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Tag Archives: City of Austin Board of Adjustment

Thursday, January 15, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

South Austin case closed, garage remains open

A South Austin homeowner’s plea to retain a garage door ended this week at the Board of Adjustment.Ginny Catania, who is the owner of 903 Ethel St., won her latest variance request. Though Catania had initially sought to retain the…

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

BOA puts plan for new kindergarten on hold

Plans to add a kindergarten to St. Andrews Episcopal School remain on hold for now.McLean & Howard, LLP attorney Jeff Howard represented St. Andrews School, which is located at 32nd Street and Wabash Avenue. He explained to the Board of…

Monday, December 22, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

BOA sides with staff on neighborhood appeal

Plans for a home at 2015 Goodrich Ave. will go on after the Board of Adjustment ruled against a neighborhood appeal earlier this month.Before the appeal reached the earlier hearing, three of the neighborhood’s other complaints had been resolved. The remaining…

Thursday, December 18, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Homeowners seek to preserve vegetation, lake view

A fight over the value of invasive species ended in a postponement at the Board of Adjustment last week.Ginger and John Mitchell are permitted to build a dock at their home on Lake Austin. But the places where they could…

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Cultural icon or not, panel says Airstream is still RV

They may have a dedicated following, but under city code Airstream trailers are still recreational vehicles, and parking one in your front yard comes with the same consequences.Andrew Hutton is asking the Board of Adjustment for a variance from a…

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Board of Adjustment worries about envelope pushing

With the likelihood of a complete pass from the city fading, one South Austin homeowner will be looking for creative solutions for the problems triggered by a garage door this month.Though some members of the Board of Adjustment appeared reluctant…

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 by Gene Davis

BoA changes designation for two CrossFit facilities

During a dramatic, packed-beyond-capacity special meeting, the Board of Adjustment voted to reverse a previous staff decision and change the land use designation for two CrossFit locations in Brentwood.The new land use designation could potentially put CrossFit Central, 6205 Burnet…

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…

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