Tag Archives: City of Austin Planning Commission

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Despite ‘fuzzy’ answers, Planning Commission approves 4700 E. Riverside project

After three hours of discussion and deliberation against the backdrop of incessant shouting and profanities from members of Defend Our Hoodz, the Planning Commission voted 7-4 to forgo staff’s recommendation and approve the rezoning of the five tracts composing 4700…

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Rezoning mobile home parks not straightforward, according to Planning Commission

Last August, City Council acknowledged that mobile home parks are a crucial housing option that can help combat Austin’s affordability crisis. Council gave city staff direction to identify mobile home parks that have improper zoning and work toward appropriately rezoning…

Monday, May 20, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Planning Commission decides how much office is too much office in a neighborhood

In Central Austin especially, neighborhoods evolve and zonings change. However, change is not always simple.The two owners of the properties at 1804, 1806 and 1808 W. Sixth St. came before the Planning Commission at its May 14 meeting to request…

Friday, May 17, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Planning Commission fails to recommend zoning change, citing proximity to hazardous materials

Abutting the Cypress Semiconductor manufacturing plant is an undeveloped 1.63-acre tract of land that is currently zoned commercial. This transition property connects the industrial tract to the east with residential developments closer to town.On May 14, Ferris Clements, an associate…

Monday, May 6, 2019 by Elizabeth Pagano

Planning commissioners strike heritage tree compromise

When it comes to preserving heritage trees, when should development take precedence? That was the question planning commissioners sought to answer at their most recent meeting, where developers of a property at 2111 Rio Grande St. were seeking variances to…

Monday, April 15, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Despite neighborhood objections Planning Commission approves increasing density for East Austin project

On the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Tillery Street, single-family homes meet higher-density residential developments. Although this tenuous balance between property usage has been negotiated for decades, there remains a line between the two districts.Finding that fine…

Friday, April 12, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Family dispute over historic zoning comes to Planning Commission for mediation

Five years ago, the property at 1119 East 11th St. was zoned historic in an effort to preserve both the legacy of the Thomas family and their involvement in the East Austin music scene, and an emblematic example of 20th-century…

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 by Jack Craver

Planning commissioners push for more transit-oriented mobility plan

City Council is scheduled to take up the Austin Strategic Mobility Plan at its next meeting on March 28. In recent weeks, various city commissions have offered comments on the plan, which aims to shape city transportation policy over the…

Thursday, March 7, 2019 by Jack Craver

Planning Commission rebukes city staff in Blackland rezoning

The Planning Commission voted to endorse five townhouses just south of Manor Road despite a recommendation from city staff against the development.The property at 2107 Alamo St. is currently occupied by an aging duplex. The owner, Anmol Mehra, wants to…

Thursday, February 28, 2019 by Jack Craver

Protesters show up late to protest postponed Riverside project

Although there was additional security at Tuesday’s Planning Commission meeting, the commission discussed the case without incident, voting to indefinitely postpone action in order to allow city staff to continue evaluating Project Catalyst, a major mixed-use development proposed near East Riverside…

Monday, February 25, 2019 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Chinese Democracy

The press release is made of cheese… How best to follow up a City Council meeting that saw unanimous action to ease the development of affordable housing? If you’ve got the big office on the second floor at City Hall,…

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…

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