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Challengers Hit Speed Bumps in Run-Off Council Races
Almost at the finish line
"...as the fight over The Grove PUD or the McMansion ordinance – that animate voters in D10. At multiple..."

Dec. 4, 2020 News Feature by Austin Sanders

City Council Shapes Land Use Overhaul on Second Reading
Debate continues as Austin learns to code
"...real FAR is actually less than 0.4 due to McMansion Ordinance restrictions on building size.)..."

Feb. 14, 2020 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Austin's Land Use Debate Returns to the Spotlight
A new draft code has risen out of CodeNEXT's ashes
"...would like to disincentivize that from being a big McMansion. I don't see that the draft disincentivizes this enough."..."

Oct. 11, 2019 News Feature by Austin Sanders

CodeNEXT Year, Maybe
The city's land use rewrite had one helluva year
"...bonus programs, and introduced a modified version of the McMansion Ordinance to help discourage demolition of existing housing. But..."

Dec. 29, 2017 News Feature by Sarah Marloff

Imagine Austin With CodeNEXT
Draft two brings big changes, more questions
"...existing houses intact, using a modified version of the McMansion Ordinance, would give property owners extra leeway to build..."

Sept. 22, 2017 News Feature by Sarah Marloff

Greg Abbott, Tree Killer
That attack on the Heritage Tree ordinance? A personal vendetta.
"...According to a June 12 report by the Texas..."

June 16, 2017 News Feature by Michael King

Council: Save the Coyotes!
A morning on wild, wild life, an afternoon on workers’ rights
"...to pets and possibly children, with Zimmerman insisting, “The ordinances of this city are supposed to protect the people.”..."

Oct. 10, 2016 News Post by Michael King

Then There's This: Decoding the Code
Next step: untangling 30 years of regulatory layers
"...made since 1984: There was the Hill Country Roadway Ordinance, designed to protect scenic views, back when scenic views..."

May 9, 2014 News Column by Amy Smith

No More Than a Foursome
Council bumps exemption, buys golf course, squeezes “stealth dorms”
"...with a two-year sunset provision), the so-called “stealth dorm” ordinance. The public hearing had been closed at an earlier..."

March 25, 2014 News Post by Michael King

Working Class Betrayed by Council Vote
"...literally become the San Francisco of Texas, with the McMansion ordinance boundaries becoming its walls. East Austin will become..."

Feb. 18, 2014 Postmarks

No on Project Duration Ordinance
"...no on grandfathering or not complying with established city ordinances. It was bad enough that the ridge over Barton..."

March 27, 2013 Postmarks

'Completing Communities'
A conversation with Kathie Tovo
"...Austin Neighborhoods Council, for instance, seemed supportive of the McMansion ordinance, which some people argue has facilitated sprawl by..."

June 3, 2011 News Feature by Wells Dunbar

Place 4: It's Morrison, and Then Some ...
"...opposed the Spring Condominium tower and led the city's McMansion task force. She believes the McMansion ordinance, tweaked since..."

April 29, 2011 News Feature by Wells Dunbar

The Action's in Place 3
Shade, Tovo, Nofziger race most watched and closely contested
"...central part of the city." She cites the city's "McMansion" ordinance, limiting homes to the larger of 2,300 square..."

April 29, 2011 News Feature by Wells Dunbar

'Chronicle' Endorsements
May 14 City Council elections
"...collaborative community plans. She's a forthright supporter of the anti-"McMansion" ordinance and the historic landmark tax exemption – both..."

April 29, 2011 News Feature

Res Publica
Citizens' calendar, Aug. 5-12
"...MCMANSION ORDINANCE PUBLIC HEARING Weigh in on a proposed expansion..."

Aug. 6, 2010 News Feature

Res Publica
Citizens' calendar, July 29-Aug. 5
"...MCMANSION ORDINANCE PUBLIC HEARING addresses a proposed expansion of the..."

July 30, 2010 News Feature

The Daily Hustle: 4/7/10
Morrison lays down her markers
"...a project before new regulations took place (like a McMansion ordinance expansion), then restart with the old, more favorable..."

April 7, 2010 News Post by Wells Dunbar

The Daily Hustle: 4/6/10
Get yer council programs right here!
"...and Morrision contemplating possible exceptions to the so-called it/lie ordinance, designed to prevent homeless loitering Downtown, on medical grounds...."

April 6, 2010 News Post by Wells Dunbar

Place 4 Run-Off Heats Up
Morrison and Galindo exchange accusations as election day approaches
"...of green building standards, and I'm building under the McMansion Ordinance rules. So I am doing all three things..."

June 13, 2008 News Feature by Wells Dunbar

Wynn Weighs In
Mayor talks about Green Home Tax (and how there's no such thing)
"...Wynn is clarifying exactly what the proposed energy efficiency ordinance means. Another is that he's stamping on the increasingly..."

June 11, 2008 News Post by Richard Whittaker

'Chronicle' Endorsements
June 14 City Council run-off
"...tendency to reactionary NIMBYism. Morrison's leadership on the city's McMansion task force as well as the Design Standards Mixed..."

June 6, 2008 News Feature by The Chronicle Editorial Board

'Chronicle' Endorsements
June 14 City Council run-off
"...tendency to reactionary NIMBYism. Morrison's leadership on the city's McMansion task force as well as the Design Standards Mixed..."

May 30, 2008 News Feature by The Chronicle Editorial Board

Beside the Point
The Tobyocracy's diaspora continues
"...6pm public hearing on tweaking development regulations in the McMansion Ordinance should entertain. Once again, the heavy lifting occurred..."

May 16, 2008 News Column by Wells Dunbar

'Chronicle' Endorsements
May 10 municipal elections
"...tendency to reactionary NIMBYism. While we're lukewarm on the McMansion Ordinance itself, Morrison's leadership on the city's task force..."

May 9, 2008 News Feature by The Chronicle Editorial Board

Six-Card Stud
It's a wide-open Place 4 race
"...of the neighborhood at all" – he calls the McMansion home-size rules "a step backwards, on that front."..."

April 25, 2008 News Feature by Wells Dunbar

'Chronicle' Endorsements
May 10 municipal elections
"...tendency to reactionary NIMBYism. While we're lukewarm on the McMansion Ordinance itself, Morrison's leadership on the city's task force..."

April 25, 2008 News Feature by The Chronicle Editorial Board

Spring Training
Seasonal snapshots of the council candidates
"...was the architect of redrafting the Save Our Springs Ordinance. Leffingwell's supporters point to his green bona fides; he..."

March 21, 2008 News Feature by Wells Dunbar

Austin Has Missed the Mark Toward Zero-Energy
"...zero-energy, Austin has missed the mark by making the McMansion ordinance a pro-sprawl code. Besides the obvious concerns I..."

March 20, 2008 Postmarks

Naked City
"...• The fight over McMansions in Central East Austin has spawned a takeover attempt..."

March 14, 2008 News Feature

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