Friday, October 4, 2019 by Audrey McGlinchy

Latest draft of Austin’s land development rules permit denser housing, loosen parking restrictions

The city has proposed allowing for denser housing while loosening parking requirements in its latest revamp of rules dictating what can be built in Austin and where.The draft proposal, released to the public Friday afternoon, also allows for accessory dwelling…

Friday, October 4, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Developer offers extra parkland to speed construction

Pioneer Crossing at 10930 Defender Trail is an old, undeveloped planned unit development that City Council approved in 1997. A history of foreclosures and bankruptcy has left the 1,410-acre parcel fragmented between various owners. Nevertheless, the site is still beholden…

Thursday, October 3, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Planning Commission votes in favor of protecting future ears from airport expansion

Generally speaking, residential use is prohibited within the airport overlay zones. The exception is the third zone (AO3) of the airport overlay, which under certain circumstances permits residential development.“We don’t just meet one of the three thresholds, we meet two,”…

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Historic Herrera homestead heads to Council with Planning Commission approval

It’s rare that a structure is zoned historic against an owner’s wishes. According to Preservation Austin, it has happened only three times since 1974; however, that number may be about to grow to four.Following in the footsteps of the Historic…

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 by Elizabeth Pagano

Council questions, and approves, new Old West Austin historic landmark

The last item on City Council’s most recent agenda passed without much notice, but for some Council members it spoke to ongoing issues of disparity in Austin’s preservation program.Council members voted 8-3 to designate the 1928 Italian Renaissance Revival home…

Monday, September 30, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Code rewrite team says development can help city water problems

The Land Development Code rewrite team has again struck a balance on city priorities. At Thursday’s update with City Council – the last before the draft document goes public Friday – the team outlined its strategy to leverage growth and…

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