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Austin Oaks PUD takes a holiday

Friday, December 19, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

The controversial Austin Oaks PUD was postponed indefinitely at the Zoning and Platting Commission on Tuesday night. Planning and Development Review Department’s Jerry Rusthoven explained that the planned unit development was a complex one, and developers and staff were still in negotiations. “A PUD has to reach a level of superiority, or at least superiority in the eyes of City Council,” said Rusthoven. “At this point, staff is not prepared to make a recommendation.” Rusthoven added that, in his experience, working out the details and approving a PUD takes about a year. He said the department was asking for an indefinite postponement because it was not sure when it would be ready to bring the case forward. Neighbors asked that the postponement be limited to 60 days, and while commissioners were not prepared to grant that request, they did ask for an update at their Feb. 17 meeting.

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