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LifeAustin Church variance lives (kind of)

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Wondering whatever happened to LifeAustin Church’s variance request at the Board of Adjustment? You aren’t alone. At the board’s most recent meeting, Board Member Michael Von Ohlen responded to a request to postpone the case until January by pointing out that it had been on the agenda for nearly a year. If you recall, the church and the homeowners association had entered into a settlement in December of 2016 after the HOA appealed the permits granted to the church at 8901 West Highway 71 by the city. “Can we get an update on where they’re at?” asked Von Ohlen. His request was immediately granted. Nicole LeFave, who was representing LifeAustin Church, explained that the postponement would allow the church time to get permits and move forward with construction with the agreed upon sound mitigation. Robert Kleeman, who is the appellant in the case, agreed this was the case, and they planned on eventually dropping the appeal. “But we want to see them built first,” he explained. Von Ohlen said that all sounded reasonable to him. “That should be the amount of time – especially since the city is now doing fast track,” he said. The comment was met with laughter from all sides.

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