Austin City Council Grants “Zombie” Projects a New Life

September 3, 2013 by Russell Yeager

On Thursday, August 29, 2013, Austin City Council Members officially breathed some new life into once dormant projects. The City had been expiring these projects under a project duration ordinance enacted as a temporary measure amidst confusion among state legislators over land use policies enacted more than a decade ago in Texas. For more explanation as to the genesis and explanation of the issue, please reference BIG RED DOG’s past blog entries on the subject: the Attorney General’s opinion on the matter, Planning Commission’s take on the issue, and a recap of the State Legislature’s action regarding land use legislation.

The latest theme from this is that City leaders recognized there was a problem, and they are fixing it. We applaud our City leaders for taking this final step in ameliorating a problem that has existed since the economic downturn and taking the proper steps to address it at this juncture.

Austin City Council’s action last Thursday will grant a one-year extension to some projects offered up between 2006 and 2010 that had previously been expired under the once active and since repealed project duration ordinance. There are more than 100 plans – including multi-family, office, and other products – that now have a chance for revival. However, projects over the aquifer are not granted a similar fate. They will remain dormant and if activated, will have to comply with current land use regulations.

The duration and expiration of projects across Texas is an issue BIG RED DOG takes very seriously. We monitor and are active in every regulatory issue in order to provide our clients with the best possible service.

Written by Russell Yeager

Russell Yeager

As Market Director for our Commercial Services practice, Russell Yeager is responsible for managing our Raving Fans and prospective clients, overseeing the performance of our project design teams, steering our brand marketing strategy, and spearheading our community outreach and volunteer efforts. Russell is a proud University of Texas graduate – Hook ‘Em! He and his wife Jordan live in Northwest San Antonio.