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Land Development Code Revision Meetings Postponed

Land Development Code Revision Meetings Postponed

These are extraordinary times and public health is paramount. In response to the increasing concerns and fluidity of COVID-19 situation, the City of Austin has decided to postpone meetings and action related to the Land Development Code Revision, including the meetings scheduled for:

We are continuing to discuss options

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Schedule Set For LDC Third Reading

Schedule Set For LDC Third Reading

Land Development Code third reading council meetings will start Tuesday, March 31. See below for the full meeting schedule:

Public Comment
Tuesday, March 24 from 4pm -12am
Saturday, March 28 from 9am -12am

Third Reading Special Called Meetings
Tuesday, March 31 from 9am -12pm
Wednesday, April 1 from 9am -4pm
Thursday, April 2 from 10am -12am
Tuesday, April 7 from 9am -12am (if needed)

Third Reading Location:
City Hall Council Chambers 301 W 2nd Street
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Protest Buell’s Rezoning No Later Than Feb. 29

Protest Buell’s Rezoning No Later Than Feb. 29

What’s happening:
•Residences within 200 feet of Buell Avenue could be adversely affected by the proposed new zoning on Buell Avenue. The city’s proposed new zoning violates the North Shoal Creek Neighborhood Plan and calls for massively dense redevelopment on Buell (MU5B-Q zoning) which is the most intense mixed-use zone and will allow residential, commercial, or mixed-use buildings up to 60 feet/5 stories, with an additional 30 feet/3 stories allowed with multifamily residences up to 5 to 7 or 8 … Read More

Protesting Your Property’s Proposed Zoning

Protesting Your Property’s Proposed Zoning

Council just passed Draft 2 of Austin’s revised Land Development Code. There’s still one more vote – to be held in late March or early April — to go. Here’s what happens to single-family housing in North Shoal Creek:

 

  • 26 homes on Rockwood, Boxdale, Firwood and Steck are rezoned to R4.
  • R4 is the least intense transition zoning and allows for up to 8 units per lot.
  • All other single-family homes in North Shoal Creek are rezoned to R2A.
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Land Development Code (LDC) Update From NSCNA’s Development Committee

Land Development Code (LDC) Update From NSCNA’s Development Committee

• Wed., Dec. 11, 2019 — Austin City Council votes 7-4 to approve the LDC on first reading, with Alter, Kitchen, Pool, and Tovo voting no. Council Member Pool offers an amendment to recognize the right of property owners to protest LDC zoning changes. Her amendment fails 4-7, with Alter, Kitchen, Pool, and Tovo voting in favor.

• Thurs., Dec. 12, 2019 — A group of 19 homeowners sue the city, asking that Council’s approval of the rewrite be invalidated … Read More

Mixed-Use, Main Street, and Industrial Zones in North Shoal Creek Under the Proposed LDC

Mixed-Use, Main Street, and Industrial Zones in North Shoal Creek Under the Proposed LDC

MU5A: High-intensity multi-use residential, office, service, retail, and entertainment uses

MU5B: high intensity residential & commercial, including storage and auto-related businesses

  •             Minimum lot size: 5,000 sq. ft.  if multifamily; 48 dwelling units/acre + unlimited AHBP (Affordable Housing Bonus Program)
  •             Minimum lot size: 1,800 sq. ft. live/work or townhouse; 24 dwelling units/acre; no AHBP
  •            Setbacks from property lines: 5’ front – 5’ side street – 0’ side-0’ rear
  •             Compatibility setbacks <75’ wide lot: 5-5-15-30
  •                                                       >75’ wide lot: 5-5-20-30
  •             Height max. :
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An overview of multifamily zoning in North Shoal Creek under the proposed land development code

An overview of multifamily zoning in North Shoal Creek under the proposed land development code

North Shoal Creek is zoned to contain 3 of the 5 zoning codes proposed for multifamily areas in the draft LDC. Please see the map below for the locations of our neighborhood’s multifamily zones.

RM2 (the triplexes and fourplexes on Mossrock & Dawnridge Circle):

  •             Min. lot size for a multifamily dwelling: 5,000 sq. ft.
  •             Min. lot size for a live/work dwelling or townhouse: 1,800 sq. ft.
  •             Number of dwelling units per acre: 24 base, with an additional 36/acre under
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An overview of residential zoning in North Shoal Creek under the proposed land development code

An overview of residential zoning in North Shoal Creek under the proposed land development code

Existing single family zoning in North Shoal Creek becomes R2A zoning, with this exception: single-family houses along Rockwood between Steck and Anderson become R4. R4 is the least-intense missing middle zone in a transition area.

What can be built in an R2A zone? A maximum of 2 dwelling units, although a home qualifying for a preservation incentive could build a total of 3 units

  •           On a 5,000 sq. ft. lot: 1 single-family home, a duplex, or a single-family home with
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