TipSheet: Austin City Council, Zoning 8.13.15
The Austin City Council will have its monthly zoning meeting Thursday. Below is a list of items we’re watching. In the interest of space, we’ve decided not to post the entire agenda. The City Clerk’s office posts a copy on its website, here.
6. CD-2015-0009 – Approve the baseline site development standards for determining development bonuses and the trigger for affordable housing in The Grove at Shoal Creek Planned Unit Development.
Monitor’s take: As we reported Wednesday, City Council will most likely postpone a vote on the PUD going into a Bull Creek tract that was once owned by the Texas Department of Transportation.
9. Approve a resolution related to short-term rentals.
Monitor’s take: According to a City Council Message Board post from Council Member Sheri Gallo, the city manager recommendations will now be released in the form of a memo, and tomorrow’s discussion will consist of moving the resolution to next week’s Planning and Neighborhood Committee meeting, where a public hearing will be held. The item is set on Aug. 20 to return back to Council, where public comment will be limited, for a vote.
10. Approve an ordinance amending City Code Chapter 2-1 to create a Bond Oversight Commission to replace the Economic and Capital Budget Joint Committee.
Monitor’s take: Long ago, in December 2014, City Council replaced the Bond Oversight Commission with a new joint committee. Today, Council will vote on whether to bring back the Bond Oversight Commission.
45. C14-86-103(RCT) – Greater Mt. Zion Baptist Church – District 1 – Conduct a public hearing and approve a restrictive covenant termination on property locally known as 1801 Pennsylvania Avenue (Boggy Creek Watershed).
Monitor’s take:Somewhat thankfully, this complicated case will be postponed at the request of both sides, which – according to the info gleaned from Tuesday’s work session – will be seeking mediation. If you would like to use the sudden free time associated with this postponement to study up, we’ve written about it in the past.
47. C14H-2015-0001 – Dedrick-Hamilton House – District 1 – Conduct a public hearing and approve an ordinance amending City Code Chapter 25-2 by rezoning property locally known as 912 East 11th Street from general commercial services-neighborhood conservation combining district-neighborhood plan (CS-NCCD-NP) combining district zoning to general commercial services-neighborhood conservation combining district-historic landmark-neighborhood plan (CS-H-NCCD-NP) combining district zoning.
Monitor’s take: Though there is some hesitation on the dais about moving ahead with often-complicated historic zoning cases, this one is as uncontroversial as it gets. The Dedrick-Hamilton House, which was built in 1892, is the literal centerpiece of the city’s African-American Cultural & Heritage Facility. In addition, it is a commercial, city-owned property that will not benefit from the historic tax exemption.
48.C14H-2015-0006 – Lightsey-Russell House – District 5 – Conduct a public hearing and approve an ordinance amending City Code Chapter 25-2 by rezoning property locally known as 1805 Lightsey Road from family residence (SF-3) district zoning to family residence-historic landmark (SF-3-H) combining district zoning.
Monitor’s take: This case, on the other hand, is fairly controversial. The latest in the Lightsey 2 development hurdles (following battles over heritage trees and connectivity), the preservation of this house would be against the owner’s wishes. The owner is seeking a demolition permit in order to move forward with building more housing. We’ve covered Lightsey 2 extensively in the past, as seen here.
49.C14H-2015-0007 – Clyde and Henrietta Littlefield House – District 9 – Conduct a public hearing and approve an ordinance amending City Code Chapter 25-2 by rezoning property locally known as 903 Shoal Cliff Court from multifamily residence-moderate-high density-conditional overlay-neighborhood plan (MF-4-CO-NP) combining district zoning to multifamily residence-moderate-high density-historic landmark-conditional overlay-neighborhood plan (MF-4-H-CO-NP) combining district zoning.
Monitor’s take: Here is the backstory on this case. In short: Council will consider whether to preserve the former home of Clyde Littlefield, head track and field coach at UT from 1920 to 1961 – against the wishes of the current owner.
50. C14H-2015-0053 – Harrell-Perkins House – District 9 – Conduct a public hearing and approve an ordinance amending City Code Chapter 25-2 by rezoning property locally known as 113 West 33rd Street from family residence-neighborhood conservation combining district-neighborhood plan (SF-3-NCCD-NP) combining district to family residence-historic landmark-neighborhood conservation combining district-neighborhood plan (SF-3-H-NCCD-NP) combining district zoning.
Monitor’s take: This historic zoning case has a slightly different slant than the previous three. We wrote about the case previously. Though it easily won the support of Planning Commissioners, there was a brief discussion about the tax abatement associated with the house, which may catch the eye of some Council members as well.
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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.