Tag Archives: accessory dwelling units

Monday, March 25, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Board of Adjustment does not approve variance to ‘preserve neighborhood character’

The desire to build a house is not a sufficient reason to receive a variance, in the eyes of the Board of Adjustment.After having his case postponed at the February meeting of the Board of Adjustment, Joshua Inscoe, who was…

Monday, September 17, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Board of Adjustment postpones Travis Heights ADU case, again

Citing neighborly discord, the Board of Adjustment postponed for the third time a variance request to treat an already-standing 1930s bungalow as an accessory dwelling unit.In a creative solution to add more density and square footage to a lot, architect…

Friday, November 10, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Austin wants to make it easier to build garage apartments

City Council took a step yesterday to streamline the process of building and remodeling homes by approving the Family Homestead Initiative. The resolution calls for the city to identify all the regulations and costs associated with the process.Council Member Delia…

Monday, November 6, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Commission embraces ADUs in CodeNEXT

After months of debate, the Planning Commission at its Nov. 1 meeting directed staff and consultants to make the building of accessory dwelling units less constrained in the final draft of CodeNEXT.The current code places several restrictions on the construction…

Friday, September 15, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Rezoning denial may not matter after CodeNEXT

When the world (of the current Land Development Code) is coming to an end, a single property zoning decision can seem insignificant. At the Zoning and Platting Commission’s Sept. 5 meeting, commissioners denied what one Northwest Austin community perceived to…

Friday, September 8, 2017 by Jack Craver

Council members concerned about fees for ADUs

Council Member Delia Garza is worried that proposed increases in building fees are going to hit middle-income homeowners who are seeking to build accessory dwelling units the hardest.At a Thursday City Council meeting over the proposed budget for the upcoming…

Friday, November 20, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Council loosens rules on accessory dwelling units

Austin homeowners hoping to build accessory dwelling units on their properties now have a better chance of being able to do so, based on new rules that City Council passed on Thursday.The measure reducing restrictions on accessory dwelling units, or…

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Council mulls granny flats, garage apartments

Ahead of a Thursday vote that could loosen rules for building accessory dwelling units such as granny flats and garage apartments, City Council debated the potential benefits and risks of the move at a work session on Tuesday.Council Member Greg…

Friday, October 16, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

ADU discussion takes a turn

Though there was some hope that City Council would end its consideration of an accessory dwelling unit ordinance yesterday, it was misplaced.Council voted unanimously on Thursday to adopt the recommendations of the Planning and Neighborhoods Committee, but it did so…

Thursday, October 15, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Council may finally bid adieu to ADU deliberation

After more than a year, City Council is closing in on new regulations for accessory dwelling units that, ostensibly, will make it easier for Austinites to build small, secondary homes on their property.As Council Member Greg Casar announced at Tuesday’s…

Thursday, September 24, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Water utility relaxes rules for granny flats

After hearing complaints about new requirements for waterlines, water meters and wastewater lines from contractors, architects and people hoping to build granny flats in their backyards, Austin Water utility Director Greg Meszaros has issued three memos that allow exceptions to…

Monday, July 27, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Casar proposes ADU policy revision timeline

Amid a public outcry for more available housing, City Council is reconsidering restrictions on accessory dwelling units such as granny flats and garage apartments. Council Member Greg Casar has proposed an approach to that review that considers related issues, including…

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

New BoA reverses ADU decision

Though the city’s new accessory dwelling unit ordinance is expected to remain in committee until fall, one North Hyde Park homeowner will be able to proceed with an ADU after a second chance with a new board worked out in…

Monday, June 22, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

BoA torpedoes North Hyde Park ADU variance

As Austin’s accessory dwelling unit ordinance revision enters its second year, those in the city trying to build ADUs continue to have a hard time. That was certainly the case at the Board of Adjustment’s last meeting, during which one North Hyde…

Thursday, June 18, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Committee circles accessory dwelling unit changes

The City Council Planning and Neighborhoods Committee took on accessory dwelling units at its Monday meeting. Though members acknowledged they had a lot of work to do on the ADU ordinance, at their most recent meeting they largely steered clear…

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Committee loosens requirements for ADUs

Members of the Committee on Codes and Ordinances voted Tuesday to make it easier for residents to build accessory dwelling units, or ADUs. The ordinance, approved on a unanimous vote, does away with many of the parking provisions some said…

Monday, May 4, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

ADUs headed back to Codes and Ordinances

After nearly three hours of discussion Tuesday, the city’s Planning Commission opted to send a proposed Accessory Dwelling Unit, or ADU, code amendment back to its Codes and Ordinances subcommittee for a second time.Almost one year ago, City Council approved…

Thursday, March 19, 2015 by Kara Nuzback

Panel OKs parking cuts for some small apartments

In some parts of the city, accessory apartments on residential properties — called accessory dwelling units, or ADUs — may soon have fewer parking requirements.The Planning Commission Codes and Ordinances Subcommittee voted 2-1 in favor of easing parking requirements for…

Monday, February 9, 2015 by Kara Nuzback

Subcommittee seeks help for ADU changes

The Planning Commission Codes and Ordinances Subcommittee met Thursday to discuss amendments to a city ordinance regarding accessory dwelling units — apartments located on the same property as a house. But city staffer Ming-ru Chu could barely read through the…

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 by Kara Nuzback

Subcommittee meeting on ADUs canceled

A meeting of the Planning Commission Codes and Ordinances Subcommittee was canceled Tuesday because not enough members showed up. Voting members James Nortey, Jean Stevens and Nuria Zaragoza along with ex officio member Jeff Jack waited 30 minutes after the…

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