Tag Archives: City of Austin Land Development Code

Thursday, June 5, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Despite criticism, Planning Commission reviews CodeNEXT rewrite

Though the process continues to draw criticism, the CodeNEXT code rewrite moves forward, and the Planning Commission looked at its latest benchmark last week.   Planning and Development ReviewUrban Planner George Zapalac  presented the Planning Commission with a draft of…

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Planning Commission nixes request for more impervious cover

Despite claims of staff error, the Planning Commission was unsympathetic to an East Austin homeowner in search of a zoning fix last week.   Blake and Toria English, the owners of 1307 Waller Street, were seeking a change from SF-3…

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Board of Adjustment postpones variance for title loan company

The Board of Adjustment is taking extra time to consider a case that could test the city’s new ordinance regulating payday lenders. One company, Texas Title Loans, is complaining that the law is being improperly applied to them retroactively.  …

Monday, April 14, 2014 by Kara Nuzback

Commission OKs recycling, composting plan for mobile food trucks

A city panel is working to encourage recycling and composting among Austin’s myriad mobile food trucks.   The Zero Waste Advisory Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to recommend amending city code to allow food trucks to use unattached trash receptacles, a…

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 by Michael Kanin

Riley’s push for micro-apartments draws complaint from Morrison

A push from Council Member Chris Riley to revise Austin’s Land Development Code to include new provisions to encourage the construction of micro-apartments raised concerns from Council Member Laura Morrison at Council’s Tuesday work session. There, Morrison argued that the…

Friday, March 21, 2014 by Michael Kanin

Council OKs lower occupancy limits for new housing

Austin City Council members Thursday approved a downward adjustment in occupancy limits citywide, a move that drops the maximum number of unrelated adults that can live at a given address from six to four. The vote was 6-1 with Council…

Monday, March 10, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Panel debates future steps for Land Development Code rewrite

Some may think it’s moving too fast, and some may think it’s moving too slow, but most everyone agrees that the revision of the city’s Land Development Code continues to move toward what one stakeholder calls “difficult, necessary conversations.”  …

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

ANC wants Land Development Code rewrite held for 10-1 Council

The Austin Neighborhoods Council and others are calling for the ongoing rewrite of the city’s Land Development Code to be put on hold until the new 10-1 City Council is seated in January 2015.   At their Monday afternoon meeting,…

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

City Council approves limits on occupancy rates on first reading

After a very long night at its last meeting, the Austin City Council had taken definitive steps toward a reduction of maximum occupancy rates in single-family dwellings.   Council voted on first reading to reduce the maximum occupancy from six…

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 by Michael Kanin

Council considers details of lowering housing occupancy cap

Austin City Council members Tuesday continued to explore a potential change in development rules that lowers the city’s occupancy cap from six to four unrelated persons. Though the measure, brought by Council Member Mike Martinez, is aimed squarely at what…

Friday, January 17, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

ZAP reluctantly approves new subdivision for Steiner Ranch

A small rebellion at the Zoning and Platting Commission was thwarted last week, with commissioners acquiescing to code and, in the end, approving a Steiner Ranch subdivision.   Previously, the commission had rejected the subdivision, citing health and safety concerns.…

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 by Elizabeth Pagano

Board of Adjustment does remedial work on Lake Austin regulations

Continuing to grapple with being thrown into the deep end of Lake Austin regulations, the Board of Adjustment took a closer look at their new responsibilities at a specially-called meeting last week.   Changes in process flummoxed the board at…

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 by Elizabeth Pagano

City studies occupancy limits as latest way to curb stealth dorms

Once again, the city is attempting to tackle stealth dorms. This time they are looking toward a reduction in occupancy rates as one tool to fix the problem.   The proposed code amendment would reduce the maximum number of unrelated…

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