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Tag Archives: City of Austin Planning Commission

Thursday, February 21, 2019 by Jack Craver

Legal fight over Planning Commission likely to continue

The city of Austin does not appear any closer to resolving a legal challenge from Attorney General Ken Paxton over the composition of its Planning Commission. So far, nobody on City Council has proposed removing any members in response to…

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 by Jack Craver

Commission divided on whether home of architecture icon should be a landmark

The Planning Commission declined to recommend historic zoning for a 70-year-old home in Old West Austin due to recent changes the property owner made to the house. The case demonstrated the tenuous standards that shape the city’s efforts to preserve…

Thursday, January 24, 2019 by Jack Craver

Planning Commission OKs change to 30-year-old development agreement

Homes produce a lot less sewage now than they did 30 years ago. That’s partly why the Planning Commission decided Tuesday to allow the construction of an office building in western Travis County over the objections of city staff.The story…

Monday, January 14, 2019 by Alyx Wilson

Neighborhood planning poised to change

The Planning Commission was recently briefed on the future of small area planning by Planning and Zoning staff.Austin has focused its small area planning around the neighborhood planning strategy since a 1997 City Council resolution. But subsequent to a resolution…

Monday, January 14, 2019 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: The bonus no one wanted

Violations that make lawyers giggle… On Jan. 9, the Ethics Review Commission heard the preliminary case of DeShawn Scott, an administrative specialist in the Public Works Department, who used his city computer for purposes related to his own outside businesses: Texas…

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 by Alyx Wilson

New multifamily slated for Old Bee Caves Road

The owners of an 18-acre plot at 6901 Old Bee Caves Road earned a recommendation from the Planning Commission at its Nov. 27 meeting for a change that would add mixed-use zoning to the tract.The developer hopes to build 315…

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 by Alyx Wilson

Old UT Co-op gets an upzoning after being empty for over a year

The University of Texas Law School Foundation owns the building that used to be a retail UT Co-op store on the corner of Medical Arts and Dean Keeton streets (2902 Medical Arts St. and 2901 Hampton Road). The foundation came…

Thursday, November 15, 2018 by Alyx Wilson

Planning Commission recommends Sekrit Theater move forward with tiny housing development

The Planning Commission recommended a rezoning Tuesday for an East Austin venue known as Sekrit Theater that will enable the owner to turn the two-acre plot into a tiny housing development, with some conditions.The owner, Austin artist Beau Reichert, requested…

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 by Alyx Wilson

Planning Commission balks at neighborhood VMU

At its Oct. 23 meeting, the Planning Commission found itself reeling at a request for vertical mixed use on a rezoning case in Windsor Park at 6203, 6205 and 6207 Berkman Drive. The applicant presented two options that were agreed…

Thursday, October 25, 2018 by Alyx Wilson

Historic building could be renamed after freed slave Rev. Jacob Fontaine

At their most recent meeting, Planning commissioners were briefed on a proposed name change of a historic building at 2402 San Gabriel St. near the University of Texas. The building was most recently known as home to Freedmen’s barbecue restaurant,…

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 by Alyx Wilson

Planning Commission approves the removal of a heritage tree downtown

The Planning Commission approved a rare heritage tree variance at a recent meeting.The commission only sees cases like this one, where people are looking to remove protected trees that exceed 30 inches in diameter, once a year or less. This…

Friday, September 14, 2018 by Alyx Wilson

Ballpark Apartments protesters disrupt Planning Commission meeting

This week’s Planning Commission meeting came to an unexpected and abrupt pause on Tuesday. Around a dozen protestors from Defend Our Hoodz, or Defiende el Barrio, chose to stand and chant in the middle of the agenda reading rather than…

Monday, August 20, 2018 by Jack Craver

Do ‘flag lots’ threaten neighborhood character?

No neighbors voiced opposition to the plans, but two members of the Planning Commission last Tuesday voiced concern about a developer’s attempt to subdivide three large lots in East Austin to create “flag lots” that would each include two homes.The…

Thursday, August 16, 2018 by Jack Craver

Planning Commission wonders what to do after CodeNEXT

CodeNEXT might be dead, but most members of the Planning Commission seem to agree that they can’t give up on making big changes to the Land Development Code.For over a year, discussion of CodeNEXT has been a standing item on…

Friday, July 27, 2018 by Jack Craver

Planning Commission hears about 30-mile loop of urban trails

City transportation officials have a grand vision to dramatically expand the Shoal Creek Trail and eventually connect it to a 30-mile loop of trails around the northern half of the city.But it’s anybody’s guess when that vision will be realized,…

Monday, July 23, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Nuckols takes parting shot

Assistant County Attorney Tom Nuckols has stepped down from the Planning Commission, but in a statement provided to the Austin Monitor, he made it clear that he was not leaving the commission because Attorney General Ken Paxton sued him.A staunch…

Monday, July 23, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Communication

They don’t want to talk to you… Staff from the Development Services Department repeatedly told members of the Zoning and Platting Commission at their Tuesday meeting that they were legally obligated to approve a site plan for the controversial Champion…

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 by Jack Craver

Do historic districts help or hurt affordability?

There is a wide range of views about how historic preservation rules relate to Austin’s housing affordability problems.Some argue that actions taken to prevent the demolition of old homes advance affordability because, in general, older homes are cheaper than new…

Friday, July 13, 2018 by Jack Craver

North Austin apartment complex could include 125 affordable units

In many ways, the zoning case before the Planning Commission this Tuesday involving a proposed 258-unit apartment building was pretty typical. A developer wanted to build more units, and nearby neighbors were unhappy about it.What was unusual about the proposed…

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 by Syeda Hasan

Here’s why Ken Paxton wants to kick members off Austin’s Planning Commission

A city statute that governs the makeup of Austin’s Planning Commission is at the center of a legal challenge from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office.Paxton is taking legal action to remove eight members of the 13-member commission, citing a…

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