Planning

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 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…

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Environmental Commission recommends increased impervious cover in waterfront overlay

Historically, it is rare for the Environmental Commission to recommend a variance to increase impervious cover in a waterfront overlay. Lately, however, the redevelopment of old, heavily covered lots has the commissioners opting for the lesser of two evils and…

Monday, September 14, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

ULI proposes affordability-centered upgrade to transit-oriented development

Housing costs in Austin are skyrocketing, bringing the average home sale price from $179,250 in 2010 up to nearly $385,000 this year. Factor in the transportation costs of car ownership, and median income isn’t even close to keeping up with…

Friday, August 28, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

Planning Commission elects new leadership

At its regular meeting on Tuesday, the Planning Commission voted to elect new leadership. Todd Shaw was selected as chair and Claire Hempel will serve as vice chair. The two are replacing former Chair Conor Kenny and Vice Chair Fayez Kazi.Mayor…

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