Tag Archives: City of Austin Planning Commission

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…

Thursday, March 11, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

Planning Commission picks favorite Dougherty design option

On Tuesday, the Planning Commission weighed in on preliminary design options for the relocated Dougherty Arts Center, adding an important recommendation to feedback already collected from other boards, commissions and community members. The community arts center is currently located in…

Thursday, March 4, 2021 by Jo Clifton

Council makes Planning Commission appointments this week

City Council is making clear to those concerned – including Attorney General Ken Paxton – that it will absolutely abide by a city charter provision that requires two-thirds of all planning commissioners to be lay members. Paxton has sued previous…

Tuesday, March 2, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

Planning Commission recommends making Chalmers Avenue block car-free

The Planning Commission said at its Feb. 9 meeting that the city should allow Chalmers Avenue between East Third and East Fourth streets to become a car-free zone, with pedestrian and bike paths and green space replacing the asphalt. The…

Thursday, February 18, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

Planning Commission recommends rezoning for East Austin townhome project

The Planning Commission last week backed a request to rezone a vacant East Austin tract at 4908 Lott Ave. to allow 62 townhomes – including five income-restricted units. Michael Whellan, who was representing the applicant, said that because the current…

Wednesday, February 17, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

South First multifamily project gets Planning Commission support

A 260-unit apartment proposal at 6311 S. First St. moved one step closer to construction after the Planning Commission recommended rezoning the vacant site at its Feb. 9 meeting. The new zoning allows the developer to add more units, including…

Thursday, February 11, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

Planning commissioners: We’re not building enough affordable housing

Planning commissioners expressed concern this week about the lack of progress made toward the city’s affordable housing production goals. The discussion followed a presentation of the recently released Strategic Housing Blueprint Scorecard, which shows how much affordable housing has been…

Tuesday, February 2, 2021 by Harrison Young

Planning Commission urges more housing in Montopolis

Last week the Planning Commission voted 8-4 to recommend rezoning 1013-1017 Montopolis Drive to accommodate higher-density residences, paving the way for multi-story residences like apartments and condos. Thrower Design applied to rezone the undeveloped 3.12-acre lot from single-family (SF-3) to…

Monday, February 1, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

Planning Commission recommends rezoning Delta Kappa Gamma building to make way for tower

Paving the way for a proposed 31-story residential tower on the site of the historic Delta Kappa Gamma building at 416 W. 12th St., the Planning Commission voted 11-0-1 last Tuesday to recommend the requested Downtown Mixed-Use (DMU) zoning. The…

Thursday, January 14, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

Planning Commission grants variance for ‘innovative’ office proposal

The Planning Commission on Tuesday approved an environmental variance for an office project at 1514 W. Koenig Lane, but not before working through the details of city environmental requirements that make developing the site tricky. Applicant Joel Levine plans to…

Monday, December 14, 2020 by Daniel Salazar

Council approves church land use, zoning requests

City Council has granted initial approval to a series of land use and zoning changes for the David Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in the Chestnut neighborhood of East Austin. The church, located at 2211 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.,…

Monday, December 7, 2020 by Daniel Salazar

Planning Commission recommends rezoning part of Baker School property historic, in break with landmark commission

At its Nov. 24 meeting, the Planning Commission voted to zone part of the Baker School property historic, embracing a staff-supported recommendation to omit historic zoning for the surrounding parking lots. The vote represented a break with the position of…

Monday, November 16, 2020 by Daniel Salazar

Planning Commission approves zoning, land use changes for Govalle project

The Planning Commission has approved zoning and future land use map changes for a mixed-use project in the Govalle area of East Austin. A developer wanted to change the future land use map from commercial and single-family to mixed-use for…

Friday, November 6, 2020 by Daniel Salazar

Planning Commission approves vertical mixed use on South Congress

Last week the Planning Commission approved a rezoning for a new multifamily project at 4329 S. Congress Ave. between State Highway 71 and St. Elmo Road. Through the vote, commissioners recommended adding a Vertical Mixed-Use Building combining district to the site’s…

Thursday, November 5, 2020 by Daniel Salazar

Planning Commission postpones ‘Statesman’ tract cases

In its Oct. 27 meeting, the Planning Commission indefinitely postponed consideration of neighborhood plan amendment and rezoning cases related to transforming the Austin American-Statesman site at 305 S. Congress Ave. A development team wants to redevelop the newspaper’s downtown property…

Thursday, October 29, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Domain substation may compromise Red Line Trail

Austin Energy needs a new substation to serve the population growth around the Domain and the utility already owns a site in an ideal location for that purpose. However, the Public Works Department’s Urban Trails team has been eyeing that…

Monday, October 19, 2020 by Daniel Salazar

Planning Commission approves Crestview townhouse project

The Planning Commission on Tuesday evening approved future land use and zoning changes for a townhouse project in the Crestview neighborhood of North Austin. Commissioners approved rezoning about three-quarters of an acre at 902 and 904 Morrow St. from Family…

Friday, September 25, 2020 by Daniel Salazar

Planning Commission approves South Austin condo rezoning

The Planning Commission unanimously approved a rezoning request that paves the way for more condominiums in South Austin at its Tuesday night meeting. Staff recommended the rezoning of a 1.45-acre tract at 219 Lessin Lane, near Ben White Boulevard and…

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