Tag Archives: City of Austin Board of Adjustment

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…

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…

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