Tag Archives: Lake Austin

Monday, October 28, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Lake setbacks threaten construction of family home in West Lake

Paris Schindler, owner of the lot at 1901 Westlake Drive, came to the Board of Adjustment seeking a variance to construct a 6,354-square-foot family home.While normally a 2.26-acre property would easily accommodate such a structure, 44,000 square feet of the…

Friday, June 21, 2019 by Jo Clifton

Council votes to tax Lake Austin homes

After hearing from a handful of residents who have never paid city property taxes on their Lake Austin homes, Council voted unanimously on Thursday to repeal an ordinance that exempted about 400 such properties from city taxes.Council also approved a…

Monday, May 20, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Despite zebra mussels, Austin’s waterways seeing a recovery trend

The news is full of horror stories about zebra mussels invading intake pipes and sediment causing city water to be of questionable quality. Yet statistics show that, overall, the waterways of Austin are regaining their health.According to Mateo Scoggins of the…

Friday, March 22, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

BoA grants boat dock variance, swayed by trees

After being denied a variance to reconstruct an existing dock to 44 feet instead of the code-compliant 30 feet, the case of 1515 Manana St. returned before the Board of Adjustment at its March 11 meeting.Based on a “substantial” amount…

Friday, February 8, 2019 by Andy Jechow

Odd smell in Austin’s tap water likely caused by zebra mussels, city says

If you think your tap water smells strange today, you’re not alone.South and Central Austin residents began noticing the unusual smell Thursday morning. Austin Water initially said work on a waterline was to blame, but in an afternoon update, the…

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Board of Adjustment rules: A private boat dock may not block public waters

Houses along Lake Austin are coveted pieces of property whose main focal point is the water. Some homes are even lucky enough to have inlet coves creep into their properties for their near-private use.However, when a home has a boat…

Friday, December 14, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Red-tape mishap causes frustrations at the BoA

For six years, a dock has been jutting out into Lake Austin without technically having the proper permitting to do so in its current form.Since October, Kathleen Huff of 3117 Westlake Drive has been appearing monthly before the Board of…

Friday, October 19, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Camelback PUD unanimously passes first reading at Council

In an uncharacteristically quick manner, City Council unanimously passed the first reading of the Camelback Planned Unit Development at Thursday’s meeting.The PUD, which has been the subject of great neighborly debate for the last several months, is a 145-acre property…

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

At the Environmental Commission, man-made islands get man-made variances

There are few undeveloped lots along Lake Austin. However, those that are find themselves uniquely positioned as a clean slate that is ideal for a new, modern home – except when the lot is the wrong shape.Just underneath Mt. Bonnell…

Friday, August 3, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Environmental Commission votes against tram, arguing for safety

Everyone knows the saying, “If everyone jumped off a cliff, would you do it too?” Well, spoiler alert, the answer should be no.Although that was not exactly the question that the Environmental Commission asked at its Aug. 1 meeting, it…

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Board of Adjustment determines the price of a view is a variance

Given fierce opposition from a neighbor and unclear stories from an architect, a homeowner and an agent about how a home along the shores of Lake Austin was designed, 6705 Pixie Cove was once again shuffled back into the deck…

Friday, March 9, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Party boat owner wins injunction against city

Watertight Endeavors Inc., the owner of three party boats used for weddings, family reunions, high school graduations and similar occasions, has won its first court battle against the city to keep using the Walsh Landing public dock for loading and…

Friday, January 19, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Environmental Commission weighs options, recommends boat dock variance

It is always difficult to plan a project. However, conventional wisdom suggests that when three construction options exist, you pick the path of least resistance and do not select the choice that requires you to seek a variance from City…

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 by Jessi Devenyns

Environmental Commission OKs Holdsworth Center PUD

At its Oct. 4 meeting, the Environmental Commission weighed the benefits of allowing the Holdsworth Center planned unit development to go forward in lieu of adhering to the current zoning for single-family residents on a 44-acre swath of undeveloped agricultural land along…

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

BoA backs staff on Lake Austin wall

At its most recent meeting, the Board of Adjustment ruled against a Lake Austin homeowner hoping to overturn a staff decision and retain their wall. Though board members expressed sympathy for a frustrating experience with the city and heard testimony…

Friday, September 9, 2016 by Mose Buchele

Plan to reduce grass carp in Lake Austin sparks new concerns for anglers

Standing next to Lake Austin, watching the wake of passing motorboats lick the shoreline, you likely wouldn’t think there was anything amiss. But just below the water’s surface, many of the creatures that call the reservoir home are struggling for…

Monday, August 24, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

ZAP recommends County Line rezoning

Last week, the city’s Zoning and Platting Commission unanimously approved a compromise that will allow County Line on the Lake to operate its patio legally, though it will prohibit outdoor amplified sound.Commissioners voted to recommend requesting a zoning change for…

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Environmental Board gives nod to Lake Austin tram

A homeowner hoping to build a tram to Lake Austin continued his quest through the city’s boards and commissions last week.Chris Pacitti, who owns the home at 70 Pascal Lane, had more luck at the Environmental Board, which recommended his…

Monday, March 23, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

BOA denies variances for Lake Austin tram

The Board of Adjustment rejected a request last week from a Lake Austin homeowner seeking to build a tram to a boat dock.Chris Pacitti was seeking variances from the Land Development Code that would have allowed him to construct the…

Thursday, March 12, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Board summarily rejects Lake Austin variances

The Board of Adjustment pulled no punches Monday night, but it did knock out a pair of questionable variance requests.Board members swiftly denied two Lake Austin impervious cover requests and brushed off a last-minute withdrawal request that could have allowed…

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