Monday, July 8, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

ZAP case triggers discussion on affordable housing and transit in North Austin

Northwest Austin is developing quickly. Many of the large tracts of developable land in the far reaches of the city’s jurisdiction, by Farm to Market 620 and Texas State Highway 45, are outside the city limits, which makes it difficult…

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 by Jo Clifton

Council rezones nine mobile home parks, sometimes defying neighbors

Council passed two resolutions last year directing city staff to identify all mobile home parks or other properties being used for mobile homes but not zoned as such. The next step was to initiate the appropriate zoning so the properties…

Thursday, June 20, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Planning Commission split between preserving mobile homes and encouraging density

Council is set to consider a citywide effort to standardize zoning for mobile home parks today, but a few cases still present some wrinkles.One of those cases, which came before the Planning Commission at its June 11 meeting, sparked a debate…

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Despite ‘fuzzy’ answers, Planning Commission approves 4700 E. Riverside project

After three hours of discussion and deliberation against the backdrop of incessant shouting and profanities from members of Defend Our Hoodz, the Planning Commission voted 7-4 to forgo staff’s recommendation and approve the rezoning of the five tracts composing 4700…

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Rezoning mobile home parks not straightforward, according to Planning Commission

Last August, City Council acknowledged that mobile home parks are a crucial housing option that can help combat Austin’s affordability crisis. Council gave city staff direction to identify mobile home parks that have improper zoning and work toward appropriately rezoning…

Friday, May 24, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Annexation causes confusion over property zoning at ZAP

Before being annexed into the city of Austin in 1984, the half-acre lot at 9606 Swansons Ranch Road operated as a commercial lot with a gunsmithing business and later a seafood business. After annexation, the parcel of land, which was…

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