Downtown Austin Planning .mission Considers Major Changes-plustek

UnCategorized The Austin Planning .mission is considering making some significant changes in an effort to move forward with its plans for downtown Austin. One of the changes that is garnering a great deal of attention lately is the .mittee’s desire to wait another four months before it adopts a new density bonus program, which is intended to more effectively govern how much money developers are required to pay the city when builing tall structures in the downtown area. Currently, the "density bonus" program requires developers who wish to build structures that are taller than the city’s code to create affordable housing units or to pay into .munity benefits funds, such as those used to pay for housing and parks projects, in order to be granted permission to build the structure. Several consultants, however, are concerned that forcing builders of nonresidential structures to abide by these regulations will prevent them from initiating development projects. In addition to potentially changing these regulations, the Austin Planning .mission .mittee is also asking the .missioners to support the creation of a citizen advisory task force. This task force "would be charged to examine a range of issues and to make sure the right questions are asked and answered before adopting a plan." Starting this task force would help to address growing concerns surrounding transparency in government actions while also making it easier to obtain much needed .munity input. "I am concerned that people who work downtown have had a chance to get their voice heard," said mayor Lee Leffingwell. "This [plan] is one of the largest things that does not have a citizen’s advisory board." Charlie Betts, who is the Executive Director of the Downtown Austin Alliance, doesn’t necessarily agree with the mayor. Rather, he feels the staff and consultants have done a good job seeking input and he is pleased with the process that has been made so far. "We felt like we have always been heard," said Betts. "How many .munity meetings do you need?" Over the past two years, Erica Leak of the Austin Neighborhood Planning and Zoning Department claims their have been 50 meetings held, with hundreds of people giving their input. "There are parties interested in a lot of different issues, and getting those parties to agree will be quite a challenge," said Leak. "At some point you have to say, ‘We have heard input from a wide variety of people and interests,’ and at some point you do have to decide." No.heless, Betts agrees that a delay is not necessarily a bad ting, so long as the time is used to help attract more developers to the area so the downtown Austin area can continue to grow. About the Author: 相关的主题文章: