Development

Friday, September 25, 2020 by Daniel Salazar

Planning Commission approves South Austin condo rezoning

The Planning Commission unanimously approved a rezoning request that paves the way for more condominiums in South Austin at its Tuesday night meeting.Staff recommended the rezoning of a 1.45-acre tract at 219 Lessin Lane, near Ben White Boulevard and South…

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 by Daniel Salazar

Affordable housing proposals advance after outcry over gentrification, institutional racism

Charges of institutional racism and bias in housing policy engulfed a pair of votes at the Austin Housing Finance Corporation Board of Directors meeting Thursday.The board, which is made up of all of the members of the Austin City Council,…

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Board of Adjustment debates the value of maintaining area character

Swapping primary and secondary residences is an approach to creating larger living spaces for homeowners that has become a popular tactic for preserving homes that contribute to area character. However, at the Sept. 14 meeting of the Board of Adjustment,…

Monday, September 21, 2020 by Jo Clifton

Schlotzsky’s PUD wins first round approval

City Council voted 7-4 on first reading last week to approve zoning that would allow a 96-foot tower on the property at 218 S. Lamar, the home of a closed Schlotzsky’s restaurant. Leading the dissent was District 5 Council Member…

Friday, September 18, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Board of Adjustment offers free advice, grants lot size variance

Small lots are not uncommon in East Austin, so the Board of Adjustment regularly grants variances to allow homeowners to maximize such properties.On Sept. 14, the board once again unanimously granted a variance for small lot amnesty to allow for…

Friday, September 18, 2020 by Daniel Salazar

ZAP to consider Training Kitchen request as commission grapples with postponement woes

At the Zoning and Platting Commission Tuesday night, a rezoning request from a nonprofit that wants to build a community center on a South Austin lot was postponed by commissioners until early October. But the discussion underscored the commissioners’ frustration about how the…

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