Tag Archives: City of Austin Land Development Code

Monday, August 9, 2021 by Chad Swiatecki

Music, arts proponents renew push in land use code for creative spaces

Music and creative proponents are renewing a push to change the city land use code to make it easier for live music venues and other creative spaces to open throughout the city. The Music Commission voted unanimously last Monday in…

Monday, July 19, 2021 by Seth Smalley

Canyon rimrock complicates reconstruction of Lake Austin boat dock

On July 7, the Environmental Commission approved a variance request to deconstruct and rebuild the Norris boat dock located at 1874 Westlake Drive. Scott Hiers, program manager for the Watershed Protection Department, presented pertinent details to the commission, including site…

Thursday, June 3, 2021 by Amy Smith

Bill that would have revived Land Development Code dies in session

It wasn’t on the city’s legislative agenda, but a bill that would have empowered City Council to move forward with a final vote on a revised Land Development Code died in a House committee, giving neighborhood advocates another victory over…

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

Devil is in the details when it comes to recalibrating density bonus

City Council is set to approve a resolution recalibrating the Downtown Density Bonus program’s affordable housing fees, a first attempt to pick up the pieces of the city’s failed Land Development Code rewrite. Almost all Council members have said they…

Friday, April 9, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

Council approves Rainey towers, pledges new LDC push

On Thursday City Council approved increased floor area ratio for three new towers in the Rainey Street area, bringing 1,000 more homes – 55 of them affordable – to the area. The approval of the towers may have consequences beyond…

Monday, April 5, 2021 by Chad Swiatecki

Panel weighs future potential of city’s health care innovation district

The battle over reconstructing Interstate 35, and the stalled Land Development Code update, are factors that continue to influence the shape and scope of the developing health care innovation district in the eastern section of downtown Austin. Those larger civic…

Wednesday, December 30, 2020 by Elizabeth Pagano

2020: Highlights (and lowlights) of an unforgettable year

It’s not likely that anyone who lived through it will soon forget the year 2020. It’s possible, however, that one might forget the details of local news stories from the year. For that, we offer this review of the year…

Tuesday, December 15, 2020 by Jo Clifton

Pier on Lake Austin rezoning takes next step

The new owners of the once popular Pier restaurant on Lake Austin will have to wait at least until January to get the zoning change they need to repair 20 boat slips on the marina at 1703 River Hills Road.…

Thursday, October 29, 2020 by Jo Clifton

Water-saving code amendments coming

Years after the city’s Water Forward Committee recommended changes to require on-site water reuse systems for commercial development, an item to put the matter into city regulations appears headed for a City Council agenda in December. Austin Water Assistant Director…

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

City Council candidates discuss growth, segregation and the land use code

The Nov. 3 election is set to shape the future of transportation in Austin, but it could also shift City Council’s 7-4 divide on housing and density in the Land Development Code rewrite. While the effort is now tied up…

Wednesday, August 19, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

Planning Commission approves Ben White rezoning request despite staff concerns

At its meeting last week, the Planning Commission unanimously approved a request to rezone 7135 E. Ben White from Limited Industrial Services (LI) to Multifamily Residence – Moderate-High Density (MF-4). The commission approved the application despite staff concerns that the…

Tuesday, August 4, 2020 by Jo Clifton

Subdivision change initiated to help homeowner

Council Member Kathie Tovo and her staff have been trying for more than a year to help two constituents in the Bouldin Creek neighborhood solve a complicated subdivision problem that prevents them from building an addition to their 486-square-foot home.…

Thursday, March 19, 2020 by Audrey McGlinchy, KUT

Judge throws out City Council votes on new Austin land code, putting rewrite in jeopardy

In a ruling that could derail Austin’s rewrite of its Land Development Code, a Travis County district judge voided two votes City Council has taken so far on the changes. The city has spent nearly eight years and more than…

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 by Jo Clifton

LDC vote postponed due to COVID-19

The new Land Development Code, which was moving toward final passage with the support of seven Council members just a few days ago, has now been relegated to the back burner as Mayor Steve Adler and City Council look at…

Monday, March 16, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

Virus impact grabs attention from transit, land use at panel for NW Austin Council members

Even with long-term issues such as local transit and the city’s proposed new Land Development Code up for debate, three City Council members representing the Northwest Austin area couldn’t get away from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic during a…

Thursday, March 12, 2020 by Jo Clifton

Habitat for Humanity, Environment Texas weigh in on land code lawsuit

Travis County District Judge Jan Soifer heard arguments Wednesday from attorneys for 19 Austin homeowners who sued the city over the new Land Development Code. The homeowners filed rezoning protests, but the city denied their requests for a hearing. The plaintiffs…

Monday, March 9, 2020 by Audrey McGlinchy, KUT

The city’s rewrite of its land use code heads to court (again)

Lawyers representing a group of Austin homeowners will argue in court this week that landowners have the right to formally protest the rezoning of their property under a citywide land code rewrite. If the court sides with them, it could…

Monday, March 2, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

Parks board asks Council to add commercial projects to parkland dedication ordinance

The Parks and Recreation Board has asked for a change to the city’s parkland dedication ordinance that would require commercial developments to set aside parkland or make a fee-in-lieu payment to the city. The resolution unanimously approved at last week’s…

Thursday, February 27, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Planning Commission recommends Imagine Austin amendments but postpones neighborhood request

At Tuesday’s Planning Commission meeting, city staff asked commissioners for their recommendations for amending the language of the Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan. Staff brought two requests to the dais. One was for an endorsement to alter the language of the…

Monday, February 24, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Land use code to protect transit-oriented trees and increase canopy cover

A recent amendment to the draft Land Development Code could change how heritage tree preservation impacts new development on corridors. Council Member Paige Ellis offered a concept last week, the Supplemental Heritage Tree Preservation Program, that she said would help…

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