City Council heard its first zoning case on Thursday night. The hours-long battle between neighborhood and development interests on Burnet Road was, most likely, an accurate welcome to the process.
In the end, plans for a multifamily project at 8528 Burnet Road continue to crawl forward.
The developer, C.J. Sackman of Sackman Enterprises, is asking for a change to MF-6 multifamily zoning from the current General Commercial Services (CS) zoning. He has agreed to conditions that limit the height of the building to 60 feet, which is what is allowed under the current zoning. He also agreed to limit the number of units to 225, and the floor-to-area ratio to 2:1, which translates to about 244,000 square feet.
Note: Its interesting that Austin Monitor paints the neighborhood as "angry" when North Shoal Creek has a long history of working with developers and embracing density, and is simply raising the same questions that many North Austinites have asked about the capacity of Burnet Road.