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Tag Archives: Imagine Austin

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…

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, April 14, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

In lieu of Imagine Austin update, Planning Commission recommends mixed-use project

The city’s comprehensive plan is starting to show its age. On Tuesday, the Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve a mixed-use zoning request, against staff’s recommendation, for three commercially zoned properties on the border of one of the Imagine Austin…

Monday, April 3, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Austin plan sets goals for more affordable housing. But where should it go?

City Council is set to vote this week on whether to adopt the city’s first-ever housing plan. The plan aims to address Austin’s growing affordability crisis by setting goals for new housing production. But apart from encouraging more affordable housing,…

Friday, December 9, 2016 by Chad Swiatecki

CodeNEXT could allow new music districts and creative spaces around Austin

Affordability – for both the city’s mostly lower-income artists and the venues and galleries where they work – will be the creative community’s biggest concern as Austin rolls out and gradually revises its CodeNEXT plan, a comprehensive rewrite of the…

Monday, October 10, 2016 by Cate Malek

New section of Guadalupe named activity corridor, despite neighborhood concerns

City Council designated a new section of Guadalupe Street as an activity corridor despite some neighborhood concerns, making its higher concentration of businesses, people and services official.The change came as part of a package of amendments to the Imagine Austin…

Monday, October 3, 2016 by Syeda Hasan

As city overhauls development code, Central Austin neighborhood works on its first plan

The city of Austin is working with people who live in the North Shoal Creek area to develop their first-ever neighborhood plan. The effort could help determine the future of that part of Austin and the rest of the city.Zora…

Friday, August 26, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Guadalupe amendment moves to Council without endorsement

Sometimes it’s easier to say what something isn’t than to say what it is. For example, not many people know what an “activity corridor” is under the Imagine Austin plan. But, for the time being, a section of Guadalupe is…

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

“Pork chop” battle continues between districts

At the intersection of Morrow Street and Lamar Boulevard, a concrete barrier prevents District 4 residents to the east from heading due west into District 7. But the divisions between those who want to see the barrier removed and those…

Monday, October 26, 2015 by Jack Craver

How much can a city zone?

You don’t need a badge and a gun to have police powers. Just ask the members of the Zoning and Platting Commission, who on Tuesday listened as Assistant City Attorney David Sorola gave a presentation outlining the extent of the…

Monday, August 3, 2015 by Michael Kanin

Austin Monitor Radio: Imagine Austin BBB

This is the complete audio from the Monitor’s July 27, 2015 BBB, a discussion about Imagine Austin, CodeNEXT, and the economic implications of it all. Panelists are Steven Yarak, Jeff Jack, Jim Robertson, and Jim Duncan. The audio is embedded…

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Panelists discuss growth policies at BBB forum

The cranes crowding Austin’s skyline reveal that the city is growing quickly. But is it growing in a sustainable way? And what policies and strategies can city leaders adopt to ensure that it does?These are some of the questions that…

Friday, February 6, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Council discusses future of Imagine Austin

Since its launch, Imagine Austin has inspired debates about affordability, growth, neighborhood autonomy and more. City Council continued this tradition Thursday in a special meeting with city staff and housing stakeholders about the comprehensive plan.The discussion touched on several major…

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 by Tyler Whitson

Consultant outlines affordable housing study data

Affordable housing advocates and residents gathered at City Hall on Monday to weigh in on the findings and recommendations of a July report that outlines Austin’s affordable housing needs and fair choice impediments.According to the 2014 Comprehensive Housing Market Study,…

Thursday, November 20, 2014 by Kara Nuzback

Accessory dwelling unit change stalls in committee

The City of Austin wants to make it easier for residents to establish accessory dwelling units — or ADUs — such as garage apartments on their property in order to create more housing in the city center. At Tuesday’s meeting of…

Monday, October 27, 2014 by Tyler Whitson

Council delays vote to choose CodeNEXT process

After listening to opinions from staff, consultants and members of the public about how to move forward with the CodeNEXT process, City Council voted at a public hearing Thursday to keep all options on the table until it reopens the hearing and…

Thursday, August 7, 2014 by Tyler Whitson

Council resolution would move city closer to allowing very small units

The City of Austin may soon designate a clear path within its Land Development Code for residents to legally construct and dwell in very small houses pending approval of a resolution to be voted on at today’s regular Austin City Council meeting.According…

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Residents say redevelopment project doesn’t have enough parking

Rapid redevelopment projects are starting to stack up in parts of East Austin, where even pro-growth residents are beginning to ask for a little breathing room. What they got was a little more time from the Planning Commission.   At…

Monday, April 21, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

ZAP rejects variance and zoning request for Del Valle development

Acknowledging staff concerns that a plan for a Del Valle development conflicted with one of the basic principles of Imagine Austin, the Zoning and Platting Commission rejected a variance and subdivision request Tuesday night.   But Cuatro Consultants Engineer Hugo…

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 by Elizabeth Pagano

ZAP approves multifamily zoning despite Rob Roy opposition

A gamble on a reduced Zoning and Platting Commission paid off for developers of a controversial West Austin project. The property is currently undeveloped and located at 800 North Capital of Texas Highway, also known as Loop 360. The land…

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