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Tag Archives: City of Austin Board of Adjustment

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…

Thursday, August 16, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Cellphone tower ruffles Board of Adjustment

Sometimes, if you don’t know what to do, you have to ask.Vincent Huebinger, representing Crown Castle International and Dean Davidov in a request to relocate a single-antenna cellphone tower to another location at 610 1/2 Kenniston Drive on the southeast…

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 by Ryan Young

Board of Adjustment says yes to South Lamar student housing

On July 9, the Board of Adjustment approved the construction of a small university dormitory in the South Lamar neighborhood, despite the concerns of some neighbors that the proposed facility could create parking shortages on a narrow neighborhood street.The dorm…

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 by Ryan Young

For CodeNEXT, signs of changes to come

CodeNEXT, Austin’s attempt to reform and simplify its Land Development Code, has been a lightning rod for controversy. Activists see the code, which controls everything from how high buildings can be built, how far back their foundations must be from…

Friday, July 20, 2018 by Ryan Young

Views along scenic RM 2222 to remain unspoiled

At the July 9 Board of Adjustment meeting, the board rejected a variance request to adorn a scenic roadway with a monument.Park Centre, an office park located at 8601 RM 2222, sought to construct an additional “monument sign” for a second…

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 by Ryan Young

Board of Adjustment fights over North Loop parking space

Parking was a major sticking point at the July 9 Board of Adjustment meeting, where board members tackled the lack of parking at one particular North Loop property, exposing a rift in Austin’s current transportation thinking.Lauren and Joe Cunningham are…

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Board of Adjustment wants in on CodeNEXT

The Board of Adjustment thinks that it was not given enough say in the code rewrites that are going to make up CodeNEXT, considering that it is the board that rules on variances to the city’s zoning regulations.At its June 11 meeting, even…

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Board of Adjustment determines the price of a view is a variance

Given fierce opposition from a neighbor and unclear stories from an architect, a homeowner and an agent about how a home along the shores of Lake Austin was designed, 6705 Pixie Cove was once again shuffled back into the deck…

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…

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