Stories by Daniel Salazar

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 by Daniel Salazar

Postponement shows ZAP issues around receiving timely public comment

The Zoning and Platting Commission voted to postpone the only zoning discussion case of their first meeting of the year. The request was to grant Townhouse & Condominium Residence (SF-6) district zoning on 24.3 acres at 8201 Thaxton Road. But…

Thursday, January 7, 2021 by Daniel Salazar

Kathie Tovo: A ‘completely unexpected’ year

For Kathie Tovo, who has been on Austin City Council since 2011, 2020 was a year like no other. Tovo told the Austin Monitor that she’s most proud of some of the work she did on the city’s response to…

Wednesday, January 6, 2021 by Daniel Salazar

Jimmy Flannigan: Taking care of unfinished business

Since losing to Mackenzie Kelly in Northwest Austin’s District 6 runoff election, City Council Member Jimmy Flannigan has focused on keeping his head down, continuing to work and trying to “figure out what’s next.” “There’s a lot of work that…

Thursday, December 17, 2020 by Daniel Salazar

South Austin multifamily project gets ZAP approval, Council postponement

The Zoning and Platting Commission has recommended multifamily zoning for a project at 10304 Old San Antonio Road in South Austin. But City Council will not take up the case until next year amid questions about traffic safety and flooding. Wendy…

Monday, December 14, 2020 by Daniel Salazar

Council approves church land use, zoning requests

City Council has granted initial approval to a series of land use and zoning changes for the David Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in the Chestnut neighborhood of East Austin. The church, located at 2211 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.,…

Monday, December 7, 2020 by Daniel Salazar

Planning Commission recommends rezoning part of Baker School property historic, in break with landmark commission

At its Nov. 24 meeting, the Planning Commission voted to zone part of the Baker School property historic, embracing a staff-supported recommendation to omit historic zoning for the surrounding parking lots. The vote represented a break with the position of…

Monday, November 30, 2020 by Daniel Salazar

Environmental Commission endorses variance for new Concordia dorm

The Environmental Commission has recommended a variance for Concordia University in order to build a new residence hall on its campus in Northwest Austin. The university wants to construct another campus residence hall for students at 11400 Concordia University Drive…

Wednesday, November 25, 2020 by Daniel Salazar

Environmental Commission approves variances for water treatment plant upgrades

The Environmental Commission on Friday approved a series of environmental variances for improvements to the Albert H. Ullrich water treatment plant near Tom Miller Dam and Red Bud Isle west of downtown Austin. A total of seven variances are needed…

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 by Daniel Salazar

ULI, Downtown Alliance tout cap-and-stitch design for I-35

A panel at the Urban Land Institute of Austin’s monthly breakfast on Wednesday discussed the cap-and-stitch model for Interstate 35. Groups like ULI and the Downtown Austin Alliance are behind an I-35 redesign that would cap the highway with parks…

Monday, November 23, 2020 by Daniel Salazar

ZAP approves commercial zoning for Johnny Morris Road property

The Zoning and Platting Commission has approved a rezoning for commercial development near Colony Park. Commissioners voted Tuesday to rezone a property at 7008 Johnny Morris Road in Northeast Austin to Community Commercial with mixed-use and conditional overlay combining districts.…

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 by Daniel Salazar

ZAP weighs industrial rezoning request near Colony Park

The Zoning and Platting Commission has recommended rezoning a tract near Colony Park in response to a request to build a refrigerated warehouse in Northeast Austin. The commission heard a rezoning request for a 14.7-acre property at 6215 1/2 Johnny…

Monday, November 16, 2020 by Daniel Salazar

Planning Commission approves zoning, land use changes for Govalle project

The Planning Commission has approved zoning and future land use map changes for a mixed-use project in the Govalle area of East Austin. A developer wanted to change the future land use map from commercial and single-family to mixed-use for…

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 by Daniel Salazar

City studies changes in Austin’s industrial land use

Mark Walters with the Housing and Planning Department gave a presentation to Zoning and Platting commissioners last week on a city study that evaluated trends of industrial land use in Austin. Walters said city staffers have noticed the “continuing erosion…

Monday, November 9, 2020 by Daniel Salazar

Parks board wants bigger say on financial, budget issues

The Parks and Recreation Board is making a move to dive deeper into the financial and budgetary issues that affect the city’s parks department. At the board’s Oct. 27 meeting, Board Member Sarah Faust made a recommendation to modify the…

Friday, November 6, 2020 by Daniel Salazar

Planning Commission approves vertical mixed use on South Congress

Last week the Planning Commission approved a rezoning for a new multifamily project at 4329 S. Congress Ave. between State Highway 71 and St. Elmo Road. Through the vote, commissioners recommended adding a Vertical Mixed-Use Building combining district to the site’s…

Thursday, November 5, 2020 by Daniel Salazar

Planning Commission postpones ‘Statesman’ tract cases

In its Oct. 27 meeting, the Planning Commission indefinitely postponed consideration of neighborhood plan amendment and rezoning cases related to transforming the Austin American-Statesman site at 305 S. Congress Ave. A development team wants to redevelop the newspaper’s downtown property…

Thursday, October 29, 2020 by Daniel Salazar

ZAP briefed on Onion Creek flooding and development

Zoning and Platting commissioners were briefed last Tuesday on the effects of flooding on development in South Austin’s Onion Creek. Kevin Shunk, the floodplain administrator in the city’s Watershed Protection Department, gave the presentation in response to questions from ZAP.…

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 by Daniel Salazar

Proposed discharge permit draws ire of city, Environmental Commission

The Environmental Commission received an update Wednesday on the impacts of a proposed wastewater treatment plant southwest of Austin. Abel Porras, the supervising engineer in the Environmental Resource Management Division of the city’s Watershed Protection Department, described the water quality…

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 by Daniel Salazar

City prepares to implement new Wildland-Urban Interface fire code

Austin Fire Department officials gave the Environmental Commission an update on the new Wildland-Urban Interface Code Wednesday. City Council voted in April to adopt the new code, which regulates residential and commercial building requirements to protect structures against wildfires. With the…

Friday, October 23, 2020 by Daniel Salazar

ZAP approves rezoning for multifamily near Connally High School

The Zoning and Platting Commission has approved a rezoning request for a multifamily apartment complex on Austin’s far northern fringe. At its Tuesday meeting, ZAP approved rezoning 23.6 acres of undeveloped land for the Cypress Creek Apartment Homes at 1417…

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