Tag Archives: Planning and Zoning Department

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…

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…

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 by Jo Clifton

One city employee dead, another in critical condition

One city employee has died and another is in critical condition at Brackenridge Hospital as a result of a collision that occurred in south Austin before noon on Monday.A late-evening memo from City Manager Marc Ott says that Robert Egan,…

Friday, May 8, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Council gives initial approval for Ace Salvage deal

City Council gave first-reading approval Thursday to an ordinance that will eliminate an auto salvage business above Bull Creek, remove contamination in the critical water quality zone and add to the trail system for that area.In return, owner Roy Cavanaugh…

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

City puts a price tag on planning backlog fix

Austin is looking at solutions to fix its plan review backlog, but the fix is going to cost the city.Since the publication of the Zucker Report draft, the Development Services Department has worked to create strategies to eliminate the backlog.…

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