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TipSheet: Austin City Council 4.14 and 4.16

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

This Thursday, City Council will hold its first all-zoning, all-the-time meeting. Much to the disappointment of zoning fans everywhere (we assume they are all here, actually), this week’s agenda looks light on drama. But, as those familiar with city government may have guessed, the first all-zoning agenda will feature more than just zoning.

As always, the Austin City Council meets in an agenda work session Tuesday and for its regular meeting Thursday. Below is a list of items we’re watching for the upcoming week. In the interest of space, we’ve decided not to post the entire agenda here. The City Clerk’s office hosts a copy at its website, here.

5. Approve a resolution rescinding an appointment to the Commission on Immigrant Affairs.(Notes: SPONSOR: Council Member Gregorio Casar CO 1: Council Member Ora Houston CO 2: Council Member Sabino “Pio” Renteria CO 3: Council Member Delia Garza )

Monitor’s Take: Like we said, it isn’t all zoning. This agenda item might lead Council to rescind the appointment of Rebecca Forest to the Commission on Immigrant Affairs. The appointment comes from District 6 Council Member Don Zimmerman, who has said that he will not voluntarily rescind the nomination. There were already some sparks at the work session, as we reported today, but there is quite a bit of potential for more on Thursday.

12. C14-2014-0157 — 8528 Burnet Road — (District 7) — Approve second and third readings of an ordinance amending City Code Chapter 25-2 by rezoning property locally known as 8528-8600 Burnet Road and 8647 Rockwood Lane (Shoal Creek Watershed) from general commercial services (CS) district zoning to multifamily residence-highest density-conditional overlay (MF-6-CO) combining district zoning. First Reading approved on February 12, 2015. Vote: 7-4, Mayor Pro Tem Tovo and Council Members Houston, Kitchen and Pool voted nay.

Monitor’s Take: This is one of the first items the new 10-1 City Council took up as a body. We reported on it then, it’s set for discussion on Thursday, and we expect to report on it again. Neighbors have squared off against developers, transit advocates are riled, and we are looking forward to a good discussion on the project.

15. C14-2015-0006 — Waller on Swede Hill — (District 1) — Conduct a public hearing and approve an ordinance amending City Code Chapter 25-2 by rezoning property locally known as 908 East 15th Street, 807 East 16th Street, and 1506 Waller Street (Waller Creek Watershed) from family residence-neighborhood plan (SF-3-NP) combining district zoning to community commercial-mixed use-conditional overlay-neighborhood plan (GR-MU-CO-NP) combining district zoning. Staff Recommendation: To grant multifamily residence-moderate high density-conditional overlay-neighborhood plan (MF-4-CO-NP) combining district zoning and limited office-mixed use-historic landmark-neighborhood plan (LO-MU-H-NP) combining district zoning. Planning Commission Recommendation: To grant family residence-neighborhood plan (SF-3-NP) combining district zoning and family residence-historic landmark-neighborhood plan (SF-3-H-NP) combining district zoning. Owner/Applicant: WJP Swede Hill, LLC (Wes Peoples). Agent: Morzie DCI (Kenneth Blaker).

Monitor’s Take: Though really interesting — staff is requesting a postponement on this doozy of a case. Read up on it in the meantime.

23. C14-2014-0175A — Scott Airport Parking — (District 2) — Conduct a public hearing and approve an ordinance amending City Code Chapter 25-2 by zoning property locally known as 2426 Cardinal Loop (Colorado River Watershed) from interim-rural residence (I-RR) district zoning to aviation services (AV) district zoning. Staff Recommendation: To grant aviation services (AV) district zoning. Zoning and Platting Commission Recommendation: To grant aviation services (AV) district zoning. Owner/Applicant: City of Austin-Aviation Department (Jim Smith). Agent: Scott Airport Parking, LLC (Chris Von Dohlen).

24. C14-2014-0175B — Scott Airport Parking — (District 2) — Conduct a public hearing and approve an ordinance amending City Code Chapter 25-2 by rezoning property locally known as 2411 and 2419 Cardinal Loop; 2525 East State Highway 71 Westbound (Colorado River Watershed) from rural residence (RR) district zoning and community commercial-conditional overlay (GR-CO) combining district zoning to aviation services (AV) district zoning. Staff Recommendation: To grant aviation services (AV) district zoning. Zoning and Platting Commission Recommendation: To grant aviation services (AV) district zoning. Owner/Applicant: City of Austin-Aviation Department (Jim Smith). Agent: Scott Airport Parking, LLC (Chris Von Dohlen).

—and—

27. C14-2015-0013 — 2363 Seventy One — (District 2) — Conduct a public hearing and approve an ordinance amending City Code Chapter 25-2 by zoning property locally known as 2363 East State Highway 71 Westbound (Colorado River Watershed) from interim-rural residence (I-RR) district zoning to general commercial services (CS) district zoning. Staff Recommendation: To grant general commercial services (CS) district zoning. Zoning and Platting Commission Recommendation: To grant general commercial services (CS) district zoning. Owner/Applicant: Mohammad Mokri; Javad Oskouipour. Agent: Paul E. Kennedy.

Monitor’s Take: As we reported Monday, a plan to build two pet hotels within the Airport Overlay has attracted quote a bit of attention already. Items 23 and 24 concern a private-public partnership with the city, and Item 27 is strictly private. Council took up the items at their Tuesday work session, but we expect at least a little discussion about the merits of the plan on Thursday.

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Austin City Council: The Austin City Council is the body with legislative purview over the City of Austin. It offers policy direction, while the office of the City Manager implements administrative actions based on those policies. Until 2012, the body contained seven members, including the city's Mayor, all elected at-large. In 2012, City of Austin residents voted to change that system and now 10 members of the Council are elected based on geographic districts. The Mayor continues to be elected at-large.

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