Austin Sends Big Planned Unit Development Back to the Drawing Board
Vicky Garza reports on a massive master-planned community in limbo in the city of Austin: "After getting the thumbs-down from the Parks and Recreation Department last week, the Grove at Shoal Creek Planned Unit Development has been put in a two-week timeout by the Environmental Commission to give the developer time to address some outstanding environmental issues."
The Planning and Zoning Department as well as the Watershed Protection Department had approved the project prior to the Parks and Recreation Department . Planning and Zoning staff had negotiated the project to 2.4 million square feet of development—down from an originally proposed 2.9 million square feet. Among the requests included in a ten-item list of issues is an additional request to reduce the size of the project to 2.1 million square feet.
The article goes into more detail regarding the negotiations, both in the past and ongoing, between the city and developer ARG Bull Creek.