Miscellaneous Issues

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This is a catch-all page for CodeNEXT suggestions on subjects that may or may not have their own articles yet. Feel free to leave comment suggestions here if you're not sure where they go.


Comment Page/Section Issues Opposing Commenter, if any
We should add an item to factors the historic commission should be able to consider which is how the new use compared to the current use helps to solve our housing shortage. This should not be the only factor to be considered but it should be allowed to be one consideration

23-7D-2020 B pdf 38

Historic Preservation Preservation Austin

At the very top Preservation Austin has a comment on the heading. In their comment they want the applicant to do historic review instead of the city so the applicant takes on liability. This means that no one will do a demo because they don't know how to do things like "newspaper research". Additionally no one will want to take on the liability. This means if Preservation Austin finds the first person to burp on Youtube lived in the house they can sue the applicant. I am sure they would prefer this because suing the city is much more difficult. This would have a chilling effect on new housing. I would not respond to Preservation Austin but make a new comment.

23-7D-1020 pdf 30

Historic Preservation Preservation Austin

Historic review should be trigged by a property being 80 years old not 50. Preservation Austin didn't comment here but elsewhere they argue it should be reduced to 45 elsewhere Historic Preservation

The status quo should be maintained. This encourages us to look for historic structures throughout the city. Not wait until a demo permit is issued and then run out and try to make it historic. This leads to affordability issues because it adds more delays to an already complicated entitlement process. Instead we should look for historic structures neighborhood by neighborhood instead of waiting until the permit process has already started

23-7D-1030 C pdf 32

Historic Preservation

Preservation Austin has a huge number of comments on something called "Demolition by Neglect". They want harsher penalities etc. Basically if Preservation Austin is able to declare a place historic now the owner must pay the taxes and the upkeep. They are unable to redevelop the property and the upkeep can be expensive because of the rules about how the property must be maintained. Because of the high cost this can frequently lead to financial ruin (like the family in Clarksville that owns the neighborhood diner). This might be a reach but we should ask the city to pay for maintenance when a property is zoned historic against an owners wishes. This would make the city only want to declare properties historic that were truly historic. 23-7D-1030 C pdf 34 Historic Preservation

Preservation Austin