Tag Archives: City of Austin Board of Adjustment

Friday, February 7, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

BoA: We don’t ‘pre-clear’ cases

Obtaining a variance from city code is a multi-step process that can require applicants to visit various boards or commissions that weigh in with their expertise on aspects of a development project. In other cases, an applicant only comes before…

Monday, January 27, 2020 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Red tread redemption?

Red dawn(s again)… Austin Transportation and the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority are partnering up this month to add more red lanes – or “fresh Elmo,” as they’re called by transit advocates – to the city’s central transit spine. Beginning last…

Friday, January 17, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

BOA denies a new build designed for a new decade

When the first Lake Austin Watershed Ordinance went into effect in 1980, some properties had development rights curtailed overnight. The property at 2803 Edgewater Drive is one of those cases where the ordinance limited the buildable area on the property’s…

Thursday, January 16, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

BoA discusses how many postponements are too many

Postponement requests are available to applicants, neighbors and city staff who require extra time to organize their cases for the Board of Adjustment. However, there are certain cases that come before the board where a postponement request is a red…

Monday, November 25, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

BoA contemplates basements in Clarksville

There is an exception in city code that exempts homes with habitable basements from including the underground space in their overall square footage calculation. In order to claim that exception, however, a house must meet strict guidelines: The first story…

Thursday, November 14, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Board of Adjustment agrees to a lake setback reduction for a family home in West Lake

City records are not infallible archives. This reality was evidenced by a variance case at 1901 Westlake Drive, which was postponed last month by the Board of Adjustment in order to dredge up more information on the history of the…

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Board of Adjustment soundly rejects variances over ‘egregious’ code violations

After dedicating nearly a year to the construction of his personal residence at 504 Sunny Lane, StoryBuilt founder Ryan Diepenbrock found his construction choices to be the subject of a case at the Board of Adjustment last Thursday.Diepenbrock, who was…

Monday, October 28, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Lake setbacks threaten construction of family home in West Lake

Paris Schindler, owner of the lot at 1901 Westlake Drive, came to the Board of Adjustment seeking a variance to construct a 6,354-square-foot family home.While normally a 2.26-acre property would easily accommodate such a structure, 44,000 square feet of the…

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Board of Adjustment waits for new code to make a decision on a fence

Slow and steady wins the race, and sometimes that requires a case postponement – or two, or three – to successfully acquire a variance.Such was the case at the Oct. 14 meeting of the Board of Adjustment, where Corey Keller…

Thursday, October 17, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Board of Adjustment debates how far is too far to read a sign

The Hill Country Roadway Ordinance mandates that any sign along Highway 360 be less than 12 feet high, smaller than 64 square feet and conceal exterior lighting.However, Ben Robinson, who was representing the applicant for the Nalle Woods apartments at…

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Board of Adjustment wants to participate more fully in LDC review

The Land Development Code draft continues to make its way through the city’s boards and commissions, making its latest stop at the Board of Adjustment on Monday night.The Board of Adjustment is tasked with sending feedback to the Planning Commission…

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Board of Adjustment seeks more information, postpones adaptive reuse project

In an effort to create market-rate affordable housing in North Austin, a developer is attempting to reuse the existing 281 units of the Austin Suites Motel at 8300 N. Interstate 35.In order to accomplish this goal, the developer came to…

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Dock variance fails for a second time at the Board of Adjustment

After the Board of Adjustment denied a variance request to extend the width of a dock into the interior setback of a Lake Austin lot and reduce the interior setback to 0 feet, the homeowners returned in August for a…

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Request to increase impervious cover for 12,000-square-foot home postponed by BoA

A couple building their dream home can find it disheartening to make it through the architectural design and site plan process, only to have an administrative hiccup put their plans on pause.John and Amy Porter, who own 1704 and 1706…

Thursday, July 11, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Board of Adjustment denies case in consideration of trees

On Monday night, trees became the centerpiece of a dock variance discussion at the Board of Adjustment.The property at 2710 Scenic Drive currently has a half-constructed boat dock, big enough for only one boat, that the new property owners were…

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Cultural center variance goes before Board of Adjustment for a third time

When the Board of Adjustment voted last month to deny the reconsideration of a case and let their original judgment for a variance at 810½ San Marcos St. stand, it turns out that the vote negated their original vote of…

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

State Bar accepts complaint against former assistant city attorney

The State Bar of Texas has determined it will be pursuing a formal investigation of former Assistant City Attorney Brent Lloyd.Lloyd was the subject of a complaint filed last month by Board of Adjustment Chair William Burkhardt and former Board…

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

BoA says project’s affordable housing is a token gesture

In Austin, “affordable housing” has become a magical phrase that is repeatedly heard within the walls of City Hall.Although affordable housing is undoubtedly needed in the city, the Board of Adjustment indicated that it’s fed up with this phrase being…

Monday, June 17, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Lack of notification brings case back to BoA

After the Board of Adjustment quickly approved a variance with hearty support last month to allow an increase in building height from 40 to 50 feet for the construction of a cultural center, the property at 810½ San Marcos St.…

Monday, June 17, 2019 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Phone home, ETJ

Racial discourse… When Defend Our Hoodz came to the June 11 meeting of the Planning Commission, City Hall was prepared. Protesters opposed to the 4700 E. Riverside project – a development they refer to as the Domain at Riverside –…

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