Tag Archives: City of Austin Board of Adjustment

Friday, June 14, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Flooding concerns prevent BoA from approving increased impervious cover

When it comes to drainage controls, how much of a good thing is too much? The answer is, when drainage control threatens to heighten flood risk due to the increase in impervious cover required for its installation.Jason Asbury came on…

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Board of Adjustment members file grievance against former assistant city attorney

On Monday, Board of Adjustment Chair William Burkhardt and former Board Member Bryan King, with the support of Board Member Don Leighton-Burwell, filed a complaint with the State Bar of Texas against former Assistant City Attorney Brent Lloyd. The complaint…

Friday, May 17, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

BoA postpones case to better understand 10-foot setback implications

After combining two plots of land in the West Austin Sweetbrush neighborhood in January and agreeing to conform to city of Austin ordinances in the process, the owners of 2404 Sweetbrush Drive came before the Board of Adjustment on May…

Thursday, May 16, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Mis-measured fence must come down to size, according to BoA

City code considers a swimming pool to be a backyard hazard that should be securely encircled by a solid fence – sometimes a fence that is higher than the 6-foot standard. However, a fence of increased height is only permitted…

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

BoA says expanded parking at Travis County Tax Office is insufficient

For years, the Travis County Clerk’s Office and the Tax Office at 5501 Airport Blvd. have used the vacant lot next door to accommodate the perpetual parking overflow from Austinites seeking a variety of services.Now, as Austin continues to expand,…

Thursday, May 2, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

BoA grants variance to keep heritage trees and affordable housing

In North Central Austin, developers are working with Central Health and the Housing Authority of the City of Austin to combine nine lots to create an affordable housing complex.The 258-unit complex, located at 411 and 601 E. Powell Lane and…

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

BoA debates fences and pool safety

Barring a handful of exceptions, fences in Austin are generally 6 feet tall. A fence may exceed that standardized height, however, if “a structure, including a telephone junction box, exists that is reasonably likely to enable a child to climb…

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Board of Adjustment grants unpermitted carport permission to stay parked

After a bitter neighborhood battle took place last month over a carport, the owner of the unpermitted car shelter was given a verdict to take down the structure that had stood for 16 years.However, the owner gave it one more…

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Board of Adjustment searches for the line between ‘fraternizing’ and ‘frat’

After purchasing former Texas Governor Ann Richards’ home on 2311 Shoal Creek Boulevard in 2017, the Texas Beta Students Aid Fund, which is the nonprofit arm of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity, retained single-family zoning on the property. Yet neighbors…

Monday, March 25, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Board of Adjustment does not approve variance to ‘preserve neighborhood character’

The desire to build a house is not a sufficient reason to receive a variance, in the eyes of the Board of Adjustment.After having his case postponed at the February meeting of the Board of Adjustment, Joshua Inscoe, who was…

Friday, March 22, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

BoA grants boat dock variance, swayed by trees

After being denied a variance to reconstruct an existing dock to 44 feet instead of the code-compliant 30 feet, the case of 1515 Manana St. returned before the Board of Adjustment at its March 11 meeting.Based on a “substantial” amount…

Thursday, March 21, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Debate over rezone gets in the way of voluntary annexation deal

A decision by the Zoning and Platting Commission Tuesday to push a zoning case hearing back to April could jeopardize an opportunity for the city to annex a 42-acre lot south of FM 2222.The heavily wooded property, east of Lake…

Thursday, March 21, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

BoA OKs wellness project on third try

While the Board of Adjustment has twice denied variance requests required to construct an integrated acupuncture clinic and multifamily residence at 1800 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, members approved variances for the third iteration of the project at their…

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Neighbor takes out grievances over ADU at the Board of Adjustment

Although the Board of Adjustment prefers not to take neighborhood disputes into account when members consider variance requests, sometimes these conflicts can be difficult to ignore.Before hearing any cases at its March 11 meeting, the Board of Adjustment warned those…

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Catholic school cites safety concerns for fence; BoA thinks fence will cause more

Most people would agree that when it comes to schools, safety is sacrosanct. In today’s climate, parents, educators and the community alike may consider a campus that is wide open to public access to be, at the least, worrisome. Under…

Thursday, March 14, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

BoA ponders historically zoned multifamily

For the owner of 608 Elmwood Place in the Hancock neighborhood, perhaps the third time in front of the Board of Adjustment will be the charm.After being postponed last month to allow for more discussion with the neighborhood about the…

Thursday, February 21, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Board of Adjustment seeks neighborly consent for variance

There are occasions when even though the Board of Adjustment deems a request reasonable, procedure dictates that it is unable to approve the request.Such a petition came before the BoA at its Feb. 11 meeting, when the homeowner of 7309…

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…

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