Tag Archives: City of Austin Planning Commission

Monday, September 20, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

Austin Opry House development faces opposition from Planning Commission, neighbors

A mixed-use project seeking to revive historic music venue Austin Opry House ran into concerns Tuesday from the Planning Commission, which voted to postpone the rezoning case by a month to give the applicant, Richard Weiss, more time to work…

Friday, September 17, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

For neighbors’ sake, Planning Commission recommends downsizing multifamily project by half

In an attempt to appease neighbors wary of new multifamily development, the Planning Commission Tuesday recommended less dense zoning than was requested by the owner of several vacant lots at Grady and Brownie drives in North Austin. The commission followed…

Wednesday, September 1, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

Council gives initial OK to Fair Market rezoning

City Council has tentatively approved a height increase for a new East Austin office project that would replace Fair Market, an event space, on the southern half of the block bordered by Waller, East Fifth and Sixth streets. Council Member…

Friday, August 27, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

A new Austin Energy rule aims to keep construction workers safe. It could also make homes harder to build.

In response to the death by electrocution of a construction worker and a subsequent lawsuit, Austin Energy has increased the minimum distance between power lines and new buildings, a regulation the utility says will keep workers safer. A jury in…

Thursday, August 5, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

Attempted tree removal creates cul-de-sac conflict

A saga that stretched a year and a half and pitted neighbor against neighbor ended last week when the Planning Commission prevented North Austin resident Patrick Fulker from removing a cottonwood tree in the public right of way.  Neighbor Krenda…

Thursday, July 29, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

Planning Commission recommends ‘missing middle’ project next to single-family homes

On Tuesday, the Planning Commission recommended multifamily zoning for a 20-unit townhome project at 901 & 907 Stobaugh St. in the Crestview neighborhood. The rezoning would represent a substantial increase in density compared to the single-family properties just west of…

Thursday, July 15, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

Planning Commission struggles with latest Plaza Saltillo rezoning

The Planning Commission, unable to accept a height increase for an office project in the Plaza Saltillo area amidst concerns about the building’s design, sent the case to Council without a recommendation Tuesday.  The office project will replace Fair Market,…

Wednesday, June 30, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

Planning Commission recommends updates to land use plans for E. 11th and 12th streets

In the late 1990s, City Council decided to revitalize so-called blighted areas east of downtown through urban renewal plans. Now, over 20 years later, the city is updating these plans along East 11th and 12th streets. The primary goal is…

Thursday, June 24, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

Downtown co-living project gets Planning Commission support

Shoal Cycle, a 70-unit co-living project planned for 812 W. 11th St., went to the Planning Commission Tuesday to seek Downtown Mixed-Use (DMU-CO) zoning with a conditional overlay bumping the allowable building height to 90 feet. The commission voted to…

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

500-unit South Lamar project fails to get Planning Commission support

Since the Planning Commission has opposed Multifamily Residence-Highest Density (MF-6) zoning for a 500-unit apartment project at 2700 S. Lamar Blvd., the rezoning will go before Council next month without the commission’s recommendation. The developer for the project hopes to…

Friday, June 11, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

Planning Commissioners blast unequal treatment of renters

A rezoning case at Tuesday’s Planning Commission meeting sparked a conversation among commissioners over the disparate treatment between renters and single-family homeowners in the rezoning process.  A 330-unit multifamily project with 33 income restricted units is slated for a long,…

Tuesday, June 1, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

Planning Commission supports latest East Austin VMU rezoning

The Planning Commission last Tuesday recommended approval of a rezoning to allow a 126-unit multifamily building at 1200-1208 Springdale Road. The developer requests Vertical Mixed Use (-V) zoning, which would allow more units, on top of the current Community Commercial-Mixed…

Thursday, May 20, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

A neighborhood’s request to build a private park draws concern over policing

Last week the Planning Commission heard a surprisingly controversial debate among neighbors in East Austin’s Senate Hills over whether to allow the construction of a new neighborhood park. Though the commissioners all sided with those in favor of the park,…

Friday, May 14, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

Planning Commission gives developer and neighbors more time to break ‘impasse’

The developers of a small East Austin mixed-use project will have to keep talking it out with concerned neighbors to resolve their differences. The Planning Commission, after trying and failing to break the “impasse” between the developer and several neighbors,…

Friday, May 14, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

Planning Commission recommends PUD zoning for Brackenridge Hospital tract

The Planning Commission Tuesday recommended Planned Unit Development (PUD) zoning for the tract that was formerly home to Brackenridge Hospital, bringing one of the biggest downtown redevelopment projects one step closer to design and construction. Owner Central Health is planning…

Thursday, April 29, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

City gains parkland along Williamson Creek, but access proves tricky

The Planning Commission tried to settle a dispute Tuesday over public park access between the Parks and Recreation Department and the developer of a South Congress multifamily project. When finding the best solution for both parties proved elusive, commissioners blamed the…

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

Planning Commission backs apartments on St. Andrew’s School property

The Planning Commission last Tuesday backed rezoning a portion of land owned by St. Andrew’s School in Southwest Austin, bringing a proposed 295-unit apartment project one step closer to fruition. The school aims to rezone a 15-acre slice of its…

Thursday, April 15, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

Planning Commission recommends newest Foundation Communities project

The Planning Commission has backed the latest project by local affordable housing developer Foundation Communities, recommending Multifamily-Moderate Density (MF-4) zoning for an 8-acre, church-owned property at 2105 Parker Lane in Southeast Austin. The Parker Apartments will offer 135 units affordable…

Wednesday, March 31, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

Planning Commission recommends 400-unit VMU project at Airport and Springdale 

A 400-unit apartment project at 3707 Goodwin Ave. took another step toward approval last Tuesday after receiving Planning Commission support for vertical-mixed use (VMU) zoning.  “This is a simple, straightforward VMU zoning case,” said David Hartman, representing the applicant, “but…

Tuesday, March 30, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

Planning Commission throws support behind Springdale Green development

The Planning Commission last Tuesday recommended rezoning a 30-acre brownfield site in East Austin to make way for Springdale Green, a proposed 800,000-square-foot, mixed-use development. The commission voted 7-4 to support Planned Unit Development zoning, though only at the current…

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