Austin Oaks is a 31.37 acre site located in Northwest Hills at the intersection of Mopac and Spicewood Springs Rd. The current owner (Spire Realty Group out of Dallas) and developer (The Drenner Group out of Austin) are proposing a new development for the property and are requesting a zoning change from its current zoning of LO, LR, GR and SF-3 to a Planned Unit Development (PUD). The current development consists of 12 two, three and four-story buildings with a density of 446,091 square feet and an estimated 4,118 vehicular trips per day (unadjusted).
There are four neighborhood/civic associations impacted by this development: Northwest Austin Civic Association (NWACA), Balcones Civic Association (BCA), Allandale Neighborhood Association and North Shoal Creek Neighborhood Association. The property is within the geographic boundaries of NWACA, and the Drenner Group, has been in negotiations with NWACA over this past year, resulting in several different proposals, the most recent just submitted to the City of Austin Planning Department about a week ago.
Click here to view the comparison chart which has been prepared by NWACA.
Click here to view additional information on the NWACA website.
Prior to the Zoning and Platting (ZAP) Commission on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, Commissioner Rahm McDaniel scheduled a meeting with NWACA representatives and Council Member Gallo joined that meeting. The discussion centered on the results of the March neighborhood survey and concerns of the neighborhood. Both Commissioner McDaniel and Council Member Gallo encouraged community dialog between neighbors, other neighborhood associations and the Drenner Group. In addition, Council Member Gallo suggested that the neighborhood groups work together to offer a community meeting to help neighbors understand what can be developed within the current zoning, what a Planned Unit Development (PUD) allows, and what the current Drenner development proposal is. As a resident of Northwest Hills for over 30 years, Council Member Gallo agrees with the concerns of her neighborhood, and has offered her assistance if the neighborhoods decide to hold a community meeting.
At the ZAP meeting, Mr. Stephen Drenner informed the Commission that last Thursday, April 30th a revised PUD proposal was submitted reflecting changes to the plan in response to input received from neighborhood representatives. The new Traffic Impact Analysis (TIA) should be completed in the next several weeks. Mr. Drenner reported that the Drenner Group had recently met with leaders from NWACA and had upcoming meetings with the Allandale NA and North Shoal Creek NA to discuss the new proposal.
View the full status briefing (Item C1) from this week's ZAP meeting here.
ZAP will receive another update and could possibly take action at their next meeting on Tuesday, June 16, 2015.
Info about the PUD can also be found at this citizen run website: