Tuesday, February 18, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Housing at odds with parkland and open space in code rewrite

The city’s well-established reputation as a land of abundant green spaces collided with its lack of housing supply last week as City Council debated amendments to the draft Land Development Code.At stake were city requirements for open spaces and parkland…

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Environmental Commission recommends a variance for 19 feet of fill

A developer building a commercial storage facility project requiring a variance for 19.5 feet of fill to construct a driveway on slopes steeper than a 15 percent grade received a unanimous recommendation from the Environmental Commission at its Feb. 5…

Friday, February 14, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

With second vote, Council advances draft land use code

While City Council has not arrived at a consensus on the draft Land Development Code, members began a conversation that could lead in that direction during Council’s second reading this week.Before Council approved the draft on second reading in a…

Friday, February 14, 2020 by Jo Clifton

Council OKs Lake Travis floodplain variance

Council easily approved a floodplain variance for a homeowner on Lake Travis last week, after hearing staffers’ sympathetic description of problems the homeowner was facing and the need for the variance.Kevin Shunk, division manager for watershed engineering in the Watershed…

Thursday, February 13, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

ZAP finds a compromise to bring density and more affordable housing with a unit cap

In an effort to bring more density to the environmentally sensitive area of far Southwest Austin, developers came to the Zoning and Platting Commission on Feb. 4 with a plan to construct 15 condominiums within a small footprint on their…

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Public speaks on land use code second draft

City Council opened the floor to public comment Tuesday, leading up to its second reading on the revised draft of the Land Development Code.In total, there were 65 speakers, most of whom voiced objections of some sort to the proposed…

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