Tag Archives: City of Austin Planning Commission

Thursday, December 12, 2013 by Elizabeth Pagano

Lack of permit allowing alcohol may doom Little Woodrow’s

After the Planning Commission failed to grant its bid for a conditional use permit that would have allowed the establishment to serve alcoholic beverages, the Burnet Road Little Woodrow’s may never come to pass.   The bar has faced staunch…

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 by Elizabeth Pagano

Board of Adjustment seeks guidance on new Lake Austin rules

New Lake Austin rules hit members of the Board of Adjustment at their November meeting, causing general befuddlement. After expressing confusion about why they were hearing the case, the board decided on a postponement until Jan. 13 for the variance…

Friday, November 22, 2013 by Michael Kanin

Council starts process aimed at putting limits on ‘stealth dorms’

Austin City Council members Thursday unanimously approved a measure that kicks off changes to the occupancy limits for Austin residences. When completed, the move could drop the allowed number of unrelated adults living in one place from the current limitation…

Friday, November 22, 2013 by Elizabeth Pagano

After long debate, Council OKs changes to Urban Farm Ordinance

After hours of discussion, the City Council approved changes to the Urban Farm Ordinance Thursday night, giving East Austin neighborhoods a victory in the battle to stop or prevent slaughtering of fowl and rabbits in single-family neighborhoods—the most important of…

Thursday, November 21, 2013 by Michael Kanin

Urban Farm stakeholders try to cut deal on chicken slaughtering

With Council members set to vote on an ordinance that would memorialize city policy in regard to urban farms, at least two stakeholders were pitching a compromise over the hotly contested issue Wednesday afternoon. It remained unclear, however, whether their…

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…

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 by Elizabeth Pagano

Burnet Road bar seeks compromise with Allandale neighborhood

The fight over Little Woodrow’s on Burnet Road isn’t over yet.   Though the proposed Little Woodrow’s Bar at 5425 Burnet Road managed to earn a zoning change in March, the owners still need a Conditional Use Permit to operate.…

Monday, November 18, 2013 by Elizabeth Pagano

Longtime Ridgetop business gains zoning support to add offices

Tomlinson’s Feed and Pet store near Airport Boulevard won support from the Planning Commission for construction of a new office space last week after finding a work-around to a slow-moving regulating plan.   Ron Thrower of Thrower Design said that…

Thursday, November 14, 2013 by Elizabeth Pagano

Planning Commission backs zoning change for Hancock area hotel

Plans for a boutique hotel at the 1928 Commodore Perry Estate sailed through the Planning Commission Tuesday night, despite opposition from the Hancock Neighborhood Association.   Commissioners unanimously approved the zoning request in an 8-0, vote, with Commissioner Dannette Chimenti…

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 by Elizabeth Pagano

Planning Commission OKs daycare with restrictions, reservations

The Planning Commission threw its unanimous support behind a proposed Central Austin daycare last week despite some reservations about the viability of the business plan.   The commission voted in favor of a change at 4505 IH-35 from SF-3 to…

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 by Elizabeth Pagano

Downtown tree canopy only 14 percent according to city survey

The long-awaited results of a downtown tree survey prompted by the city’s Heritage Tree Ordinance are in.   Last week, Environmental Board members got their first view of the completed survey, which will be used to help the city’s boards…

Thursday, October 17, 2013 by Elizabeth Pagano

City Council to take up battle over Urban Farms Ordinance

A fight over revisions to the city’s Urban Farm Ordinance has made its way to City Council, but with a postponement looming, that fight may not be over quite yet.   Opponents to ordinance changes are calling for a postponement,…

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 by Elizabeth Pagano

Planning Commission delays vote on Cascades MUD to November

The Planning Commission isn’t weighing in just yet on a proposed municipal utility district in the Onion Creek area, despite pressure from some city departments to move the project along.   The Cascades MUD is much closer to Austin’s city…

Thursday, October 10, 2013 by Elizabeth Pagano

Controversial vested rights ordinance wins commission approval

After a slight delay, the city’s new Vested Rights Ordinance, formerly known as the Project Duration Ordinance, is headed to City Council with the unanimous blessing from the Planning Commission. However, it remains controversial.   Council members have already discussed…

Friday, September 27, 2013 by Elizabeth Pagano

Council members approve changes to Short-Term Rental Ordinance

City Council approved tweaked regulations to the Short-Term Rental Ordinance that they hope will help smooth out the process, with debate over the issue Thursday turning out to be less contentious that many had expected.   They voted 6-1 to…

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