On March 20, 2019 the City’s Planning and Zoning Department (PZD) convened a community meeting to discuss the application to change the Future Land Use Map (FLUM) for 711 W Powell from Mixed Use to Higher Density Single Family. This change was initiated by City Council, to be consistent with the zoning change City Council also initiated from CS-MU-V-NP (Commercial Services, Vertical Mixed Use) down to MH (Mobile Home).
Neither the property owner, property residents, or any property owner or utility account holders within 500 feet of the property attended the March 20 meeting.
PZD staff explained that two possible FLUM categories consistent with MH zoning are Higher Density Single Family and Multifamily. They chose Higher Density Single Family because it was less intense, even though it is further from our neighborhood plan’s current FLUM category of Mixed Use. They also explained that even though manufactured homes are single-family, MH zoning does not trigger the compatibility requirements (limitations on structures and uses of nearby properties) that SF zoning categories do. Changing the zoning to MH would impose additional setback requirements on adjacent properties.
Council staff described the intent of their FLUM change application was to provide a future decision point where Council could disapprove an application for a use for 711 W Powell which would not include mobile homes. Several other mobile home parks that were included in their application are much larger in area and in number of residents. Those also may include mobile homes owned by the residents, not rented as at 711 W Powell.
Staff confirmed that the City’s current tenant relocation ordinance would apply for residents of 711 W Powell under the current zoning and FLUM. Neighborhood team members raised the issues that the relocation ordinance still does not apply to other tenants, including the single family home across the street from this mobile home park, mobile homes on individual lots even when they were grouped together, and long-term motel residents.
Neighborhood team members noted that the property had been zoned general commercial for decades, with mixed use added in 2010. They described that the Future Land Use Map designation of vertical mixed use for the areas along 183 and N Lamar, including this property, was an intentional decision by neighborhood stakeholders during the neighborhood planning process. [Note: This density is also consistent with the City’s Strategic Housing Blueprint.] Neighborhood team members affirmed the desire for future additional housing, jobs, and commerce in this area, and expressed concern at spot zoning away from those goals.
The neighborhood team anticipates voting on a position on the application at their March 21 regular meeting, to be held 7pm at the North Austin Community Center (YMCA), 1000 W Rundberg.