[July 10 Update: After a public hearing and an hour and a half of discussion, the Planning Commission voted 11-0 to recommend the FLUM change. You can watch the video. Thanks to Lyn and Glenn for representing the neighborhood team.
The City Council hearing is scheduled for August 9, no earlier than 2pm, at City Hall.
Neighborhood team recommendation letter to Planning Commission.]
The neighborhood team held a special electronic meeting relating to the E Powell/E Wonsley neighborhood plan amendment application, to change the Future Land Use Map (FLUM) for eight acres between 601 E Powell and 400 E Wonsley from Neighborhood Mixed Use and Mixed Use Office to Multifamily.
The meeting was announced by individual and group email. Votes were accepted by email, voice, text, and hand delivery. Thanks everyone for your participation!
June 29 – July 5 Vote tally to NOT SUPPORT the change to Multifamily was 6-1.
Objective L.2: Maintain a balanced residential character throughout the planning areas.
Recommendation 122: New, more intense residential development should contain a mixed use element and be located along major roadways.
Objective L.4: All new mixed use development should contain affordable units.
Recommendation 130: Encourage developers to take advantage of the
incentives to provide affordable housing in new mixed use developments.
Objective L.10: Establish a mixed use district at the southern end of the planning areas.
Dear North Lamar and Georgian Acres stakeholders,
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING AND VOTE by 5pm Thursday, July 5th:
YES, I SUPPORT THIS CHANGE or
NO, I DO NOT SUPPORT THIS CHANGE
You can vote by email to northlamar53 at gmail.com , by text to 512-554-6151, or on paper to 207 Red Oak Cir.
The City has received an application to change the Future Land Use Map (FLUM) from Neighborhood Mixed Use and Mixed Use/Office to Multifamily for 8 acres between E Powell and E Wonsley. The applicants have met with the neighborhood team and with other stakeholders to discussion their intentions and any community concerns. More information about those conversations is available on our website https://nlct.wordpress.com/ .
The developer says that if they don’t get the change, they intend to build an apartment complex with 220 efficiency apartments which will rent at market rate.
The developer says that if they do get the change, they intend to build an apartment complex with 258 apartments: a few three-bedroom, 36 two-bedroom, and the remainder split between one-bedroom and efficiencies. They anticipate that half of these apartments would be held as affordable for people making 60% of the median income for the Austin area.
Right now, they do not own the land. If the future land use map is changed, there is no requirement or guarantee that these particular projects would be built, by this developer or anyone else.
The neighborhood team recommendation to the City of Austin decisionmakers will be based on this vote. Thanks for your participation, and have a great Fourth of July!
vice chair, North Lamar/Georgian Acres neighborhood plan contact team