Tag Archives: Development Services Department

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Grove memos defend city process

A lengthy series of memos defending the city’s review of the Grove at Shoal Creek planned unit development emerged yesterday, and it could set the stage for the case returning to City Council later this month. Attorney Jeff Howard, who…

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Budget battle day two: Winners and losers

Two battles that played out at Tuesday’s budget session demonstrated that decisions City Council has made throughout the year have left it with few options for the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 budget. At one point, Council even voted to reduce the…

Friday, September 2, 2016 by Cate Malek

Council OKs worker protections with expedited permit review

City Council acted to increase protections for construction workers and speed up the building permit process for some at last night’s meeting.Council members strongly supported a proposal that would allow developers to pay an extra fee in order to pass…

Thursday, September 1, 2016 by Cate Malek

Who’s building Austin? As city grows, construction workers are getting left behind

At the end of the workday in downtown Austin, streams of construction workers start pouring out of the city. They spend their days building the condos and office buildings that will make up the new Austin, but they go home…

Thursday, September 1, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Resubdivision reignites discussion at Planning Commission

A section of the city code that periodically causes brows to furrow on the Planning Commission reappeared at the commission’s last meeting. And, although commission members were bound by law in this latest reminder, a vow to take another look…

Monday, May 9, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Charter school fight headed to City Hall

With an ordinance on the table that could mean an end for their current site plan exemptions, some Austin charter schools aren’t waiting for the fight to come to them.Austin Achieve Public Schools, Goodwill Central Texas, Harmony Public Schools, IDEA…

Tuesday, March 29, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Activists upset about Grove transportation review

Members of the Bull Creek Road Coalition are expressing alarm about what they consider an abrupt end to the transportation review process for Milestone Community Builder’s planned unit development called the Grove at Shoal Creek.Architect Chris Allen sent out a…

Monday, March 21, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Steck House case returns to BoA one last time

The development surrounding the Steck House was once again in question at the Board of Adjustment for just under an hour last week.Although the board voted to reconsider the case, in the end, board members did not change their position…

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

City mulls planning review time fix

Changes to the way the city processes development applications sailed through the Planning Commission last week, and the city hopes that the changes will effect a similar swiftness in its Development Services Department.Donna Galati, who is with the Development Services…

Thursday, February 25, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Development Services move planned

When the Zucker Report came out in 2015, it offered a scathing analysis of the city’s planning and development review functions and compared Austin’s development and permitting processes unfavorably to many other cities, including San Antonio. One of the report’s…

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

BoA ponders increased fees for neighborhoods

Board of Adjustment members are mulling over whether a recent increase in fees is fair to neighborhood associations, but they aren’t yet ready to offer any solutions.A cost-of-service study from September 2015 evaluated the fees charged by the city for…

Friday, October 16, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Builders hope city fee hikes will improve service

Homebuilders who were not paying attention during September’s city budget deliberations might have been surprised to learn that the “volume builder submittal fee” for construction of a single-family home or duplex, which has cost $29 per home since 2007, shot…

Wednesday, August 5, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

City staff fixes plan review backlog, looks ahead

When it comes to planning and development, city staff has a lot on its plate in the foreseeable future. It no longer has to worry, though, about a plan review backlog that began to pile up earlier this year.Development Services…

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Concrete pouring ordinance may need more time

City staff’s proposed restrictions on notoriously loud and bright overnight concrete pouring at downtown sites may not be ready to hit the ground yet. That’s according to a discussion City Council had at its Tuesday work session ahead of a…

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 by Jo Clifton

One city employee dead, another in critical condition

One city employee has died and another is in critical condition at Brackenridge Hospital as a result of a collision that occurred in south Austin before noon on Monday.A late-evening memo from City Manager Marc Ott says that Robert Egan,…

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

City puts a price tag on planning backlog fix

Austin is looking at solutions to fix its plan review backlog, but the fix is going to cost the city.Since the publication of the Zucker Report draft, the Development Services Department has worked to create strategies to eliminate the backlog.…

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Planning Commissioners vote to expand powers

Last night, the Planning Commission made clear its power in regard to connectivity and subdivisions. It opted to keep recently controversial code language as-is, and instead offered up a new interpretation of that code.Commissioners voted unanimously in favor of an interpretation…

Thursday, April 16, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

BoA to interpret rule on attic dormers next month

For almost a year, the Zilker Neighborhood Association has been waiting for an explanation about McMansion dormers. This week, association members took their questions to the Board of Adjustment and asked for an interpretation.After a discussion of the issue, board…

Thursday, April 9, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

City works to build trust in wake of Zucker Report

On Wednesday, Austinites had a chance to address the Zucker Report publicly for the first time.Developers, neighborhood advocates and other stakeholders offered their feedback on the report and the development process in two meetings, and heard from Zucker Systems President…

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