alyx Wilson

Historic building could be renamed after freed slave Rev. Jacob Fontaine

At their most recent meeting, Planning commissioners were briefed on a proposed name change of a historic building at 2402 San Gabriel St. near the University of Texas. The building was most recently known as home to Freedmen’s barbecue restaurant,…

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 by Alyx Wilson

ZAP favors half of zoning case

In the end, the Zoning and Platting Commission approved a rezoning for 200 feet of a property just east of U.S. Highway 183 at 7712 FM 969. However, the approval was made not exactly at the recommendation of staff or…

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 by Alyx Wilson

Planning Commission approves the removal of a heritage tree downtown

The Planning Commission approved a rare heritage tree variance at a recent meeting.The commission only sees cases like this one, where people are looking to remove protected trees that exceed 30 inches in diameter, once a year or less. This…

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 by Alyx Wilson

ZAP recommends driveway at South Chisholm Trail

After several years of debate on what to do with the two lots on the corner of Slaughter Lane and South Chisholm Trail, a deal has been struck. Jim Wittliff, representing the property owner Mario Solis, presented the compromise for…

Friday, October 12, 2018 by Alyx Wilson

Island Cove boat dock variance passes with some tension from neighbors

At its Oct. 2 meeting, the Zoning and Platting Commission approved an environmental variance on a site plan for a boat dock sitting below Mount Bonnell at 4409 Island Cove. The variance passed with a “soft no” from staff and…

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 by Alyx Wilson

ZAP endorses Camelback PUD

For more than two hours, 25 Austinites spoke in support of or in opposition to, or expressed a neutral stance on, a new planned unit development known as the Camelback PUD at the most recent meeting of the Zoning and…

Friday, September 28, 2018 by Alyx Wilson

ZAP commissioners clash on a vote for extended Rundberg Lane and Belmont Apartments

Between the rotating podium speakers and the flurry of questions from across the dais, everyone had at least a few clashing opinions about a District 1 rezoning case at the Zoning and Platting Commission on Tuesday night.LDG Development LLC applied…

Friday, September 14, 2018 by Alyx Wilson

Ballpark Apartments protesters disrupt Planning Commission meeting

This week’s Planning Commission meeting came to an unexpected and abrupt pause on Tuesday. Around a dozen protestors from Defend Our Hoodz, or Defiende el Barrio, chose to stand and chant in the middle of the agenda reading rather than…

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 by Alyx Wilson

Plans for Colony District Park permit move forward

The Zoning and Platting Commission had a few questions before unanimously approving a conditional use permit for additional amenities to Colony District Park last Tuesday.The park, which is located at 7201 Colony Loop Drive, is home to Overton Elementary School,…

Thursday, August 9, 2018 by Alyx Wilson

Travis County delays approval of extended hours for Waterloo Music Festival

Waterloo Music Festival is scheduled for Sept. 7-10 this year at Carson Creek Ranch. The new festival will have camping and music five minutes north of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.Event promoter David Machinist with Jam Fest LLC appeared in the Travis…

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 by Alyx Wilson

Travis County approves new voting system

The Travis County Commissioners Court unanimously approved a new electronic voting system for Travis County Tuesday morning. The $8.2 million contract with Election Systems and Software’s (ES&S) ExpressVote system was recommended by Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir after 15 years…

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