April 11 update: The City has scheduled their community meeting for Wednesday, April 25 at 6:30pm at the Little Walnut Creek Library. The neighborhood team will hold a called meeting in conjunction with the city-facilitated meeting.
The City has received an application to make land use and zoning changes for the Austin Suites property, in order to convert it to an apartment complex. This would involve amending Georgian Acres planning area’s Future Land Use Map (FLUM) from Commercial to Mixed Use. It would also involve changing the zoning from CS (Commercial) to CS-MU (Commercial Mixed Use), that is, adding residential uses to the existing zoning and conditions.
(CodeNEXT draft 3 would change the zoning to MU4A-A, Mixed Use. This zoning could allow 36-72 units per acre, depending on affordability, as well as most commercial uses, with buildings up to 45 feet high.)
According to the application, they are proposing 216 units total, 170 efficiency and one-bedroom, and 46 two-bedroom, from 400-800 sq ft.
The amendment process will include at the least a community meeting in our area, a Planning Commission hearing, and a City Council hearing, before any decision is made. There will probably be several meetings amongst developers, nearby stakeholders, and neighborhood groups before any of that happens.
The agent for the new owner and developer for this project has met with the neighborhood team and with the Georgian Acres neighborhood association (GANA). Here are some of the topics included. Are there others?
- Stormwater infrastructure
- Relocation/retention of current residents
- Housing affordability (number of affordable units, percentage of MFI)
- Fair housing (source of income, lookback period)
- Traffic on E Powell Ln (speed mitigation)
- Access to Georgian Acres neighborhood park
- Attendance zone for new TA Brown