Tag Archives: Planning and Development Review

Thursday, March 19, 2020 by Jo Clifton

Planning, Development Services still operating

Despite the unprecedented challenge presented by the COVID-19 outbreak, the city is attempting to conduct its land use and development services business to keep those processes moving forward.Jerry Rusthoven, leader of the Planning and Zoning Department, told the Austin Monitor…

Friday, September 6, 2019 by Jo Clifton

New rules put pressure on land use commissions

Operating under new rules as a result of the so-called “shot clock bill,” members of the Zoning and Platting Commission and the Planning Commission will be under pressure to rapidly make decisions about whether to approve or reject subdivision development…

Monday, August 26, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

City prepares for ‘shot clock’ bill with code amendments

Just in time, City Council approved changes to the Land Development Code Thursday intended to buffer the city’s subdivision development application process against House Bill 3167, known as the “shot clock” bill, effective statewide Sept. 1.Council members across the dais…

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 by Jo Clifton

‘Shot clock’ reviews hit Council’s agenda

Under a looming deadline from the state, Council is set on Thursday to pass changes to the way the city reviews and approves subdivision development applications, despite the possibility of “unfortunate and unintended consequences,” in the words of Council Member…

Friday, June 28, 2019 by Jo Clifton

‘Shot clock’ bill resets development review time

As Austin city leaders had their attention focused on the 3.5 percent tax cap that moved through the Texas Legislature, legislators were busy approving a bill that could have a serious impact on the city’s efforts to regulate development. The…

Thursday, March 28, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Seven protesters arrested, public expresses opposition at community meeting for Project Catalyst

Anticipating a situation similar to last month’s Planning Commission meeting, Assistant Planning and Zoning Director Jerry Rusthoven opened the March 27 community meeting to discuss Project Catalyst with a word of caution.“It’s important to us that this meeting be conducted in…

Thursday, April 26, 2018 by Jo Clifton

CodeNEXT: The devil is in the details

As the development process for the land use code rewrite known as CodeNEXT has progressed, a common refrain heard from critics is that it will drastically alter Austin’s existing zoning. However, at Tuesday’s work session, Planning and Zoning Department Director…

Friday, January 12, 2018 by Joseph Caterine

Commission struggles with perplexing conditional use permit

CodeNEXT may make the current Land Development Code seem outdated, but there are still buildings around the city that have yet to be registered with the city. In these cases, something as simple as changing a building’s use can carry…

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Austin aims to simplify the language around CodeNEXT

The upcoming second draft of Austin’s new Land Development Code is expected to eliminate one of its key zoning tools, known as “transect” zones, which focus on a building’s form rather than its use.In theory, transect zones would allow for…

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 by Syeda Hasan

Austin moves forward with expedited building permits

Builders in Austin have long complained about the city’s notoriously slow permitting process. Now, the city is set to launch a new program that will offer a faster option – but it comes with some costs. Building in Austin typically…

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Annexation could threaten emergency response in southeastern Travis County

A small annexation in far South Austin could have big consequences for the southeastern corner of Travis County.Last Tuesday, Chief Ken Bailey of Emergency Services District No. 11 appeared before the Travis County Commissioners Court to seek protection from the…

Tuesday, August 2, 2016 by Cate Malek

Coalition fights to add worker protections to expedited building permit process

The people who are building Austin can no longer afford to live in it, labor advocates say.Although they’re working on the big construction projects that are pushing Austin’s growth, construction workers in Austin have few protections, and many are living…

Friday, June 17, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Facing termination, CodeNEXT leader quits

The top executive presiding over the city’s rewrite of its land use regulations, Matt Lewis, submitted his resignation on Thursday after an investigation by the Human Resources Department concluded that Lewis had violated city policies regarding harassment of and retaliation…

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 by Jack Craver

ZAP delays decision on North Austin subdivision amid neighbor complaints

The Zoning and Platting Commission delayed action on a proposed multiuse development in North Austin after residents from the area showed up to register their disapproval of the anticipated increase in traffic.The commission, which was missing three of its 11…

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

City planning departments talk budgets

As the city’s budget process gears up, each department is making its way to City Council with its budget for the upcoming year. And in the wake of the Zucker Report, eyes are on what was once the Planning and…

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…

Friday, March 13, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Ott splits Planning & Development Review Dept.

Like the couple that marries and divorces but marries again only to divorce a few years later, the Planning and Development Review Department is once again being broken into a neighborhood planning department and a development review department.In a memo…

Friday, March 13, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Ott addresses Zucker Report in city memo

The city released a draft copy of the Zucker Report last week amid growing curiosity about what it contained. This week, the aftershocks began.Zucker Systems analyzed the city’s Planning and Development Review Department last year, and in its 700-plus-page report,…

Monday, March 9, 2015 by Michael Kanin

Explainer: The Zucker Report marginalia

There was a lot of unveiling in the Zucker Report. We saw that a third-party analysis of the City of Austin’s Planning and Development Review Department did, indeed, show what appears as evidence of multiple divisions in shambles, as had…

Friday, March 6, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Zucker Report released despite staff apprehension

After months of speculation, the City of Austin posted the draft Zucker Report on its website Thursday night.Last year, Zucker Systems performed an analysis of the Planning and Development Review Department, and while they did find “many exemplary features” within…

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