Tag Archives: City of Austin Downtown Density Bonus

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 shift…

Thursday, July 27, 2017 by Lisa Dreher

Community Development Commission grapples with CodeNEXT

The Community Development Commission voiced frustration over lack of outreach and discussion with the CodeNEXT team during a special called meeting earlier this month.The first draft of CodeNEXT, Austin’s land code rewrite, has been out since January, but some commissioners…

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 by Jack Craver

The many balancing acts in Austin’s quest for affordable housing

When it comes to providing housing that is affordable to Austin’s poor and working-class residents, city leaders have very few tools at their disposal.The city is barred by state law from implementing the types of regulations that other major cities…

Thursday, June 22, 2017 by Jack Craver

CodeNEXT proposes new program to bolster affordable housing

CodeNEXT, the proposed overhaul of the city’s Land Development Code, dramatically expands an existing city program that offers developers incentives to build housing reserved for low- and middle-income buyers and renters.In a presentation to City Council members on Wednesday, the…

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Bills threaten Austin’s land use plans

Brie Franco, the city of Austin’s chief legislative strategist, gave City Council a brief update at Tuesday’s work session before rushing off to do some last minute lobbying.The city is facing a number of legislative attempts to curb its powers…

Friday, September 30, 2016 by Joseph Caterine

Tovo pushes alternatives in lieu of fees-in-lieu

Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo is pushing ahead in her efforts to steer the city’s density bonus programs in a new direction. Near the end of last year, she initiated a staff review of the current programs, suspecting that there…

Thursday, October 15, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Council may revamp affordable housing policy

City Council will pick up a proposal today that Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo hopes will lead to more on-site affordable housing in future developments throughout the city. Based on a discussion at a work session on Tuesday, however, it…

Thursday, August 20, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Council poised to revisit density bonus programs

Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo is moving forward with a proposal to take a closer look at the city’s density bonus programs and at whether it’s a good idea to eliminate the fee-in-lieu option that allows developers to pay into…

Thursday, May 21, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Committee considers density bonus revamp

On Monday, City Council’s Planning and Neighborhoods Committee started the conversations about whether it could change Austin’s Downtown Density Bonus Program to require on-site affordable housing.The Downtown Density Bonus Program allows developers increased entitlements, such as more height, in exchange…

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Planning Commission OKs increased FAR for downtown high-rise

The Planning Commission heard its first Downtown Density Bonus Program case last week. And, while there will be a contribution to the city’s affordable housing trust fund, developers were also asking for entitlements greater than those offered under the Downtown…

Thursday, March 13, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Planning Commission won’t amend NCCD to fix permit mistake

The Planning Commission has shot down a city staff scheme to fix a mistake that left a neighborhood business in limbo.   Though the request was solely to initiate an amendment to the Hyde Park Neighborhood Conservation Combining District (NCCD,)…

Monday, March 3, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Council makes late changes to Downtown Density Program

There were big changes at the last minute for the city’s Downtown Density Bonus Program Thursday night.   City Council voted 7-0 to codify community benefits of the Downtown Density Bonus Program not relating to affordability. They also voted to…

Thursday, October 17, 2013 by Michael Kanin

Council looks at compromise on Rainey Street density bonus plan

Austin City Council members returned Tuesday to the question of how to calculate public amenities associated with density bonuses for projects located in the Rainey Street neighborhood downtown. As part of the discussion – postponed from Council’s last agenda –…

Thursday, October 3, 2013 by Michael Kanin

Delay sought for Density Bonus plans for Rainey Street

Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole plans to delay an item on today’s Austin City Council agenda that seeks to reconcile the city’s new Downtown Density Bonus program with one in place in the exploding Rainy Rainey Street area. With the postponement,…

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