Tag Archives: Planning and Zoning Department

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Audit critical of city, neighborhood contact teams

The city’s neighborhood planning processes “are inequitable, lack transparency, and may constitute a risk to fair housing choice,” according to an audit conducted by the Office of the City Auditor. Auditors presented their findings to the City Council Audit and…

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 by Jo Clifton

CodeNEXT leader: City adding costs to code rewrite

The chair of the citizens group advising the city of Austin on the rewrite of the city’s land-use regulations has voiced concerns that the contract for the project, known as CodeNEXT, is being used as a “mothership on which to…

Friday, June 3, 2016 by Vicky Garza

Grove PUD plan punted back to developers

After getting the thumbs-down from the Parks and Recreation Department last week, the Grove at Shoal Creek Planned Unit Development has been put in a two-week timeout by the Environmental Commission to give the developer time to address some outstanding…

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Kitchen steps into planning personnel issues

Last fall, City Council Member Ann Kitchen asked Planning and Zoning Department Director Greg Guernsey to remove the staff member who had been overseeing the formation of one of the South Austin Combined Neighborhood Plan’s contact teams because she did…

Friday, May 13, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

Council taps into zoning relief for South Austin beer store

A South Austin boutique beer shop looking to sell growlers to go got a boost from City Council on Thursday, but it’s not out of the woods yet.Council approved on first reading a measure to change WhichCraft Beer Store’s zoning…

Thursday, May 12, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

East Austin zoning mess fix moves forward, for now

A fix for a mistake made two years ago is headed to City Council, and nine east side properties once owned by the city hang in the balance, as does a deal struck for affordable housing as a condition of…

Monday, May 2, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Density bonus program raises doubts in commission

A change to the Land Development Code that would include multifamily zoning in the city’s density bonus programs hit a stumbling block at last week’s Planning Commission meeting. Commissioners voted overwhelmingly to pass the proposal on to City Council without…

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

ZAP calls for CodeNEXT process change

With a Land Development Code rewrite well underway and a draft version expected early next year, the city’s land-use commissions are weighing in on how they would like more input. If the Zoning and Platting Commission has its way, there…

Thursday, March 24, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

City looks to change neighborhood plan process

The Planning Commission has unanimously endorsed a new approach to the development of neighborhood plans that could shrink the process to six months, down from two to three years.Mark Walters, who is with the city’s Planning and Zoning Department, explained…

Thursday, January 21, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

South Lamar zoning error may have fix on the way

A costly mistake by the city may soon be fixed for one South Lamar business owner, but if the most recent Planning Commission meeting is any indication, the rezoning might not go down without a fight.Planning and Zoning Department senior…

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Contact-team changes sail toward Council

This past fall, City Council asked for some uniformity and oversight for the city’s neighborhood-planning contact teams. And now, after hearing from stakeholders, those proposed changes are refined and on the way to becoming a reality.The Planning and Zoning Department…

Monday, November 16, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Reporter’s Notebook: Games and old friends

Convention center “Ping-Pong”… City Council voted to delay adoption of a proposed master plan for the Austin Convention Center on Thursday, but not before having a discussion on the merits of the potential expansion with some interesting similes. “It’s kind…

Friday, November 6, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Mt. Zion rezoning finally moves on to Council

It may have taken the most circuitous route imaginable to get there, but the the Greater Mt. Zion Baptist Church rezoning case is moving on to City Council after bouncing around the Planning Commission since June.This time, the church had…

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Murky CodeNEXT process raises eyebrows at Planning Commission

This month, the city will hold events designed to test aspects of the ongoing CodeNEXT Land Development Code rewrite, and last week some Planning commissioners were concerned that they were unprepared for the exercise.The events, called “Sound Check,” will take…

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

PUD proposal could impact Grove application

Since it was announced in April, the proposed Grove at Shoal Creek Planned Unit Development has provoked a critical response from neighbors. Now, City Council is mulling over a policy change that could make it more difficult for that project’s…

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…

Thursday, July 30, 2015 by Jack Craver

Commission reverses Mt. Zion church decision

Confronted with new information about zoning regulations related to the Greater Mt. Zion Baptist Church at 1801 Pennsylvania Ave., the Planning Commission voted Tuesday night to reverse a decision it had made in June aimed at helping the church sell…

Thursday, July 9, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Austin Oaks PUD saga continues

It has been almost a year since developer Twelve Lakes LLC requested a zoning change for the proposed Austin Oaks Planned Unit Development, and it will likely be more than two months before the city is able to come to…

Friday, June 26, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

East Austin church relocation shakes up neighbors

East Austin’s Greater Mt. Zion Baptist Church is moving, and neighbors are concerned about who might be moving in. Church supporters and people concerned about what new development could mean for their neighborhood packed City Hall on Tuesday night.The existing zoning…

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…

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