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The Wal-Mart War
Citizens continue to battle the Beast of Bentonville on several Southside fronts
"...Wal-Mart and its developers have their way, the city Zoning and Platting Commission will be fast-forwarding its action on..."

Sept. 19, 2003 News Feature by Amy Smith

Naked City
Austin Stories
"...a single vote, combining a contract agreement with several zoning cases. "The law prohibits contract zoning," Bunch said, adding..."

Aug. 16, 2002 News Feature

Our readers talk back.
"...North University Neighborhood Association (NUNA) favoring more compatible MF-4 zoning. MF-4 still allows hundreds of additional students to live..."

Feb. 15, 2002 Column

Our readers talk back.
"...Danny Thomas voted for a Houston-based apartment developer's MFG rezoning of land directly north of the University of Texas...."

Jan. 18, 2002 Column

Tower of Ill Dispute
When the city settled its boundary dispute with Lumbermen's Investment Corp., it didn't close the book -- it opened up a sequel.
"...of it: a 180-foot luxury condo tower. Because current zoning only allows a height of 120 feet, the tower..."

Sept. 28, 2001 News Feature by Amy Smith

Naked City
Local news this week in Austin
"...their approval of the Hyde Park Neighborhood Plan and zoning overlay last Tuesday? The PC voted on May 22..."

June 15, 2001 News Feature by Erica C. Barnett

Naked City
The city council proposes a number of changes to several city departments, including DRID, PECSD, and the Planning Commission.
"...the city would form a new Neighborhood Planning and Zoning department, which would be in charge of (duh) neighborhood..."

March 30, 2001 News Feature by Emily Pyle

What's the Deal?
The Details in the City's Proposed Settlement With Stratus Properties Are the Fine Print in the Term Sheet.
"...subdivided, thus escaping later environmental regulations. Stratus wants multifamily zoning and promises to comply with the SOS multifamily regs..."

Dec. 1, 2000 News Feature

Naked City
The City Council lifts a building moratorium onHyde Park Baptist Church, allowing the church to file a site plan for a five-story garage and setting off a storm of protests from neighbors.
"...of the current Neighborhood Conservation Combining District (NCCD), the zoning ordinance which governs church property in the neighborhood, the..."

March 10, 2000 News Feature by Erica C. Barnett

Lawsuit Seeks to Block Converting Microtel for Permanent Supportive Housing for City's Homeless
One project stalls, another moves along
"...7705 Metro Center Drive, amid concerns that the property's zoning would prevent it from being tapped for residential use...."

Jan. 3, 2020 News Feature by Austin Sanders

City Council Votes to Protect Mobile Home Residents
Nine mobile home parks rezoned for MH residential use
"...450 units, specifically for that residential use (i.e., MH zoning). This continued a citywide effort to protect more than..."

July 5, 2019 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Public Notice: Slouching Toward CodeCRONK
City manager gives Council a multiple-choice quiz for the land development code redo
"...that would take effect without concurrently adopting a new Zoning Map. ... [S]taff recommends continuing forward with adoption of..."

March 22, 2019 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Whose Affordability Crisis?
Looking through the prism's lens
"...for release next week, but in its second, the zoning rewrite proposes to standardize the city's 10 DBPs into..."

Feb. 2, 2018 News Feature by Joseph Caterine

Looking Back on the Champions Tract Rezoning
Does this development belong in this particular corner of the Hill Country?
"...Texas Hill Country, may soon have a new landmark. Rezoning and special exceptions that the Austin City Council granted..."

June 30, 2017 News Feature by Margaret Nicklas

Grove PUD Neighbors Sue City
They say the city's interpretation of Texas' valid petition rights statute is wrong
"..."The state statute uses the language 'change in zoning,' which we argue the Grove PUD zoning application is,..."

May 6, 2016 News Feature by Nina Hernandez

Council: Welcome to Solar City
Council buys megawatts, ponders PUDs, and contacts neighbors
"...difficult (requiring a Council supermajority) to approve any PUD zoning (on previously unzoned tracts) if the Zoning and Platting..."

Oct. 7, 2015 News Post by Michael King

Queen of the Hill: 3805 Red River Stands Another Day
Demolition efforts are delayed by the HLC
"...for it on this occasion was a change in zoning designation to Historic Landmark, which would prohibit demolition of..."

July 30, 2014 News Post by Anne Harris

Profits vs. Community Values
"...the council to stand behind these words! A PUD zoning gives developers extra height, density, and a larger building..."

Aug. 2, 2013 Postmarks

City Promises to Obey Law ... Eventually
JJ Seabrook neighborhood fights back against 'ongoing construction site'
"...The current zoning on the lot doesn't permit the city facility. Up..."

July 19, 2013 News Feature by Elizabeth Pagano

Urban Farm Story Slanted
"...resident. We addressed the HausBar Farms as a specific zoning issue. HausBar Farms, which is located in single-family zoning,..."

April 15, 2013 Postmarks

Developing Stories: Chipping at the Waterfront
Revised waterfront ordinance returns to City Council today (Thursday, May 21)
"...Should special planned unit development rezoning be allowed to alter the protections for Lady Bird..."

May 22, 2009 News Column by Katherine Gregor

Beside the Point
Zoning and development action doesn't come any hotter and heavier than last week's City Council meeting.
"...For you zoning wonks who salivate in salacious anticipation of my esteemed..."

Feb. 8, 2008 News Column by Wells Dunbar

Mixed Use, Mixed Emotions
An anniversary review of Austin's vertical mixed-use program discovers a range of responses to density, change, and planning
"...planning known as "VMU." That's "vertical mixed-use," a new zoning tool to advance the broader City Council policy of..."

Feb. 1, 2008 News Feature by Katherine Gregor

Developing Stories
More lessons from Seattle
"...Guernsey, who became Austin's director of Neighborhood Planning and Zoning Department in February 2006, represents fresh leadership more open..."

June 15, 2007 News Column by Katherine Gregor

Point Austin: Beside the Point
As another protracted legal battle looms, council lends tentative rezoning approval to three tracts of land at 360 and 2222
"...The never-ending Champion zoning epic trumbles on, with City Council lending initial but..."

Dec. 9, 2005 News Column by Wells Dunbar

Rainey Street, Ready to Go
Neighbors weigh in on compromise plan to transform Downtown neighborhood
"...on Tuesday night. After two decades of fighting for zoning changes, Velasquez – whose family has been a Rainey..."

Aug. 20, 2004 News Feature by Kimberly Reeves

Our readers talk back.
"...ordinance did not readily accommodate local historic district overlay zoning, instead relying heavily on a "courtesy" but unbinding review..."

April 23, 2004 Column

New Rules for Old Buildings: The Historic Task Force
As the task force on historic preservation concludes its work, the outcome remains uncertain
" the tools at hand – specifically, pursuing historic zoning for individual properties – to hold the infill beast..."

April 2, 2004 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

The Beast Wins a Round
Preliminary approval -- but still grave concern -- for two South Austin Supercenters
"...It was one of those rare Zoning and Platting Commission endings that had development lawyer Richard..."

Oct. 17, 2003 News Feature by Amy Smith

UT Area Cautious -- at Best -- Over Planning Effort
Campus-area residents take their turn in the city's neighborhood-planning spotlight.
"...says Ricardo Soliz of the city's Neighborhood Planning and Zoning Dept. Though he expected the area's first planning workshop..."

Jan. 17, 2003 News Feature by Lauri Apple

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