Tag Archives: City of Austin Board of Adjustment

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

BoA tempers West Austin parking plan

A West Austin homeowner hoping to expand his house will also have to find room for a parking space, after a semi-successful visit to the Board of Adjustment.Heidi Goebel, who is an architect (and former Board of Adjustment member), explained…

Monday, September 28, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Music school wins parking reduction variance

A future music school earned a parking reduction variance from the city of Austin’s Board of Adjustment two weeks ago when attorney David Cancialosi successfully argued that parking compliance would have run the property afoul of the city’s Save Our…

Friday, September 25, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Griffin School wins variances, though protests lingered

The Griffin School has finally received its variances from the city of Austin’s Board of Adjustment.Board members voted unanimously to amend a previous variance that decreased the minimum street width requirements for the school, which is located at 5000 Martin Ave.,…

Monday, August 17, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

BoA delays compromise variance in Travis Heights

Neighborhood support for a plan to preserve a historic home alongside new development wasn’t quite enough to sway the Board of Adjustment on a Travis Heights case at its last meeting.Though some board members seemed inclined to support the requested…

Friday, August 14, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Griffin School faces another delay

After yet another postponement at the Board of Adjustment, the fate of the Griffin School remains unclear. Board members warned that this postponement would be the last. The school, which is located at 5000 Martin Ave. in Hyde Park, is…

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

New BoA reverses ADU decision

Though the city’s new accessory dwelling unit ordinance is expected to remain in committee until fall, one North Hyde Park homeowner will be able to proceed with an ADU after a second chance with a new board worked out in…

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…

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