Friday, February 10, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

New ZAP commissioner opposes first rezoning case

Unable to come to a consensus, the Zoning and Platting Commission had no official recommendation in a rezoning case for a property currently zoned Development Reserve in Northwest Austin. Applicant Robert Earl Strobo is seeking Single Family Large Lot (SF-1)…

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Thursday, February 9, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Council weighs supporting affordable housing development in North Austin

Today, City Council is set to consider throwing its support behind nine affordable housing projects, all vying for competitive state tax credits that could help fund the developments. But some residents who live near one of these proposed projects in…

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Monday, February 6, 2017 by Cate Malek

Elysium Park gets initial Council approval, despite neighborhood opposition

For those wondering why building affordable housing in Austin is going so slowly, the Elysium Park development has been a case study of many of the tensions City Council is facing in its attempts to keep low-income people from fleeing…

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Friday, February 3, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Planning Commission recommends drive-through at Oltorf intersection

Overruling objections from the East Riverside/Oltorf Neighborhood, the Planning Commission voted during its Jan. 24 meeting to move forward with a change that could bring a drive-through to the area. Applicant 1616 E Oltorf Street, LTD. requested to upzone the…

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Monday, January 30, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Planning Commission denies request for bank drive-in services on 38th

At the urging of two Zoning and Platting commissioners, the Planning Commission unanimously denied a rezoning request for a conditional overlay for drive-in services at 623 West 38th St. during its Jan. 24 meeting. City staff had supported Pioneer Bank’s…

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Friday, January 20, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

North Austin zoning case clears ZAP

At its meeting on Tuesday, the Zoning and Platting Commission approved a request to rezone a Northwest Austin property for Community Commercial (GR) use. Ron Thrower, the agent representing owner and applicant Douglas Reynolds, said his client intends to have…

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Monday, December 19, 2016 by Joseph Caterine

Planning Commission approves South Austin rezoning despite traffic, flooding concerns

Despite opposition from neighbors, the Planning Commission last week voted to support the rezoning of a South Austin property to allow condominiums and townhouses. At its Dec. 13 meeting, the commission unanimously approved the rezoning of 4507 and 4511 Vinson…

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016 by Jack Craver

Casar pushes for alternative to neighborhood deal on Grove PUD

The fight over the Grove at Shoal Creek, a massive mixed-use development that has sparked fierce debate in surrounding neighborhoods, may not be over after all. A number of City Council members signaled Tuesday that they are not committed to…

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Monday, December 12, 2016 by Syeda Hasan

Testifying on zoning cases can mean waiting for hours – but is that fair?

Last week, when the contentious case for the Grove at Shoal Creek returned yet again to City Hall, City Council made welcome progress – but not quite when people expected it. Council was supposed to start its discussion at 9…

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