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Tag Archives: City of Austin Board of Adjustment

Friday, February 15, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Boat dock variance dredges up concerns at the Board of Adjustment

There are occasions when, regardless of how a homeowner may redesign, reorient or reimagine a site, there is simply no option to make a project code-compliant. That still doesn’t mean that the request for a variance will be supported.This scenario…

Thursday, February 14, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Scraped lots are not entitled to variances because of tree placement

Generally, when trees are the cause of a variance request, the Board of Adjustment is quite accommodating. After all, considering all the good trees do for the environment and the city’s stringent protections for them, it can be difficult for…

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Board of Adjustment changes rules for those seeking appeal

After postponing the vote last month in an effort to ensure that a fair and open appeals process is available to the public, the Board of Adjustment made a decision Monday night that may prove contentious.In a 6-5 vote at…

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Historic precedent prompts Board of Adjustment to grant setback variance

With rising rents in Austin, folks looking for an affordable place to live are becoming creative with their housing configurations. Even some who already have homes are looking to subdivide their lots to ease the burden and maybe even benefit…

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Board of Adjustment rules rewrite is postponed, again

For over a year the Board of Adjustment has been discussing how to amend its rules in order to ensure that a fair and open appeals process is available to the public. This exercise came about as the board searched…

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

City-approved wellness center project not OK’d by BOA for second time

Sometimes, one commission’s idea of a good project is not supported by another commission, which seemed to be the case for the project at 1800 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.Sharon Shuppert, who owns the property and is a licensed…

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Board of Adjustment rules: A private boat dock may not block public waters

Houses along Lake Austin are coveted pieces of property whose main focal point is the water. Some homes are even lucky enough to have inlet coves creep into their properties for their near-private use.However, when a home has a boat…

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

To light or not to light, that is the question

While no one wants to light West Campus up like the Las Vegas Strip, with such density comes a need for signage that can be seen both night and day.“We think that (not having signage) may be a safety concern…

Friday, December 14, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Red-tape mishap causes frustrations at the BoA

For six years, a dock has been jutting out into Lake Austin without technically having the proper permitting to do so in its current form.Since October, Kathleen Huff of 3117 Westlake Drive has been appearing monthly before the Board of…

Monday, November 19, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

A ‘dire need’ for student housing convinces Board of Adjustment to approve variance

This month the Board of Adjustment approved a variance request for a multifamily unit located just behind the Drag, after postponing it in September for being “ugly.”At its Nov. 8 meeting, the Board of Adjustment reevaluated whether the lot at 2713…

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Board of Adjustment postpones setback request with no site plan

The Board of Adjustment needs a good reason to grant a request for reducing the setback from the waterfront. If a case from its most recent meeting is any indication, asking for an arbitrary number of feet without having a…

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Dark arts

Manchaca, continued… An Austin business group plans to file a lawsuit against the city over the recent decision by City Council to rename Manchaca Road. An announcement from attorney Roger Borgelt, also a board member for the Republican Club of…

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

No-show at the Board of Adjustment almost gets denied variance

For the second month in a row, the case of 4913 Avenue G came before the Board of Adjustment, and for the second time, it was postponed due to logistics.Although last month the case was postponed due to issues with…

Thursday, October 11, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Board of Adjustment denies variance for storage center sign

These days, a roadway sign is no longer the sole indicator of a business’ location, but merely confirmation that Google Maps did indeed lead to the desired location.“In the day of Google Maps … once you’ve been there, you know…

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

BoA fee adjustments cause high tempers

On Oct. 1 of this year, the Development Services Department enacted a new set of fees for those looking to come before the Board of Adjustment to have the board hear their applications for a code variance.Although increases are to…

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…

Thursday, September 13, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Board of Adjustment fails to grant ‘ugly’ variance

On occasion, members of a neighborhood find a redevelopment project to be such an eyesore that they use it as their case as to why it shouldn’t be built in the first place.“We don’t need any more ugly. We’ve got…

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

BoA considers a quirky corner case

Sometimes, a permit can be granted or revoked based on a four-degree angle.“Even though I’m at an intersection, the city does not consider this a corner lot,” Joshua Lien, the owner of 14000 Echo Lane, explained to the Board of…

Friday, August 17, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

For grandfathered signs, the proof is in the permitting

Occasionally, despite one’s best intentions to provide the right board or commission with the proper permitting to ensure a smooth continuation of a project, a request is presented incorrectly.“I’m not sure that this item is properly before the board,” Assistant City…

Thursday, August 16, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Should Board of Adjustment have outside counsel?

Two members of the city’s Board of Adjustment argued strenuously in favor of providing outside legal counsel for the board when it is interpreting city code, but the assistant city attorney who has been advising the board for several years…

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