Zilker Neighborhood Association
Austin, Texas 78704

211 South Lamar (Taco PUD)

This is the proposed project at 211 South Lamar Blvd (the southeast corner of South Lamar Blvd and West Riverside Dr), formerly the site of Taco Cabana and is located within the Waterfront Overlay. The project address is also sometimes referred to as 1211 West Riverside Dr. The image to the left is the applicant's redering of what the project will look like.

In 2013, the City Council approved an ordinance changing the zoning from CS/CS-V to PUD and allowed an increase in height from 60 feet to 96 feet. ZNA opposed the ordinance because the height increase is inconsistent with the desire to prevent tall buildings close to the lake and park and because LDC § 25-2-144 (D) requires that "a PUD district must include at least 10 acres of land, unless the property is characterized by special circumstances, including unique topographic constraints." The City staff concluded that the site is characterized by special circumstances. ZNA believes this was flawed a conclusion, but the staff's justification is given in the Staff Report. In approving the height increase, the City Council also allowed condominium residential, multi-family residential, cocktail lounges (<5,000sf), and liquor sales (<2,500sf) uses, but specifically prohibited a number of uses (e.g., hotel use) that would typically be allowed in CS zoning and the Waterfront Overlay. Under the new PUD zoning, if the developers limited the height to 60 feet, all uses given in CS zoning and the Waterfront Overlay would be allowed. At that time, a multi-residential building was proposed by the developer involved with the project. That project never proceeded past the PUD rezoning phase.

On 20 Nov 2018, a new developer submitted an application to amend the zoning ordinance to allow a previously prohibited use (i.e, a hotel) and to also change other requirements in the ordinance. Under the current PUD zoning ordinance, the developer can still build a hotel without a zoning change if the height is limited to 60 feet. The ZNA Executive Committee currently opposes the new application to amend the zoning ordinance since a 60-foot hotel can still be built without changing the zoning ordinance approved by the City Council in 2013, and the proposed PUD project does not seem to comply with the Waterfront Overlay Code Requirements and Traffic Impact Analysis Requirements.

The following hearings have been conducted or are scheduled:

Proposed 2019 Project

Related Documents

Original 2013 Project

 

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