Tag Archives: City of Austin Zoning and Platting Commission

Friday, October 4, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Developer offers extra parkland to speed construction

Pioneer Crossing at 10930 Defender Trail is an old, undeveloped planned unit development that City Council approved in 1997. A history of foreclosures and bankruptcy has left the 1,410-acre parcel fragmented between various owners. Nevertheless, the site is still beholden…

Monday, September 16, 2019 by Katherine Corley

Despite road safety concerns, ZAP approves final plat for Oaks at Slaughter development

Despite some residents’ concerns about road safety, on Sept. 3 the Zoning and Platting Commission approved the preliminary plan and final plat for the nearly 19-acre Oaks of Slaughter mixed-use development, which will house an HEB and retail shopping next…

Monday, September 9, 2019 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: (Cont’d)

If forums were homes… South Austin residents concerned about the city’s policies regarding homelessness and plans for opening a housing center in the area are pushing for candid questions and answers at a community meeting scheduled for Tuesday night. The…

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…

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Despite reduction in size, subdivision still troubles neighbors and ZAP

After failing to get his 82-lot subdivision at 9406 Morninghill Drive approved last fall, David Knapp refiled a subdivision application for his 51-acre ranch late last year. But this time he requested the approval of a plan that would include…

Tuesday, July 23, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Water drainage fears force postponement at ZAP

Drainage engineering studies are site-specific and don’t always capture the concerns of adjacent properties. However, without addressing those concerns, a study doesn’t always tell the whole story.At the July 16 meeting of the Zoning and Platting Commission, Commissioner David King…

Thursday, July 18, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Third time not the charm for River Place case at ZAP

At the end of Milky Way Drive there’s a 42-acre greenbelt buffering the River Place neighborhood from Balcones Canyonlands Preserve. Since 2015, there has been an ongoing debate over how best to develop that tract of land.The latest hearing on…

Monday, July 8, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

ZAP case triggers discussion on affordable housing and transit in North Austin

Northwest Austin is developing quickly. Many of the large tracts of developable land in the far reaches of the city’s jurisdiction, by Farm to Market 620 and Texas State Highway 45, are outside the city limits, which makes it difficult…

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

ZAP recommends allowing cellphone tower on church property

Data use on cell phones has become so ubiquitous that Verizon Wireless is finding some of its towers overwhelmed by capacity. One area Verizon is unable to adequately serve is in North Austin at the Parmer Lane and MoPac Expressway…

Thursday, June 6, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

ZAP says unlimited RVs should be allowed in mobile home parks

City Council will attempt to alleviate some of Austin’s affordability pressures on Thursday by discussing rezoning mobile home parks that are operating as such yet are not appropriately zoned and by amending the mobile home ordinance to allow recreational vehicles in…

Friday, May 24, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Annexation causes confusion over property zoning at ZAP

Before being annexed into the city of Austin in 1984, the half-acre lot at 9606 Swansons Ranch Road operated as a commercial lot with a gunsmithing business and later a seafood business. After annexation, the parcel of land, which was…

Thursday, May 23, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

ZAP recommends rezoning AISD property for commercial use

Austin Independent School District’s Rosedale School is a special institution that serves students of all ages with severe disabilities, including children who are medically fragile or who need intensive behavioral support. Many of these special-needs children require intensive medical care,…

Thursday, May 9, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Affordability Unlocked gets ZAP approval, with concerns

With a $250 million bond geared toward affordable housing, a goal to preserve 10,000 affordable units over the next 10 years and a City Council resolution seeking ways to increase the number of affordable units, city staff members brought forward…

Monday, March 18, 2019 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Dark Skies over ZAP

Doggone open data… During last week’s SXSW-adjacent session at Capital Factory about the value of open data provided by governmental entities, the city of Austin got an unexpected plaudit that also offered a not-unexpected snapshot into the city’s priorities. Panelist…

Friday, March 15, 2019 by Alyx Wilson

Junction Athletic Complex concerns don’t find a place at ZAP meeting

The Zoning and Platting Commission’s hands were tied when it came to many of the concerns raised by neighbors at ZAP’s March 5 meeting on the proposed Junction Athletic Complex at 8921 W. U.S. Highway 290.The case was only set…

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 by Alyx Wilson

ZAP unanimously approves Keilbar Lane rezone

The Zoning and Platting Commission granted its blessing to a new condominium development at 1903 Keilbar Lane during their Jan. 29 meeting.The applicant, Michael Winningham, hopes to build up to seven condominium units which he said he believes are compatible…

Monday, February 11, 2019 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Clarifications

The devil (or the donut) is in the details… When it comes to zoning and platting, make no mistake that the commissioners who sit on ZAP pay attention to the details of each and every case. In fact, this was…

Thursday, February 7, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Zoning and Platting Commission discusses validity of previous vote

At the last meeting of the Zoning and Platting Commission on Jan. 29, even with a full dais the commission was unable to muster the supermajority vote needed to approve a request for a flag lot at 11603 Tedford St.Dissatisfied…

Thursday, February 7, 2019 by Alyx Wilson

ZAP contemplates uprooting

Last month, on Jan. 15, the Zoning and Platting Commission heard a long-awaited briefing from the University of Texas’ Uprooted study on gentrification and displacement in Austin.Dr. Jake Wegmann, one of the three authors, presented a summarized version of the…

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 by Jack Craver

North Austin neighborhood group doesn’t want more renters

A family seeking to sell roughly 30 acres of undeveloped property in North Austin won approval last month from the Zoning and Platting Commission for a zoning change that will allow the land to be developed into over 130 homes,…

Back to Top