Land Development Code

Monday, December 2, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

ULI sees progress on affordability, with drawbacks, in latest LDC draft

Urban Land Institute Austin has weighed in on the draft Land Development Code, with a white paper that asserts the city’s proposed changes in housing types, design standards and affordable housing programs won’t go far enough to add enough new…

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…

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Land Development Code: Density and impervious cover

With the first reading of the new Land Development Code draft expected by Council in two short weeks, the Watershed Protection Department is working to finalize its recommendations.Despite the tight timeline, Environmental Officer Chris Herrington told the Environmental Commission at…

Monday, November 25, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

BoA contemplates basements in Clarksville

There is an exception in city code that exempts homes with habitable basements from including the underground space in their overall square footage calculation. In order to claim that exception, however, a house must meet strict guidelines: The first story…

Thursday, November 21, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Historic Landmark Commission expresses displeasure at preservation efforts in LDC draft

As Council’s first vote on the new Land Development Code draft inches ever closer, the Historic Landmark Commission publicly weighed in at its Nov. 18 meeting – and its reaction was not a positive one. Of particular concern was the…

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

How heritage tree regulations change under new draft code

Transition zones have proved to be a divisive topic at City Hall during the ongoing discussions about the Land Development Code draft.These zones, which are meant to promote “missing middle” housing options and increase density, are raising eyebrows due to…

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