Tag Archives: City of Austin Planning Commission

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Planning Commission endorses West Campus density

When the University Neighborhood Overlay (UNO) was established in 2004, the idea spurring its creation was to increase housing opportunities for students in an area close to classrooms and campus life.In the 15 years since, the need for affordable student…

Monday, September 9, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Planning Commission recommends Taco PUD redesign

After a lengthy discussion surrounding the redesign of the South Lamar planned unit development – known as the Taco PUD for its location on the site of the former Taco Cabana at 211 South Lamar Blvd. – the Planning Commission…

Friday, September 6, 2019 by Jo Clifton

New rules put pressure on land use commissions

Operating under new rules as a result of the so-called “shot clock bill,” members of the Zoning and Platting Commission and the Planning Commission will be under pressure to rapidly make decisions about whether to approve or reject subdivision development…

Monday, August 26, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Planning Commission debates transportation corridors and density

Does an extra 0.05 miles from a transportation corridor make a difference when it comes to deciding the appropriate level of density for a property?The Planning Commission found itself pondering this question at its Aug. 13 meeting while deliberating on…

Friday, August 16, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Planning Commission unmoved to recommend preservation for East Austin grocery store

After a unanimous recommendation from the Historic Landmark Commission to preserve the 1922-era corner grocery at 220 Comal St., the momentum behind preserving the East Austin structure slowed at the Planning Commission.“I’m getting the sense that the owner can preserve…

Thursday, August 15, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Planning commissioners say South Lamar development will make Austin a ‘real city’

To bring more commercial and multifamily space to the South Lamar Corridor, Endeavor Real Estate Group, the owner of a 1.8-acre lot on the corner of South Lamar Boulevard and Bluebonnet Lane, requested a zoning change at the Aug. 13…

Thursday, August 1, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Commission proposes code change to get housing in opportunity zones

Federal opportunity zones were designed to spur growth in economically disadvantaged areas, but the Planning Commission says the incentives are driving commercial development to the detriment of the city’s housing supply.Economic Development Department staff will give an overview and update…

Monday, July 29, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Planning Commission rejects city’s gradualism in modest rezoning case

The Planning Commission clashed with city staff Tuesday by voting in favor of a request to rezone two lots at 6501 and 6503 Cannonleague Drive from Family Residence (SF-3) to Urban Family Residence (SF-5).According to staff, the requested designation could…

Friday, July 26, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Commission pushes for increased height, reduced compatibility ahead of code rewrite

The Planning Commission voted Tuesday to initiate a code amendment that would increase the building height limit from 60 to 85 feet at properties located within a transit-oriented development or zoned as vertical mixed-use. For good measure, the amendment would…

Thursday, July 25, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Zoning request highlights role of commission, need for new land use code

The Planning Commission went against the official staff suggestion Tuesday evening, recommending the addition of a Vertical Mixed Use designation to the current General Commercial Services-Mixed Use Combining District-Neighborhood Plan Combining District zoning of 3706 Goodwin Ave., near the intersection…

Monday, July 15, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Planning Commission offers no recommendation on mobile home rezoning in airport overlay zone

Despite a City Council directive to identify mobile home parks with improper zoning and work toward aligning the zoning and the use on sites, in some instances city staff identified mobile home zoning as inappropriate and withdrew those sites from…

Thursday, June 20, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Planning Commission split between preserving mobile homes and encouraging density

Council is set to consider a citywide effort to standardize zoning for mobile home parks today, but a few cases still present some wrinkles.One of those cases, which came before the Planning Commission at its June 11 meeting, sparked a debate…

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Planning Commission gives no recommendation on contentious historic zoning case

After the Historic Landmark Commission voted against the owner’s wishes and staff recommendation to recommend historic zoning for the property at 1603 Willow St., the case came to the June 11 meeting of the Planning Commission.The commissioners weighed the recommendation…

Monday, June 17, 2019 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Phone home, ETJ

Racial discourse… When Defend Our Hoodz came to the June 11 meeting of the Planning Commission, City Hall was prepared. Protesters opposed to the 4700 E. Riverside project – a development they refer to as the Domain at Riverside –…

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…

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