Found 14 blog entries tagged as zoning.

A backyard home, or accessory dwelling unit, designed by Propel Studio. ADUs are also often called granny flats. CARLOS CAMARENA

Austin Business Journal writes, "The new resolution, passed at the May 30 City Council meeting, tasks the city manager with identifying ways to improve access to the HOME program for low- and moderate-income households and expanding educational resources and technical help to households at risk of displacement due to gentrification. East Austin, where racial minorities were pushed about 100 years ago and gentrification concerns are top of mind, is likely to be a focus — though residents across the region have felt the effects of rising property values and urbanization.

Low-income households are those that earn 80% or less of the median family income, according to the Austin Housing Department. As of June 2023, 80% MFI for a three-person household…

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An Austin real estate investor has a plan to redevelop Barton Springs Apartments. The project would more than triple the total number of residences on the existing site. CITY OF AUSTIN

Austin Business Journal reports, "A plan to demolish a 40-unit apartment complex near Barton Springs Road to make way for a bigger one is set to be considered by City Council later this month.

The project at 1725 Toomey Road — on a less-than 1-acre tract sandwiched between Butler Shores and the original Chuy’s restaurant — would replace the existing Barton Springs Apartments with a new building containing more than 203 units.

Property owner Greg Smith of First Austin Properties is seeking a zoning change for the location to remove a conditional overlay that restricts building height to under 75 feet. Aside from the conditional overlay, the property has the city's highest-density multifamily zoning.

The exact height and other details of the…

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Austin's light rail system is planned to include a station at 3rd and Congress Avenue. AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP

Austin Business Journal writes, "The second phase of Austin’s HOME Initiative and other wide-reaching land use changes are set to be considered at City Hall in the coming weeks. The goal: To hack away at Austin's housing affordability problem and prepare the city for its planned light rail system.

Bigger development will be needed along the 10-mile light rail route — especially at train stops. The project, on track to cost about $4.8 billion in current years’ dollars and begin construction in 2027, will be supported through federal transit funding if the city can prove that its land-use regulations will support the new transit network.

If approved, the new policies will usher in a wave of opportunities for developers and existing homeowners.

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Developer Mark IV has made updates to the long-anticipated The District project in Round Rock amid changes to the market. SCREENSHOT OF CITY OF ROUND ROCK DOCUMENTS

Austin Business Journal reports, "one of the region's most-anticipated projects is back on track — and much bigger than previously planned.

Eight years ago, Mark IV Capital, a Newport Beach, California-based commercial real estate firm, purchased a 66-acre plot near Interstate 35 and the State Highway 45 toll road for a project known as The District. But the plans subsequently stalled, mostly due to shifting market conditions stemming from the coronavirus pandemic.

Since then, the size of the project has more than doubled. The District is planned as a $500 million investment that will result in 3 million square feet of development and a minimum of 5,000 jobs at full buildout in 2039. Original plans called for 1 million square feet by 2039 and a…

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Austin's new HOME Initiative allows the construction of up to three dwellings on single-family lots, similar to what's pictured above. PORTLAND PRESS HERALD

Austin Business Journal reports, "developers and homebuilders hoping to take advantage of a new program that will allow up to three residential units to be built on a lot currently zoned for one are about to get their chance.

That's because the HOME Initiative goes into effect Feb. 5, and those who are interested can start applying at that time.

Applications must be submitted through Austin's residential plan review process, according to a new city information hub devoted to the HOME Initiative, which stands for Home Options for Middle-income Empowerment.

The initiative allows the construction of up to three dwellings on lots currently zoned SF-1, SF-2 and SF-3. Most single-family homes in Austin fall into one of those zoning categories.

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This 100-plus acre field in Pflugerville's outskirts could soon be sprawling warehouse property. GOOGLE MAPS

Austin Business Journal reports, "Endeavor Real Estate Group plans to transform a large swath of land outside Austin into an industrial development.

The project is set to rise on more than 100 acres off State Highway 130 and Pecan Street in Pflugerville, according to several construction filings with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. The number of buildings planned on the site and the total square footage of the project are unknown, but the filings indicate at least four buildings will be built, ranging from 132,214 to 186,415 square feet each. The buildings will be speculative warehouses, according to TDLR.

Endeavor did not provide comment on the project. It should be noted that information found on TDLR filings are preliminary…

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Austin Business Journal reports, "a pilot program intended to improve Austin's rezoning process is set to be considered by City Council.

The six-month pilot program would extend deadlines for zoning and rezoning applications in addition to neighborhood plan applications with the intention of giving developers and landowners more time to refine their requests and avoid potentially missing a deadline that would require them to start the process from the beginning.

For example, land use cases will be extended from a 60-day consideration period to 120 days while whole neighborhood plan amendments will increase from 90 days to 120.

Jordan Feldman, a principal planner with the city, said the proposed changes would decrease the need for staff…

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Austin Business Journal reports, "amendments to Austin's land development code intended to boost building density throughout the city will soon be considered in a joint public hearing between the Austin City Council and Planning Commission. The changes could have a significant impact on housing supply in the city.

A meeting date has not been yet been scheduled but is expected to occur this year. Council on Sept. 21 approved a resolution calling for the joint public hearing, which was recommended by the city’s Housing and Planning Department.

The hearing shows there is political momentum behind the city's effort to address the housing shortage and correlated affordability concerns — as well as controversy. After a previous effort to overhaul the…

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Tiny homes on wheels could soon be considered permanent dwellings in single-family areas by Austin City Hall. MACKENZIE FRANK | COURIER

Austin Business Journal reports, "Austin homeowners may have an opportunity to transform their backyards and other open spaces into leasable dwellings as the local government works to create new options for affordable housing.

Austin City Council on Sept. 14 asked city staffers to draft an ordinance that would allow mobile tiny homes and recreational vehicles to be used as permanent residences in areas zoned for single-family housing. The draft of the code amendment is expected to be presented to Austin's Housing and Planning Committee and to Council by the end of November.

The effort would be another piecemeal change to Austin's land development code as city leaders work to eliminate barriers to creating additional housing. Affordability issues…

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Wildhorn Capital LLC plans to redevelop The Patten, a South Austin apartment complex located near East Riverside Drive. RPM LIVING

Austin Business Journal shares, "Austin-based real estate investment firm Wildhorn Capital LLC is moving forward with plans to redevelop hundreds of South Austin apartments. It could quadruple the number of residences on the site, potentially bringing more change to a busy pocket of the city and ramping up the debate over affordable housing.

The company wants City Hall to rezone the 530 units at 2207 Wickersham Lane and 2239 Cromwell Circle, which appear to be complexes called Hillside Villas and The Patten, and raise the site's building height limit from 40 feet to as high as 120 feet. The change would clear the way for the boutique investment firm to create 2,100 apartments in an area close to downtown, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and…

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