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Tag Archives: City of Austin Board of Adjustment

Monday, May 21, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Reporter’s Notebook: Overheard, signs of the times

And on and on… Last week brought a tentative update to the ongoing labor negotiations with the Austin Police Association. Those negotiations resumed after City Council voted against a proposed contract in December. Since then, police have been operating without…

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

BoA puts Bouldin variance on hold

There’s no use being coy at the Board of Adjustment. That’s the lesson one Bouldin Creek homeowner learned at its most recent meeting.Architect David Webber spoke on behalf of homeowners William Mass and Nancy Hellman. Webber was seeking a variance…

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

East Austin ADU stalled at BoA

Over the past few years, the city has worked to make it easier to build accessory dwelling units. But, despite a chorus of those who tout the addition of a small secondary home as a way for homeowners to capitalize…

Monday, November 27, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Barton Hills fence can’t stay

Dogs, hills and swimming holes might be the foundation of a good life in Central Texas, but they aren’t a good reason for a tall fence in Barton Hills, according to the city’s Board of Adjustment.Bruce Moseley was asking for…

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Commissioners question right of appeal under CodeNEXT

In a presentation at the joint land use commission meeting on Nov. 7, city staff claimed that clarifications made to the right to appeal under CodeNEXT draft two would improve the process for the city and appellants alike, but some…

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

BoA denies digital billboard end run

Another attempt to legalize digital billboards in Austin was shot down last week. This time, the Board of Adjustment was the arena for a battle that has been going on in Austin for years.Under current city regulations, billboards are not…

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Hyde Park variance no-show flops at BoA

Though there are no guarantees for getting a variance at the Board of Adjustment, a recent Hyde Park case proved one thing for sure: You might want to show up.David Rudick, the owner of 4008 Ave. C, was not present…

Monday, October 16, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Sticking with what we know

Such a tease… Travis County Commissioner Jeff Travillion’s recent appointment to the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board of Directors was probably all but guaranteed given the circumstances – his avowed interest in transit on top of the need to politically…

Thursday, October 12, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Misgivings clear the way for an East Austin ADU

Doubts about CodeNEXT and a belief in the capricious nature of city staff added up to a win for the future of an East Austin accessory dwelling unit at the most recent meeting of the Board of Adjustment.Jim Wittliff spoke…

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

BoA backs staff on Lake Austin wall

At its most recent meeting, the Board of Adjustment ruled against a Lake Austin homeowner hoping to overturn a staff decision and retain their wall. Though board members expressed sympathy for a frustrating experience with the city and heard testimony…

Friday, August 25, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Carport door raises big issues in Zilker

A recent case at the Board of Adjustment will allow one Zilker resident to finally close the door of their carport. But the case has also opened the door on neighborhood association politics and what happens when a complex Land…

Thursday, July 13, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

St. Johns ‘project of change’ gets needed break

After months of compromise, the Board of Adjustment has opted to let a St. Johns work/live project live, despite lingering concerns from neighbors about entering into a new era of transportation-oriented development.In order to build a two-story, five-unit multifamily project…

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

West Austin Triplex bid stalls at BoA

Time and money did not prove to be a sufficient hardship at the Board of Adjustment, where an Old West Austin homeowner hoping to build a triplex on a multifamily lot learned the price of 600 feet this week.William Schaub…

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Mixed vibes surround Bouldin carport variance

It takes more than heat and birds to justify a carport in this town. Heat and birds are just a part of life in Austin, Texas.That was the lesson at the Board of Adjustment for Aaron McGarry, who owns the…

Monday, May 15, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Ethics charges dismissed against official in trellis case

A member of the city’s Board of Adjustment will not face a final hearing on charges he involved himself inappropriately in an appeals process involving the neighborhood association of which he is also a founding member.At Wednesday’s meeting of the…

Monday, May 15, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Not our jam

Bit of turbulence during that pilot program… An attempt by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department to make “data driven decisions” went slightly off the rails at Tuesday’s City Council work session, where Council members learned that a “parks pass”…

Friday, May 5, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Developer accuses BoA’s King of ethics violations

The city’s Ethics Review Commission will hold a preliminary hearing next Wednesday to determine whether there are “reasonable grounds” to consider an ethics complaint filed against Board of Adjustment member Bryan King.Ross Wilson of PSW Real Estate, which is building…

Monday, March 20, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Board denies appeal accusing church of being front for multifamily residence

Wading through the gray area between religious assembly and residential uses, the Board of Adjustment decided at its Feb. 13 meeting to deny an appeal to reverse staff’s determination that the property at 2530 South Congress was being used for…

Friday, March 17, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Form-based considerations inform West Campus variance case

In the haze of CodeNEXT fever, the form-based language of building types and footprints continues to creep into discussions of land use, and those considerations found their way into the Board of Adjustment’s meeting Monday night.For its final item, the board heard…

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Wider discretionary powers for Board of Adjustment envisioned in CodeNEXT draft

Assistant city attorney Brent Lloyd made a small presentation at the joint meeting of the land use commissions last Tuesday night outlining a possible reconfiguration of the Board of Adjustment’s role in city planning as part of the changes on…

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