Tag Archives: City of Austin Land Development Code

Monday, December 9, 2019 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Alternatives to hissing

Instead of hissing… On Saturday, the city held a public meeting to discuss the draft Land Development Code, which City Council is scheduled to vote on today. How did it go? In a nutshell: 392 Austinites spoke on the draft…

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Chief appraiser says market will determine whether code rewrite changes property values

City Council got some clarity Tuesday on the issue of property valuations under the Land Development Code rewrite.Chief Appraiser Marya Crigler of the Travis Central Appraisal District joined Council’s work session to offer context to a conversation Council members began…

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Garza says code needs ‘equity overlay’ to address historic development patterns

Reading through the draft Land Development Code over the last several weeks, Mayor Pro Tem Delia Garza noted that, for all its pages and nuance, the draft has a blind spot around housing equity.Realizing there was no single tool to…

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Land Development Code: Density and impervious cover

With the first reading of the new Land Development Code draft expected by Council in two short weeks, the Watershed Protection Department is working to finalize its recommendations.Despite the tight timeline, Environmental Officer Chris Herrington told the Environmental Commission at…

Monday, November 25, 2019 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Code warrior

Nineteenth-century home discovered in Northeast Austin… Homes dating prior to the 20th century are rare in Texas. Therefore, discovering one is a momentous event. Historic Landmark commissioners expressed excitement at the announcement from Historic Preservation Officer Steve Sadowsky that the…

Thursday, November 21, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Historic Landmark Commission expresses displeasure at preservation efforts in LDC draft

As Council’s first vote on the new Land Development Code draft inches ever closer, the Historic Landmark Commission publicly weighed in at its Nov. 18 meeting – and its reaction was not a positive one. Of particular concern was the…

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

How heritage tree regulations change under new draft code

Transition zones have proved to be a divisive topic at City Hall during the ongoing discussions about the Land Development Code draft.These zones, which are meant to promote “missing middle” housing options and increase density, are raising eyebrows due to…

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 by Jo Clifton

Council argues over adopting zoning map

City Council still has at least two more work sessions and a public hearing in which to understand and hash out differences of opinion about the new Land Development Code before Dec. 9, the first of three readings to adopt…

Monday, November 18, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Council approves amendments to city code and new floodplain maps

City Council has unanimously approved amendments to the city code redefining what constitutes the 25-year and 100-year floodplains in Austin. The changes also amend floodplain regulations and expand staff’s ability to approve residential redevelopment within the expanded floodplains.The proposed code…

Monday, November 18, 2019 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Easy as L, D, C

Diversify the LDC… At Saturday’s joint meeting of the arts and music commissions, the two groups each approved a request that the Planning Commission adjust the language in a recent addition to the draft Land Development Code that is being…

Thursday, November 14, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Council debates the potential impact of large-scale rezoning on property taxes

Some of City Council’s internal conflict over the Land Development Code may be tied to different understandings of how zoning and development affect residential property taxes.The code rewrite lead team told Council on Tuesday that many residents are worried zoning…

Thursday, November 14, 2019 by Audrey McGlinchy

Land code heads to City Council with request to focus development on West Austin instead of East

Austin’s new land use code, which determines what can be built in the city and where, is one step closer to being finalized – but first, one city body is asking that the plan encourage development farther west instead of…

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 by Audrey McGlinchy

Austin City Council will start voting on a new land code in December. Here are five terms to know.

The city of Austin has spent almost eight years and roughly $11 million rewriting its land use code, the set of rules dictating what you can build in the city and where you can build it.Much of the code can…

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Parks board recommends that the Parkland Dedication Ordinance remain untouched

The city of Austin has had a Parkland Dedication Ordinance as part of its Land Development Code since 1985. The ordinance has been updated three times since its institution, with the most recent iteration in 2016, after two years of…

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Taco trucks, booze and day care: Commission talks site use in code draft

The current Land Development Code rewrite is usually discussed in either the big-picture abstractions of elected leaders or the detailed, close-up focus of city staffers. Yet more practical questions tend to get little public attention. But at its meeting last…

Monday, October 28, 2019 by Audrey McGlinchy

Can you protest changes to your property under the land code rewrite? City says no.

City of Austin lawyers are refuting the claims of an Austin nonprofit that has been campaigning for property owners to protest the possible rezoning of their land under the city’s land use code rewrite.“City officials plan to rezone your home…

Friday, October 25, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Commission debates neighborhood planning and housing equity under code rewrite

The Planning Commission is divided over the role existing neighborhood plans should play in the new Land Development Code.Residents who benefit from neighborhood plans defended their merits Tuesday and urged commissioners to do more to help preserve those plans in…

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Planning Commission offers solutions to missing-middle housing problem

Transition zones continue to divide the city’s elected and appointed officials in discussions over the Land Development Code.Several City Council members have already taken issue with the way the zones – meant to promote missing-middle housing types in Imagine Austin…

Monday, October 21, 2019 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Wide awake at the wheel

Letting go of control… Ford Motor Company has announced plans to carry people and goods around Austin in self-driving cars as early as 2021, but most people in the general public say they wouldn’t feel comfortable taking their eyes off…

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Board of Adjustment wants to participate more fully in LDC review

The Land Development Code draft continues to make its way through the city’s boards and commissions, making its latest stop at the Board of Adjustment on Monday night.The Board of Adjustment is tasked with sending feedback to the Planning Commission…

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