The Neighborhood Coalition is the voice of concerned Austinites who love and wish to celebrate the quirkiness of Austin. We stand for the care and improvement of our City through thoughtful interaction and considered development that gives back to the neighborhoods and communities. We do not oppose reasonable development that keeps in mind the Austinites who live here.
In the past few years, the City Council has begun the process of over-developing our City
without regard for the character and beauty that made Austin so special. They have done this
through (among other things) a process called a Planned Unit Development (a “PUD”), which
is a costly process that allows developers direct access to the City Council to request rezoning
of specific properties (spot zoning). A PUD allows big developers to write their own zoning rules, with zero regard for the existing Land Development Code. To date, the City has approved
every PUD request it has received.
These PUDs affect all Austinites, as we now watch generic, bloated buildings pop up without
regard for how they affect neighbors. We are currently focusing on the gateway to Zilker/Barton Springs PUD request for 517 South Lamar Blvd.