Guest post by Brad Parson, NW Resident:
The Zoning and Platting Commission (ZAP) is holding a public hearing on the Austin Oaks PUD (C814-2014-0120),Tuesday, July 7th, at 6pm. Agenda Item #1! City Council Chambers, 2nd and Lavaca.
Free parking is available underneath City Hall. Parking can be validated by the clerk inside Council Chambers.
City Code requires the case to be heard in a public hearing and acted upon by the Zoning and Platting Commission within a year.
City staff requested a six month extension on December 16, 2014. That extension has expired, however the application does not expire until July 11th. The staff is not ready to make a recommendation to the update that was filed April 30th and the traffic impact analysis that was filed on May 26th. The Zoning and Platting Commission has 9 of 11 new members as of July 1st.
ZAP has the following options with the Austin Oaks case on July 7th:
- Deny the rezoning.
- Postpone at ZAP’s request to a specific date to hear staff’s recommendation, likely September.
- Postpone at the developer’s request up to six months.
What you can do NOW:
1) Write/email to all new ZAP members:
Possible bullet points to mention are below.
2) COME TO THE PUBLIC HEARING. Sign in against Agenda Item 1 in the City Council Chamber Foyer, whether you intend to speak or not.
(Note: Given that a postponement is likely, this is not the most important hearing to attend. However, if you can, please come. Having a strong showing will help show the Zoning and Platting Commission that there is strong opposition and that the developer cannot keep extending this indefinitely.)
- Applicant filed the traffic impact analysis after the deadline.
- Does not comply with Imagine Austin.
- Does not comply with all of the minimum Tier One PUD requirements:
---Meet the City Code objectives (not compatible/does not meet the definition of a Neighborhood Center)
---Mitigate adverse transportation impacts with transit as well as roadway improvements
---Provide for public facilities including schools.
- Density will increase by three times: from 446,091 square feet to 1,280,000 square feet.
- Height will increase by three times: from two-and three- story buildings to six nine-story buildings.
- Traffic will increase by five times: from 4,118 trips to 19,819 unadjusted trips.
- A Push Poll conducted in May 2015 indicates bad faith.
- Sets a precedent for increased height, both along MOPAC and across the city.
- There is overwhelming opposition to the proposal by the surrounding neighborhoods.
- Developer can go to ~800,000 square feet in existing zoning or develop more densely with traditional zoning.
Please make sure that members of the Zoning and Platting Commission, City Council and Mayor Steve Adler know where you stand on the Austin Oaks PUD.
"Austin Community, Not Commodity."