Tag Archives: Development Services Department

Friday, September 8, 2017 by Jack Craver

Council members concerned about fees for ADUs

Council Member Delia Garza is worried that proposed increases in building fees are going to hit middle-income homeowners who are seeking to build accessory dwelling units the hardest.At a Thursday City Council meeting over the proposed budget for the upcoming…

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Audit shows big problems with demo permitting

The Office of the City Auditor has found that the city’s demolition permitting process is not designed efficiently and contains gaps that allow unsafe practices during demolition.According to an audit approved by the City Council Audit and Finance Committee Tuesday,…

Monday, August 21, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Lessons learned

A parking pittance… Members of City Council listening to a lengthy presentation on the Development Services Department budget Wednesday didn’t suggest any major changes to the way the department is running or spending its money. But a number of Council…

Friday, March 3, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Council OKs rules for expedited permitting

Working with advocates for developers and construction workers, City Council Member Greg Casar carefully negotiated the details of an ordinance requiring developers of large commercial projects to pay a living wage and follow other rules set forth in the Better…

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Poll shows progress at Development Services

When Rodney Gonzales took over the Development Services Department in April 2015, the Zucker Report had reported customer survey results showing that 82 percent of respondents felt that the city’s development review and plan check processes were unnecessarily cumbersome or…

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Plan for new city facility faces questions

City Council members Ann Kitchen and Alison Alter along with Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo expressed skepticism at Tuesday’s work session about a staff plan to move the Development Services Department, the Planning and Zoning Department and some staff from…

Monday, December 5, 2016 by Joseph Caterine

Slow response to flood report frustrates some commissioners

The city does not have many options for supporting individuals who suffer loss or damages from flooding caused by a development upstream, based on an exchange at the Nov. 29 joint meeting of the Planning and the Zoning and Platting…

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Historic zoning debate reaches new heights at BoA

Are brand-new houses just as eligible for historic zoning as older homes? The answer may not surprise you: No, they are not.The fact that this question was the subject of a half-hour discussion at the Board of Adjustment, however, is…

Monday, November 28, 2016 by Joseph Caterine

BoA postpones interpretation case, disappoints developer

During a special called meeting on Nov. 21, the Board of Adjustment voted to postpone an interpretation case to its next meeting on Dec. 12. Leah Bojo, a senior manager at Drenner Group representing PSW Real Estate, cried “No!” from…

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…

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