Tag Archives: City of Austin Design Commission

Monday, August 16, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

Design Commission wants to remove downtown FAR caps, cut Council out of density bonus program

Following a City Council discussion earlier this year about updating the Downtown Density Bonus Program, the Design Commission last week recommended several changes for Council to mull, including removing Council’s discretion over allowing extra-dense towers and removing floor area ratio…

Wednesday, July 14, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

City staffers propose Great Streets fees-in-lieu

City staffers have recommended new fees-in-lieu for the Great Streets requirement of the Downtown Density Bonus program, as City Council directed last year. On June 28, they presented their recommendations to the Design Commission.  Establishing fees-in-lieu for Great Streets is…

Thursday, February 25, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

Design Commission gives feedback on Fiesta Gardens vision

On Monday, the Design Commission reviewed plans for Fiesta Gardens, a city-owned events center in East Austin that is set to receive extensive renovations within the next two years.  The venue, which is on the National Register of Historic Places,…

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

Design Commission eyes Dougherty Arts Center plan

The Design Commission on Monday gave feedback on design alternatives for the Dougherty Arts Center redevelopment, setting up a City Council discussion next month. Though commissioners differed on the best alternative, they commended the project as a whole. The “beloved”…

Friday, October 2, 2020 by Daniel Salazar

Design Commission advances new hotel project on downtown parking lot

The Design Commission unanimously voted Wednesday to recommend a density bonus for a proposed 17-story hotel project at 617 Colorado St. in downtown Austin. The site is currently a surface parking lot at the southeast corner of Seventh and Colorado…

Monday, September 28, 2020 by Savana Dunning

Design Commission work group starts process to revise Urban Design Guidelines

The Design Commission’s newly formed Urban Design work group has begun talks to revise the city’s Urban Design Guidelines, which are more than 10 years old. Unlike Austin’s zoning code, which contains the city’s building and construction requirements, the Urban Design…

Thursday, November 8, 2018 by Jack Craver

City tries to get developers to embrace ‘great urban design’

While the most often discussed aim of density bonuses has been to create affordable housing, the city also hopes to use them as a way to encourage other community benefits, including superior design. “We’re trying to shift the narrative and…

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Skyway or the highway for teaching hospital

Things got philosophical when the Planning Commission was asked to approve a sky bridge for Austin’s new teaching hospital last week. Ultimately, practical concerns won out. Commissioners voted 7-1 to approve an “aerial encroachment” for the Seton Healthcare Family facility,…

Thursday, February 27, 2014 by Kara Nuzback

Design Commission mandates right of way upgrade for condo project

A developer planning a 163-unit condominium project downtown near Shoal Creek is finding that flood plain requirements are making it difficult to comply with the city’s urban design guidelines.   The Austin Design Commission voted unanimously Monday to require developer…

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