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Tag Archives: City of Austin Zoning and Platting Commission

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,…

Friday, October 6, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

CodeNEXT 2.0 facilitates affordable housing, but where?

The Halloween deadline for CodeNEXT’s third draft recommendations is closing in for the land use commissions, and the sense of urgency that has driven the review process thus far teetered on full-blown panic at Tuesday’s joint meeting. The new land…

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Will CodeNEXT help protect against the next big flood?

When Hurricane Harvey inundated Houston last month, the city’s flood mitigation deficiencies came under fire. In Austin, the Halloween Floods of 2013 and 2015 raised similar questions about Austin’s infrastructure, so commissioners at the Sept. 19 joint land use meeting…

Monday, September 25, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Commissioners poke holes in consultant’s housing capacity predictions

Austinites would like CodeNEXT to solve a lot of the city’s problems, and the housing crisis is chief among those problems.At the Sept. 19 meeting of the joint land use commissions, John Fregonese of Fregonese Associates claimed that the second…

Monday, September 25, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Injunction granted over Champion tract site plan

Under an injunction issued Friday, the city of Austin may not move forward with issuing a site plan for a multifamily development on City Park Road at FM 2222 until there is a final judgment in the lawsuit filed by…

Thursday, September 21, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

CodeNEXT 2.0 is here, but supplemental materials are missing

At the Sept. 19 joint land use commissions meeting, the dazzling presentations detailing the new aspects of the second CodeNEXT draft could not overshadow supplemental information that was missing. Commissioners expressed frustration with city staff and consultants who they said…

Friday, September 15, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Rezoning denial may not matter after CodeNEXT

When the world (of the current Land Development Code) is coming to an end, a single property zoning decision can seem insignificant. At the Zoning and Platting Commission’s Sept. 5 meeting, commissioners denied what one Northwest Austin community perceived to…

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Rezoning applicant loses rematch with neighborhood

A property owner expected different results at last Tuesday’s Zoning and Platting Commission meeting when making the same rezoning application for a Northwest Austin property. The zoning had been previously cut down by City Council, and the commission decided to…

Friday, September 1, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Single-family occupancy limits drop back to four in CodeNEXT second draft

There is a two-sided nature of the CodeNEXT drafting process. On the one hand, staff and third-party consultants meticulously work through the details of the new land use code on a daily basis. And, on the other, the land use…

Thursday, August 31, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Harvey revives flooding concerns about CodeNEXT

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the land use commissions questioned staff on how CodeNEXT would address local flooding at their Aug. 29 joint meeting. “Austin came real close to having another catastrophe this (past) weekend. Real close,” Zoning and…

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Limits of land use code exposed in unique zoning case

An application for commercial zoning at the corner of a North Austin neighborhood elicited a tiresome recommendation from the Zoning and Platting Commission at its Aug. 15 meeting. Commissioners had to go item by item through a list of zoning…

Monday, July 31, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Flag lots could be making a comeback

There’s more to CodeNEXT than zoning, believe it or not, and last week the land use commissions received an update from staff on non-zoning changes that would be part of the rewrite’s second draft, with the hottest item of discussion…

Monday, July 3, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Commission fights for seat at CodeNEXT table

The Zoning and Platting Commission has been perceived by some as the proverbial “stick in the mud” since the CodeNEXT drafting process began earlier this year, but a resolution passed at City Council’s most recent meeting reiterates the commission’s inability…

Monday, June 12, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Consultants dodge questions on ideology behind CodeNEXT

Making a rare appearance, an elephant was spotted waltzing through the Boards and Commissions Room at City Hall during the May 30 land use joint commission meeting. Supposedly, the large creature has always been in the room during CodeNEXT work…

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Land use commissions’ collaboration on CodeNEXT shows signs of wear

Months of the land use commissions generally seeing eye-to-eye regarding the CodeNEXT draft text and mapping may be over after tensions flared between members of the Planning and Zoning and Platting commissions during their May 30 joint meeting.Just before the…

Monday, May 22, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Zoning and Platting brainstorms for CodeNEXT recommendation

The Good, the Missing and the Unacceptable: not a reboot of the Clint Eastwood classic, but the categories of CodeNEXT criticism established as the foundation of the Zoning and Platting Commission’s letter of recommendation at its May 16 meeting.Like a…

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