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Tag Archives: City of Austin Board of Adjustment

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 by Gene Davis

Speedy BoA won’t indulge no-shows at meeting

Toward the end of what a staff liaison called a historically short meeting, the Board of Adjustment took the uncommon step of denying three variance requests in which the applicants did not show up on time to present their cases.Board…

Monday, September 22, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Highland area development still seeking signs

A second visit to the Board of Adjustment was not enough for a North Central Austin development that hopes a network of signs will help increase its visibility.Since the last visit, developers of the Linc on Middle Fiskville Road had…

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Cherrywood casita gets BoA approval

Despite a squabble over parking that split the Board of Adjustment last week, plans for a Cherrywood casita will move forward.Homeowner Holly Kincannon was asking for two variances in order to build a casita behind her house at 3102 Lafayette Ave.…

Friday, September 12, 2014 by Austin Monitor

Whisper Roundup: Accuracy a casualty in mayor’s race

Longtime readers of the Austin Monitor and its predecessor will remember Whispers as a column of information about what is really going on at City Hall, Travis County and the myriad other entities we cover. With our recent changeover to…

Thursday, September 11, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Board grants variance for novel preservation plan

The Board of Adjustment gave the go-ahead for a novel preservation strategy at its Monday night meeting.Newcastle Homes’ Lex Zwarum’s proposal, which he describes as a “win-win,” will zone the existing house at 2100 East 14th St. as a historic…

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Environmental Board nixes variance for tram

Though there was some debate, Environmental Board members in the end voted against granting a variance that would have allowed building a tram along Lake Austin.The board had already rejected a request at its previous meeting for a variance from…

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Board rejects request to construct tram at Lake Austin property

A Lake Austin tram plan stalled at last week’s Environmental Board meeting, where board members worried that their endorsement of the project could set a damaging precedent for the city.Consultant Bruce Aupperle spoke on behalf of the homeowners at 3961…

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Council rejects eastside zoning request despite error in city permit

A neighborhood association squared off against its own president at City Council last Thursday during a contentious East Austin rezoning case.   In the end, Council members sided with the neighborhood and denied the zoning change on a 3-4 vote. Toria…

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 by Kara Nuzback

Board of Adjustment rules on several Lake Austin cases

Austin’s Board of Adjustment made several decisions last week related to residential changes in the Lake Austin area.   A request to tear down a boathouse behind a home on Tortuga Trail was blocked by Board Member Michael Von Ohlen,…

Thursday, May 22, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Planning Commission allows beleaguered B&B to finish construction

After months of limbo, the Adams Park Bed and Breakfast is finally on the verge of some relief from a months-long process of staff error and commission meetings that has left them stranded.   Owners Liz and Sidney Lock returned…

Monday, May 19, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Board of Adjustment grants variance to allow home to remain

Perseverance paid off at the Board of Adjustment, where after a postponement, a denial and a reconsideration, one East Austin homeowner ultimately won a variance that will allow his house to stay put.   Casey Weems returned to the board…

Monday, May 5, 2014 by Heydn Ericson

BoA bounces Hyde Park B&B case back to Planning Commission

The owners of the Adams House Bed-and-Breakfast might be feeling a bit like a pinball, being bounced back and forth between two city boards, neither of which appears to want to deal with their issue. The innkeepers, already dealing with…

Monday, April 28, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Board of Adjustment postpones variance to enclose South Austin carport

A request for a garage in South Austin spiraled into a late-night philosophical discussion at the Board of Adjustment.   Allison Marshall was seeking a variance that would allow her to decrease her front yard setback so that she could…

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Board of Adjustment postpones variance for title loan company

The Board of Adjustment is taking extra time to consider a case that could test the city’s new ordinance regulating payday lenders. One company, Texas Title Loans, is complaining that the law is being improperly applied to them retroactively.  …

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Board rejects setback variance, says small house is too big for its lot

It’s a really small house, but according to members of the Board of Adjustment, it’s too big for the lot. A request for a second setback variance for an East Austin home failed to win sufficient support from the board…

Thursday, April 17, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Artz Rib House project shows difficulty with remodeling plans

Though there were strong indications that some Board of Adjustment members are among those missing a restaurant where Artz Rib House once stood, they will have to wait along with everyone else for a proposed remodel to get sorted with…

Monday, March 17, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Board of Adjustment to look at tram regulations on Lake Austin

The Board of Adjustment will take a closer look at whether trams should be allowed on Lake Austin, even if they have to take a longer route to get there.   The subject arose at last week’s board’s meeting when…

Friday, March 14, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Building a foot too far could put East Austin resident out of bounds

What initially seemed like a small mistake could ultimately prove costly for one East Austin homeowner.   Eastside resident Cayce Weems returned to the Board of Adjustment  Monday asking for rear and side street setback for his house at 403…

Monday, March 10, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Board of Adjustment rules staff incorrectly determined address

Common sense prevailed at a specially called meeting of the Board of Adjustment Tuesday night.   The board met to interpret whether staff had acted in error in issuing a building permit at 3110 Grandview Street, which is located in…

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

BOA balks at mandating design standards for Bouldin Creek project

Bouldin Creek Neighborhood’s bid to require compliance with its design standards found a receptive audience at the Board of Adjustment last week. However, the board balked at requiring new construction to comply with the neighborhood’s voluntary standards.   Owners Eustolio…

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