Proposed Recommendations: Urban Renewal Plan and Neighborhood Conservation Combining Districts - East 11th and 12th Streets

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BACKGROUND

Development along the East 11th and 12th Street corridor (see map above) is regulated by the Urban Renewal Plan (URP) and two Neighborhood Conservation Combining Districts (NCCDs). Beginning in late 2018 Austin’s Urban Renewal Board (URB) began the process of reviewing and making recommendations to update the URP which was adopted in 1999 and since amended 11 times. In addition to updating the URP, the Board also recommended changes to the East 11th Street and East 12th Street NCCDs. A NCCD is a zoning overlay that can be customized to serve goals such as revitalizing and preserving parts of an area. On February 8, 2021, the URB officially recommended their changes to the URP and the NCCDs. The board went to great lengths to ensure that the plan and the NCCDs were in alignment.

Although Chapter 374 of the Texas Local Government Code allows an urban renewal plan to supersede local zoning regulations, it has been the City of Austin’s practice to ensure that the URP and the NCCDs for East 11th and East 12th Streets be in alignment. The URP is set to expire in 2028 and can be evaluated in 2023 to determine if there is a continued need for the plan. In the event that the URP is no longer in effect, the NCCDs would be the applicable regulations.


NEXT STEPS

The next steps in this process are a virtual public meeting on April 20, 2021 for interested parties to learn more about the Board’s recommended changes and ask questions. Comments received at this meeting will be compiled, posted online, and included in staff reports. Any emails received and comment made on this SpeakUp Austin! web page will also be included. Following this meeting, the plan and NCCDs will go before the Planning Commission on June 22 and City Council on September 1. At those meetings, people will be able to provide feedback on the recommended changes.


COMMUNITY COMMENTS & QUESTIONS

To provide comments or ask clarifying questions regarding the draft recommendations please use the survey below or email staff at HPD@austintexas.gov.

BACKGROUND

Development along the East 11th and 12th Street corridor (see map above) is regulated by the Urban Renewal Plan (URP) and two Neighborhood Conservation Combining Districts (NCCDs). Beginning in late 2018 Austin’s Urban Renewal Board (URB) began the process of reviewing and making recommendations to update the URP which was adopted in 1999 and since amended 11 times. In addition to updating the URP, the Board also recommended changes to the East 11th Street and East 12th Street NCCDs. A NCCD is a zoning overlay that can be customized to serve goals such as revitalizing and preserving parts of an area. On February 8, 2021, the URB officially recommended their changes to the URP and the NCCDs. The board went to great lengths to ensure that the plan and the NCCDs were in alignment.

Although Chapter 374 of the Texas Local Government Code allows an urban renewal plan to supersede local zoning regulations, it has been the City of Austin’s practice to ensure that the URP and the NCCDs for East 11th and East 12th Streets be in alignment. The URP is set to expire in 2028 and can be evaluated in 2023 to determine if there is a continued need for the plan. In the event that the URP is no longer in effect, the NCCDs would be the applicable regulations.


NEXT STEPS

The next steps in this process are a virtual public meeting on April 20, 2021 for interested parties to learn more about the Board’s recommended changes and ask questions. Comments received at this meeting will be compiled, posted online, and included in staff reports. Any emails received and comment made on this SpeakUp Austin! web page will also be included. Following this meeting, the plan and NCCDs will go before the Planning Commission on June 22 and City Council on September 1. At those meetings, people will be able to provide feedback on the recommended changes.


COMMUNITY COMMENTS & QUESTIONS

To provide comments or ask clarifying questions regarding the draft recommendations please use the survey below or email staff at HPD@austintexas.gov.

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    Does this plan consider any of the Capitol view corridors that apply to this neighborhood? Or will the City continue to ignore the Capitol view corridors, like it did when it permitted the new high rise on the IH 35 frontage road between 11th and 12th? The "proposed new CVC Juniper and Navasota" was ignored and now this corridor is completely obstructed. There are least 5 other applicable CVCs - will they also be ignored?

    mauisan asked 5 months ago

    Before development can proceed in areas covered by these corridors a staff determination is required. This determination establishes at what height above sea level the corridor exists in space and how wide it is. This analysis establishes the maximum height of a building under that corridor and where on a project site the corridor will affect the envelope of a proposed building.

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    The creation of subdistrict 4 on the 11th st seems to effectively remove it from the NCCD by reverting it to the base zoning. Is that the intention?

    jayperrett asked 5 months ago

    After further review, staff has determined that the creation of Subdistrict 4 would create nonconforming uses and a reduction in entitlements for some properties. Staff is recommending that properties within the proposed Subdistrict 4 retain their current Subdistrict 1 and 2 designation. More information can be found in the staff report: http://www.austintexas.gov/edims/document.cfm?id=358896.

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    re the East 12th Street NCCD Recommended Changes, section on FAR: if the FAR limitations are removed for all properties within the NCCD, would they have the FAR limitations for their base zoning?

    Elizabeth Alford asked 5 months ago

    No, there will be not FAR maximum in the East 12th Street NCCD. Building size will be controlled by height, setback, and impervious cover standards.

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    Is there any documentation available for this prior. to the meeting? (Proposed plans etc?)

    thisisoli asked 5 months ago

    Documentation is still available under "Document Library" and will be updated as needed. 

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    Was the April 20 meeting recorded and made available to the public? I wasn't able to attend and am an interested resident of the area and would like to comment for the Apr 27 hearing.

    Hh Hh asked 5 months ago

    Yes, the recording of the meeting is available on this SpeakUp page under "Meeting Recordings," and on YouTube, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKIVJqpETfc

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