Tag Archives: Austin City Council Planning and Neighborhoods Committee

Friday, January 22, 2016 by Vicky Garza

Planning and Neighborhoods Committee approves contact-team changes

City Council’s Planning and Neighborhoods Committee has voted unanimously to move forward on staff-proposed changes that would add oversight and compliance requirements to neighborhood-plan contact teams.The ordinance, which on Jan. 12 was also approved by the Planning Commission, would change…

Monday, November 30, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Reporter’s Notebook: Concrete endures

Happy Birthday, Shudde!… There wasn’t much going on at the last meeting of the Zoning and Platting Commission on Tuesday, Nov. 17. It took the panel only 15 minutes to approve the consent agenda, postpone a couple of items and…

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 by Michael Kanin

Austin Monitor Radio: Council Member Greg Casar

Austin City Council Member Greg Casar looks back at his first months in office, including his efforts as chair of Council’s Planning and Neighborhood Committee. The program is embedded below:

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

City seeks to close charter school loophole

According to the city’s Land Development Code, organizations planning to build open-enrollment charter schools are exempt from various development regulations, including some intended to mitigate flood and traffic impacts. This revelation has grabbed the attention of community members as well…

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…

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

City looks to strengthen contact team rules

The way that the city’s neighborhood-plan contact teams do business may be changing.City Council Member Pio Renteria is pushing for code amendments that will create clearer guidelines and more city oversight for Austin’s contact teams. On Monday, his resolution was…

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 by Jack Craver

Committee moves short-term rental discussion on to Council

Proposed regulations for short-term rentals will be on City Council’s agenda Thursday after a Council committee hearing displayed consensus from members and staff that the city needs to more strictly regulate the short-term rental market.The committee did not vote to…

Thursday, August 20, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Council poised to revisit density bonus programs

Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo is moving forward with a proposal to take a closer look at the city’s density bonus programs and at whether it’s a good idea to eliminate the fee-in-lieu option that allows developers to pay into…

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Committee forwards short-term rental changes to Council

Testimony stretched for more than four hours.Members of the City Council Planning and Neighborhoods Committee dug into the first public hearing Monday on more than a dozen recommendations made by Council Member Sheri Gallo about how the city should amend…

Friday, August 14, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Council committee will consider “parallel” changes to short-term rental ordinance

City staff has been whittling down an assortment of 123 suggested changes to the city’s ordinance on short-term rentals. The result, sent in a memo on Thursday to Mayor Steve Adler and City Council members, is a list of 13…

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…

Thursday, May 21, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Committee considers density bonus revamp

On Monday, City Council’s Planning and Neighborhoods Committee started the conversations about whether it could change Austin’s Downtown Density Bonus Program to require on-site affordable housing.The Downtown Density Bonus Program allows developers increased entitlements, such as more height, in exchange…

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Committee takes on dog hotels, airport planning

Last week, the City Council Planning Committee took a look at pet motels and whether they belong in the Airport Overlay.As a body, the committee has opted to avoid specific zoning recommendations, so it took a big-picture look at two…

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