Why God Created Lawyers
This time out, McHone's quest for a zoning change from CS (commercial) to MF-6 ("highest-density" multifamily) was sidetracked when NUNA lawyer and former Planning Commissioner Rachael Rawlins noted that despite the catchy name, the Villas would not actually be on Guadalupe but on Hemphill. In fact, McHone's property doesn't touch Guadalupe, despite the project being filed and posted on the council agenda as "property locally known as 2717-2810 Guadalupe Street." Even if the condos were built on the Drag, they wouldn't be at that address, which as you can see would span both sides of Guadalupe.
Why nobody at the city noticed this error -- the project had already gone through the PC -- is unclear. But the false address issue made the posting on the Council agenda illegal, the council couldn't act, and the case got bounced back to the (new) Zoning and Platting Commission, which is set to start the process over on Oct. 23. It likely won't be back before the council until we have a new mayor.