Tag Archives: City of Austin Board of Adjustment

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Duplexes to rise again

Board of Adjustment members gave a partial go-ahead to a Rosedale duplex project last week – but it deferred an impervious cover variance for now, pending neighborhood support.Mark Vornberg of Dick Clark and Associates told the board that Diane Howard’s…

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Griffin School variance delayed once again

The Board of Adjustment once again postponed a crucial variance for the Griffin School on Monday. Though some residents of the surrounding Hyde Park neighborhood continue to oppose the variance, board members expressed hope that the details of a compromise…

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

New BoA soldiers on, despite concern

With two member appointments outstanding, the new Board of Adjustment held its first meeting Monday, despite the concerns of a former board member.Assistant City Attorney Brent Lloyd said that, as a rule, in cases that require a majority of votes…

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Foundation Communities project back on track after BoA delay

An attempt to thwart construction of Foundation Communities’ Bluebonnet Studios fell flat at the Board of Adjustment on Monday night.Michael Sullivan, who owns the property adjacent to the Bluebonnet Studios site, asked the board to reconsider two city staff code…

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

BoA says impervious cover can stay

Though it attached lectures and conditions, the Board of Adjustment has ruled that a Brykerwoods home can keep its impervious cover.The owners of a house at 1800 West 29th St. were seeking a variance to allow the current 53 percent…

Monday, June 22, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

BoA torpedoes North Hyde Park ADU variance

As Austin’s accessory dwelling unit ordinance revision enters its second year, those in the city trying to build ADUs continue to have a hard time. That was certainly the case at the Board of Adjustment’s last meeting, during which one North Hyde…

Thursday, June 18, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Popular infill project stalls at BoA

Time invested, neighborhood support and a convoluted city code won’t get you a variance at the Board of Adjustment. But they might buy you a little time.James Schoenbaum is the owner and manager of the proposed development at 614 and…

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Griffin School enrollment causes trouble at City Hall

Last week, Austin’s Griffin School went to the Board of Adjustment to ask for a variance crucial to its continued operation.Griffin is a private liberal arts school at 5000 Martin Ave. in Hyde Park that teaches students in grades 9-12.…

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

BOA grants variances, effectively denies house

The Board of Adjustment granted variances for one East Austin homeowner Monday night, but that doesn’t mean he will be able to build the home he wants.William Scott Admire, who owns a house at 2012 Hamilton Ave., told the board that without…

Thursday, April 16, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

BoA to interpret rule on attic dormers next month

For almost a year, the Zilker Neighborhood Association has been waiting for an explanation about McMansion dormers. This week, association members took their questions to the Board of Adjustment and asked for an interpretation.After a discussion of the issue, board…

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

BoA approves variance and chides HOA

Rules may be rules, but this week one northwest homeowners association learned that it takes more than dogma to get the Board of Adjustment on board with nudging a backyard shed and foundation.Homeowners Yaguo Wang and her husband, Jian Ku,…

Monday, April 13, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Reporter’s Notebook: Appointment drama continues

Casar challenges District 6 appointment … Last Friday, Council Member Greg Casar used the City Council Message Board to announce that he will be asking Council to rescind the District 6 nomination to the Commission on Immigrant Affairs, Rebecca Forest.…

Monday, March 23, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

BOA denies variances for Lake Austin tram

The Board of Adjustment rejected a request last week from a Lake Austin homeowner seeking to build a tram to a boat dock.Chris Pacitti was seeking variances from the Land Development Code that would have allowed him to construct the…

Thursday, March 19, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Neighbor’s garage won’t stop duplex, says board

A neighborhood association bid to overturn a building permit based on a neighbor’s garage lost an appeal at the Board of Adjustment last week.The board voted 6-1 to deny the appeal, with Board Member Stuart Hampton voting in opposition.Board Member Will…

Thursday, March 12, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Board summarily rejects Lake Austin variances

The Board of Adjustment pulled no punches Monday night, but it did knock out a pair of questionable variance requests.Board members swiftly denied two Lake Austin impervious cover requests and brushed off a last-minute withdrawal request that could have allowed…

Monday, February 23, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

BoA seeks answer to impervious cover question

As of last week, the Board of Adjustment was still looking for an explanation for an extra 10 percent of impervious cover in the plans for a Central Austin home.Board members postponed the case for a third time, in search…

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Board rules tree-shielding carport must go

A Cherrywood resident who hoped to save both his cars and his trees found no fix at the Board of Adjustment.Adrian Young, who owns the house at 3216 Lafayette Ave., was seeking a variance to reduce the setback from 15…

Thursday, February 12, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Board rules Allandale Airstream can stay

At least one home in Allandale will remain weird, though the homeowner will have to work hard to obscure it if he doesn’t want to run afoul of city code again.Andrew Hutton was before the Board of Adjustment last December, seeking…

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

No-show is a no-go at the Board of Adjustment

The Board of Adjustment extended no favors to an East Cesar Chavez homeowner who failed to appear at its Monday night meeting. Instead, the board quickly voted against her request for a greater floor-to-area ratio than the McMansion Ordinance allows.Homeowner…

Monday, January 26, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

When is a carport a garage? Ask the BOA

At its last meeting, the Board of Adjustment considered whether staff had made an error by issuing a building permit at 904 Jessie St. David King, on behalf of the Zilker Neighborhood Association, made the appeal. In the end it…

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