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Tip Sheet: Planning Commission 1-27

Monday, January 26, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

The City of Austin Planning Commission meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday. In the interest of saving space, we will not publish the entire agenda here. It is available on the City’s website.

Items of interest include:

D1. New Business: Discussion and possible action to rescind action taken on January 13, 2015, regarding case # SPC-2014-0175A — Red Bluff Hotel, located at 4701 Red Bluff Road.

Monitor’s Take: This week, the most interesting thing on the agenda is on its addendum. It looks like the Planning Commission will revisit its last-meeting decision on a proposed East Austin hotel. We wrote about that decision here, and the fact that the board opted to deny a variance at the developers’ request in order to ensure their right of appeal.

1. Plan Amendment: NPA-2014-0016.01 — 2nd & Broadway Location: 203 Broadway & 2901 E. 3rd Street, Colorado River Watershed, Govalle/Johnston Terrace Combined NPA Owner/Applicant: McAdam’s Enterprise, LLC Agent: Husch Blackwell, LLP (Nikelle Meade) Request: Single Family to Mixed Use land use Staff Rec.: Recommendation of Higher Density Single Family land use

2. Rezoning: C14-2014-0115 — 2nd & Broadway Location: 203 Broadway & 2901 East 3rd Street, Colorado River Watershed, Govalle/Johnston Terrace Combined NPA Owner/Applicant: McAdam’s Enterprise, LLC Agent: Husch Blackwell, LLP (Nikelle Meade) Request: SF-3-NP to GR-MU-CO-NP Staff Rec.: Recommendation of SF-5-NP

Monitor’s Take: While this case looks interesting enough — the proposed development of 16 two-story residences on about .6 acres in East Austin — it will likely be postponed until next month at the request of the applicant.

3. Plan Amendment: NPA-2014-0015.01 — City School (6005 Wilcab Road) Location: 6005 Wilcab Road, Fort Branch Watershed, East MLK Combined NPA Owner/Applicant: Bill Gaston (City School — Buyer) Agent: McLean & Howard, LLP (Jeffrey Howard) Request: Industry to Commercial land use Staff Rec.: Not Recommended

Monitor’s Take: Much like the St. Elmo’s Loft case that we wrote about late last year, staff opposes this zoning change because it is changing the use within an established Industrial Park. This time, the applicants hope to build a private school within the Ed Bluestein Industrial Park, which staff has noted is not an appropriate land use. The East MLK contact team supports the zoning change, but nearby tenants note that a school in the middle of the industrial park could present safety concerns.

12. Site Plan -Conditional UsePermit — Late Hours: SPC-2014-0192A — Odd Duck Location: 1215 S. Lamar Blvd., West Bouldin Creek Watershed, Zilker NPA Owner/Applicant: DJB Investment Property, LLC (Judy Brizendine) Agent: Jackson Walker LLP (Katherine Loayza) Request: Request approval of a conditional use permit for a late hours permit to an existing restaurant. Staff Rec.: Recommended

Monitor’s Take: At this time, we would just like to note that the Zilker Neighborhood Association supports this late hours CUP, for posterity’s sake.


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City of Austin Planning Commission: This commission addresses issues of land use as assigned to it by Austin's City Code. These include the abilities "[t]o make and amend a master plan, recommend approval or disapproval of proposed zoning changes and control land subdivision within neighborhood planning areas and submit, annually, a list of recommended capital improvements." It has sovereign authority, or the right to make final decisions on certain cases.

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