Tag Archives: City of Austin Board of Adjustment

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Board of Adjustment considers a fee change

After more than a year of discussion and drafting, the Board of Adjustment continues to move forward with a request to change its fees.Board Member Bryan King read his proposal for a change to the fees charged for interpretation cases…

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

BoA maintains high standard for high fence

Those wanting a taller fence in the city better have a good reason in hand when they come to the Board of Adjustment for a variance, as two northeast Austinites learned Monday.Josh Washman told the board that he and his…

Thursday, December 22, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

BoA backs city in ‘structural trellis’ case

A bid to change the way the city allows homes to be attached to each other fell short at the Board of Adjustment’s most recent meeting, despite widespread skepticism toward the central idea that an arbor is a “structural element.”The…

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Historic zoning debate reaches new heights at BoA

Are brand-new houses just as eligible for historic zoning as older homes? The answer may not surprise you: No, they are not.The fact that this question was the subject of a half-hour discussion at the Board of Adjustment, however, is…

Monday, November 28, 2016 by Joseph Caterine

BoA postpones interpretation case, disappoints developer

During a special called meeting on Nov. 21, the Board of Adjustment voted to postpone an interpretation case to its next meeting on Dec. 12. Leah Bojo, a senior manager at Drenner Group representing PSW Real Estate, cried “No!” from…

Monday, October 24, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

BoA votes to protect ‘compatibility to nothing’

A recent Board of Adjustment variance case proved that sometimes rules are rules, even absent the reasons they were put in place.William Faust, representing applicant Greg Smith before the board, explained that a small, vacant tract of residentially zoned land…

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

BoA shoots down East Austin variance cluster

At the Board of Adjustment’s most recent meeting, the specters of short-term rentals and the Jumpolin piñata store did no favors for a group seeking variances in East Austin.Chris French, who identified himself as the homeowner’s brother, explained that they…

Tuesday, August 23, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Two-year permit puzzle continued at the BoA

It’s back to the drawing board for some Lake Austin homeowners who have yet to move into the home they purchased in 2014.Armbrust & Brown’s Eric DeYoung represented the owners, Stone Park Trust, at the Board of Adjustment meeting earlier…

Tuesday, August 23, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

No special exceptions for East Austin special exception

Angry neighbors were no match for strange coincidences at the Board of Adjustment earlier this month.Nanette DiNunzio was seeking a special exception that would allow her to retain her garage, which – because it is in the 5-foot setback –…

Thursday, August 11, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Playground plan stalls at BoA

Although those hoping for a playground at Club Creek Apartments will get another shot at a variance next month, it’s not looking promising.Laura Klein spoke on behalf of the apartment complex’s owner, PPA Group, at the Board of Adjustment meeting…

Monday, July 25, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

New plan fails to impress in the wake of unapproved East Austin demolition

Almost two years later, one East Austin homeowner is back at the Board of Adjustment asking for a variance redo, with a promise to reconstruct the demolished home it had promised to preserve.At this point, owner 2100 E. 14 Ventures…

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

East Seventh bar plan goes south at BoA

It appears that the dream of another east side bar may be over, after Board of Adjustment members definitively shot down a request at their last meeting for reduced parking.Currently, the building at 1309 E. Seventh St. has room for…

Monday, July 18, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Board of Adjustment opts not to consider neighbor’s belated complaints

Given unclear rules, misgivings about precedent and a huge stack of papers to wade through, the Board of Adjustment voted to reject a neighbor’s appeal of someone else’s variance at its last meeting.Lotte Vehko John Mayes was asking for a…

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

BoA shoots down affordable housing variance in East Austin

An affordable housing project in Central East Austin had clear support from the Board of Adjustment. But, given the similarity to a case down the street that was rejected just hours before, board members struggled to articulate their support in…

Thursday, June 2, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

“Grandiose” East Austin remodel stalls at BoA

Fast-paced change in Central East Austin has helped contribute a boon of cases to the city’s planning commissions, where it has become clear that prosperity has been a mixed bag.At their most recent meeting, Board of Adjustment members took up…

Monday, May 16, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

New co-op wrangles with parking at BoA

Could a brand-new co-op be on the way in the University Neighborhood Overlay? Probably, but there are some parking issues to clear up before the project can move forward.Though some Board of Adjustment members seemed wary of the request for…

Monday, April 25, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Tanks tank in Old West Austin variance case

To find proof that the opinions of neighbors hold sway at the city’s boards and commissions, look no further than the Board of Adjustment. At its recent meeting, board members voted unanimously to deny a variance that may have looked…

Monday, April 18, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

BoA awaits better hardship for east side development

A project that could bring three-story homes to the east side may be on track for getting some of the variances it needs – but developers are going to have to strengthen their hardship claim first.At their most recent meeting,…

Thursday, March 31, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Montessori school on narrow road remains in limbo

The Mariposa Montessori school may have found its ideal location, but without a variance that will allow it to build on the narrow Paisano Trail, plans are stalled.Currently, Mariposa Montessori is located on Brodie Lane, but it is now looking…

Thursday, March 24, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Parking and character battle at BoA case

Is a lack of parking a neighborhood characteristic? In East Austin, maybe it is.At the most recent meeting of the Board of Adjustment, George Rodenbusch was seeking a variance to reduce the number of required parking spaces from four to…

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