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Tag Archives: City of Austin Zoning and Platting Commission

Thursday, June 7, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

ZAP struggles to recommend zoning campsite

Deep in the eastern reaches of Austin is a campground project that Glen Coleman, an agent for the project, says “will bring back the good old days of Austin.”On June 5, Coleman brought the project, which is located at the…

Monday, May 14, 2018 by Jack Craver

Zoning and Platting Commission recommends scrapping CodeNEXT entirely

One of the city’s two citizen land use commissions has decided that CodeNEXT, the overhaul of the city’s Land Development Code that has been in the works for five years and has cost the city $8.5 million, is a lost…

Monday, April 23, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Scoot on

Much ado about scooting… As best as we can tell, the Scooter Wars hyped up on social media have largely been playing out as a sitzkrieg. Absent thus far is the oppressive sidewalk clutter – dubbed “mobility spam” by one…

Friday, April 20, 2018 by Sommer Brugal

Commission votes to allow residential buffer between neighborhood and small business development

At its April 17 meeting, the Zoning and Platting Commission approved a rezoning on Ferguson Lane and Sansom Road, despite strong urges to reject the proposal from the residents of Walnut Place Neighborhood Association. The agreed-upon motion includes a residential…

Thursday, April 5, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Grove PUD plan postponed

The Grove at Shoal Creek Planned Unit Development was back at City Hall for a moment this week. This time, the Zoning and Platting Commission postponed approval of its preliminary plan, with some commissioners citing unanswered questions about the plan,…

Friday, March 30, 2018 by Joseph Caterine

As deadline nears, CodeNEXT capacity figures still in question

The land use commissions received a briefing on the affordability implications of the third and final draft of CodeNEXT Tuesday night, with only a few weeks left before they turn in their official recommendations to City Council. Consultants and staff…

Monday, March 26, 2018 by Joseph Caterine

Commission strikes compromise in contentious mixed use zoning request

In line with the emphasis on mixed use zoning proposed in the CodeNEXT draft, the Zoning and Platting Commission voted to approve staff’s recommendation of mixed use Limited Office zoning for a lot on Slaughter Lane during its Mar. 20…

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 by Joseph Caterine

Land use commissions skeptical about CodeNEXT 3.0 promises

The third draft of CodeNEXT made its long-awaited debut last Monday, presented to the public at an open house that evening in the flattering light of the golden hour – but by the next night, at the joint land use…

Monday, February 12, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Reporter’s Notebook: We’ve made haranguements

Save Our Strings… Could the city be moving toward declaring musicians as an endangered species? Not yet, but at last week’s meeting of the Austin Music Commission there was a good deal of talk about declaring the city’s music culture…

Thursday, February 8, 2018 by Syeda Hasan

Days away from new draft, city commissions give their last word on CodeNEXT (for now)

Less than a week out from the release of the latest version of CodeNEXT, city commissions are weighing in on what they’d like to see in this latest draft of Austin’s Land Development Code.The Zoning and Platting Commission laid out…

Monday, February 5, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Which side?

More news from the Amazon (bid)… Austin has landed on the bad side of an LGBT rights group’s effort to influence online retail giant Amazon’s decision on where to build its next headquarters. The “No Gay? No Way!” campaign issued a…

Thursday, February 1, 2018 by Joseph Caterine

City demographer smashes assumptions about growth at CodeNEXT meeting

For the past year, the land use commissions have been reviewing the drafts of CodeNEXT, and the discussions have primarily revolved around how to accommodate the incredible population growth the city has experienced for the past few decades. About two…

Monday, January 22, 2018 by Joseph Caterine

CodeNEXT wrong on PUDs, says commission

Waiting for the release of the third and final draft of CodeNEXT has not stopped the Zoning and Platting Commission from continuing to criticize the second draft, even after the commission submitted its formal recommendation last October. One of the…

Thursday, January 18, 2018 by Joseph Caterine

Flag lot variance request revived after failed approval

Having already been postponed once before, a plat application for a new subdivision in West Austin was postponed again by the Zoning and Platting Commission at its Jan. 2 meeting after a motion to approve failed to pass.Two of the…

Friday, December 22, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Commission tries in vain to add affordability requirements to commercial rezone

The legal constraints of Vertical Mixed Use zoning stalled efforts to add income-restricted affordable housing to a rezoning request at the Zoning and Platting Commission’s Dec. 19 meeting.The 2-acre property at 9829 1/2 North Lake Creek Parkway is currently zoned…

Friday, December 1, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Commission demands more precision in CodeNEXT land uses

It’s easy to get lost in the new CodeNEXT zoning categories and their form-based considerations without keeping in mind their underlying purpose: setting the standards for how properties in Austin can be used. At the Nov. 28 joint meeting of…

Thursday, November 9, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Five years later, Imagine Austin gets progress report but no update

Despite a long road ahead, the progress report on Imagine Austin presented at the Nov. 7 joint land use commission meeting indicated that the city was on track in its implementation of the comprehensive plan. Still, some commissioners expressed frustration…

Friday, November 3, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Land use commissions diverge ahead of CodeNEXT third draft

Differences of opinion between the Planning Commission and Zoning and Platting Commission are becoming more distinct. The Zoning and Platting Commission managed to submit an official recommendation on Monday, whereas the Planning Commission passed a less formal resolution on Wednesday,…

Friday, October 27, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Commission experiences déjà vu when previous case returns

Rezoning a property is an arduous and lengthy exercise on its own, but for some, it is not enough to remove cumbersome restrictions. Last week, the Zoning and Platting Commission voted to approve the staff recommendation to terminate a public…

Thursday, October 19, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Commission vents about CodeNEXT’s momentum

Somewhere, hiding mysteriously in the drafting timeline of the new land use code, there is a point of no return. The Zoning and Platting Commission, a body that has repeatedly called for the CodeNEXT review process to be slowed down,…

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