Stories by Ryan Thornton

Thursday, December 12, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Draft Land Development Code approved on first reading

Wrapping up a three-day effort, City Council approved the draft Land Development Code text and map on first reading in a 7-4 vote Wednesday afternoon.In accordance with Council direction, the code revision team will now work to compile and publish…

Thursday, December 12, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Tarrytown food truck approved with change to neighborhood plan

City Council gave final approval to a Tarrytown zoning case on Thursday that also necessitated an amendment to the Central West Austin Combined Neighborhood Plan.Ideally, Council Member Alison Alter said, the applicant’s request – to make room for a food…

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Exception for RV park near Hamilton Pool put on hold

The Travis County Commissioners Court still hasn’t found the middle ground it’s looking for to grant a platting requirement exception for the Bentree RV Resort, a recreational vehicle park that would be developed less than a mile southwest of the…

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Council sets off on long journey to code adoption

City Council took its first go at a first reading of the draft Land Development Code on Monday. Due both to the scope of the issue and scheduling conflicts, that attempt will now be spread out over today and Wednesday,…

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Chief appraiser says market will determine whether code rewrite changes property values

City Council got some clarity Tuesday on the issue of property valuations under the Land Development Code rewrite.Chief Appraiser Marya Crigler of the Travis Central Appraisal District joined Council’s work session to offer context to a conversation Council members began…

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

CAMPO 2040 plan, Stassney Lane overpass highlight common failures of multimodal projects

A recent brief from the Center for American Progress suggests the Austin region’s transportation efforts may ultimately work against its own stated priorities.Kevin DeGood, CAP’s director of Infrastructure Policy and author of the Nov. 13 brief, examined the Capital Area…

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Demolition permitting revision to get going in 2020

The Development Services Department is behind schedule in its effort to revise the city’s demolition permitting process.The department issued a report with nine recommendations for a new process in October 2018. At the time, the department expected to bring its…

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Garza says code needs ‘equity overlay’ to address historic development patterns

Reading through the draft Land Development Code over the last several weeks, Mayor Pro Tem Delia Garza noted that, for all its pages and nuance, the draft has a blind spot around housing equity.Realizing there was no single tool to…

Friday, November 22, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

MLK crossing compromises Capitol Complex pedestrian concept

The Texas Capitol Complex is now well into the first phase of construction. Funding for the second of three phases was allocated during this year’s legislative session.The project lays out a grand vision of a “cultural gateway” linking the Texas…

Thursday, November 21, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Council makes first move for Tarrytown food truck zoning case

David Kanne, the owner of a Tarrytown multifamily residential lot, wants to build a family-friendly play area with a food truck over what today is a filled-in pool and patio on an underused corner of his property at 2401 Winsted…

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

City, Capital Metro, to consider new vision for Red Line trail

In the past week, the city of Austin and Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority have each passed resolutions to renew interest in creating a 32-mile transit- and trail-oriented corridor with hike and bike trails, parks, and easy access to transit stations…

Monday, November 18, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

West Campus overlay grows without Planning Commission expansion

The 2004 University Neighborhood Overlay district has made West Campus a strong contender for the most urban neighborhood in the city. City Council passed an amendment to the district Thursday that will help generate even more growth, but some of…

Thursday, November 14, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Council debates the potential impact of large-scale rezoning on property taxes

Some of City Council’s internal conflict over the Land Development Code may be tied to different understandings of how zoning and development affect residential property taxes.The code rewrite lead team told Council on Tuesday that many residents are worried zoning…

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Council to consider park priorities, long-range plan

City Council will consider adoption of the Austin Parks and Recreation Long-Range Plan on Thursday, though not all Council members are sure the plan’s top priorities jibe with the city’s vision for housing, walkability and equity.If adopted, the plan will…

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Mobility Committee aims to protect streets from parking demand

Parking has been “right-sized” in the draft Land Development Code, though some members of City Council are concerned that could have the wrong effect in some parts of the city.The code rewrite team told Council’s Mobility Committee last Tuesday that…

Friday, November 8, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Planning Commission links impervious cover to affordable housing

The Land Development Code draft relies heavily on expanded affordable housing bonus opportunities to reach its nearly 400,000-unit capacity. Altogether, the bonuses would net just under 180,000 units, with about 9,000 of those income-restricted. But site regulations like impervious cover…

Thursday, November 7, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Downtown mobility plan reaches next stage of development

The Austin Transportation Department has kicked off the second and final phase of development for its Austin Core Transportation Plan, a document that will serve as a comprehensive guide for downtown right of way management into the future.Leading up to…

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

CAMPO chooses not to accept Regional Arterials Study

The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization’s 2045 Regional Arterials Study was renamed and heavily critiqued by the Transportation Policy Board on Monday.The $1.5 million study is a big-picture transportation modeling exercise that was intended to serve as a kind of…

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Milky Way property zoned for single-family condos, with conditions

City Council has taken action on a zoning case at the city’s western edge that some residents and environmental advocates say could result in catastrophe.Before Council approved the request Thursday, Joyce Statz, president of Austin Firewise Alliance, framed the danger…

Thursday, October 31, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

City Council and Capital Metro talk Project Connect capacity and ridership projections

The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority has put together some potential outcomes for a public transit overhaul in the coming decade based on months of technical analysis, but regional and city leaders aren’t sure what to think with so many decisions…

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