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Challengers Hit Speed Bumps in Run-Off Council Races
Almost at the finish line
" 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

Austin at Large: And Still, We Rise
Austin has liberated itself from exhausted narratives before. It's time to do it again.
" now trying to detach its fortunes from the golf-course-and-McMansion model that defined its PUD, because nobody wants that..."

June 12, 2020 News Column by Mike Clark-Madison

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

Now Streaming in Austin: Master of Dark Shadows
New documentary bites into the legacy of the Gothic soap
"...realm of fantasy, why stop there? Ditch the suburban McMansion for a Gothic hall. No more bored housewives as..."

May 10, 2019 Screens Column by Richard Whittaker

A Two-Horse Race for Mayor
Can Laura Morrison hope to edge out Steve Adler?
"...of things they dislike in their neighborhoods – a 'McMansion' or something else, and say 'that's why I hate..."

July 6, 2018 News Feature by Michael King

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.
"...Abbott was scrapping his home to build a bigger McMansion, and the city issued building permits with the stipulation..."

June 16, 2017 News Feature by Michael King

Council: Not According to Code
Parks, plumbing, and miscellaneous
"...afternoon work session on CodeNEXT, that one focusing on “McMansion” issues and general compatibility standards. Those discussions continue this..."

June 12, 2017 News Post by Michael King

CodeNEXT: Learn to Love It
Trying to make sense of a deeply flawed first draft
"...increased unit counts in every zone; parking requirements, compatibility, McMansion rules, lots of other things ... There is no..."

June 9, 2017 News Feature by Nick Barbaro

Point Austin: Down in the Grove
Agreement on latest PUD portends … a little progress?
"...its PUD proposal and seek conventional zoning, tract by McMansion tract. Instead, the agreement takes on all of the..."

Dec. 9, 2016 News Column by Michael King

Council: Save the Coyotes!
A morning on wild, wild life, an afternoon on workers’ rights
"...ordinances governing conversions of carports to garages (under the “McMansion” ordinance) – the vote seemed tentative, and the matter..."

Oct. 10, 2016 News Post by Michael King

Best of Austin – Friday
BOA all day, erryday
"...rolling hills of West Austin without seeing nary a McMansion in sight – and that's painfully not so anymore...."

March 20, 2015 Features Feature

Randall Stephens: 'I Can Handle the Job'
" put up a two-story next to it, a McMansion, then prices are going to go up. I know..."

May 30, 2014 News Feature

Then There's This: Decoding the Code
Next step: untangling 30 years of regulatory layers
"...TOD. We added some restraints in 2006 with the McMansion Ordinance, then loosened the grip the following year in..."

May 9, 2014 News Column by Amy Smith

No More Than a Foursome
Council bumps exemption, buys golf course, squeezes “stealth dorms”
"...objected that the designated boundaries (those of the earlier McMansion ordinance) would be too broad for a fairly neighborhood-specific..."

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

The Purge
Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey star in this suspenseful horror film that's set in the near future and poses dark possibilities and even darker lighting.
"...the Sandins become separated from one another amid their McMansion – which allows for lots of stealth attacks from..."

June 7, 2013 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

No on Project Duration Ordinance
"...the work that produced the Heritage Tree Ordinance, the McMansion Ordinance, new zoning classifications, Great Streets Program, the Imagine..."

March 27, 2013 Postmarks

Then There's This: AE and the Lege
City officials planning for the worst, hoping for the best
"...It's hard to sympathize with suburban McMansion dwellers who question why high-energy users should pay more..."

July 20, 2012 News Column by Amy Smith

'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

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

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

'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

City Hall Hustle: If You Don't Build It, They Will Still Come
The welcome mat can only hold so many people
"..."M1EK" Dahmus, in the comments of the Chronicle website: "McMansion and fighting [vertical mixed-use] and other infill are 'wins'..."

Jan. 21, 2011 News Column by Wells Dunbar

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

Page Two: The Never-Ending Story
Checking out of politics, checking in with the press
"...Web Site Content Feature, second place: "Am I McMansion or Not?" by staff..."

July 23, 2010 Column by Louis Black

Vive la Résistance
Joshua Long talks about Austin's evolution of weird, from organic to institutionalized
" Austin, I promise I won't live in a McMansion or pee in Barton Springs. Deal?..."

June 4, 2010 Books Feature by Wells Dunbar

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