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11 April 2024

Understanding Austin's Proposed Zoning Changes (Part 1): Compatibility Regulations

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The City of Austin for a while now has been considering changes to compatibility zoning regulations to hopefully address housing issues and costs in the region.
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The City of Austin for a while now has been considering changes to compatibility zoning regulations to hopefully address housing issues and costs in the region. Compatibility rules manage the transition between single-family neighborhoods and taller and denser developments, by regulating things like building heights, screening, and design in the buffer zone.

Austin's compatibility regulations are among the strictest in the nation. The regulations aim to protect single-family neighborhoods, but as usual the law of unintended consequences hurts our housing affordability by reducing supply.

Here are some of the highlights of the city staff's recommendations:

  • Reduce compatibility zone from 540 feet to75 feet
  • Allow more height and flexibility within that 75-foot buffer
  • Allow exemptions such as for transportation-oriented development and small-scale multifamily
  • Reduce the number of properties triggering a buffer zone

A city analysis estimates that these changes, among others, could increase housing by an estimated 71,492 units.

Understanding these zoning changes can shed light on the city's efforts to address some of our housing affordability concerns. Stay informed to see how these changes may shape the future of Austin's real estate landscape.

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ARTICLE
11 April 2024

Understanding Austin's Proposed Zoning Changes (Part 1): Compatibility Regulations

United States Real Estate and Construction

Contributor

Foley & Lardner LLP looks beyond the law to focus on the constantly evolving demands facing our clients and their industries. With over 1,100 lawyers in 24 offices across the United States, Mexico, Europe and Asia, Foley approaches client service by first understanding our clients’ priorities, objectives and challenges. We work hard to understand our clients’ issues and forge long-term relationships with them to help achieve successful outcomes and solve their legal issues through practical business advice and cutting-edge legal insight. Our clients view us as trusted business advisors because we understand that great legal service is only valuable if it is relevant, practical and beneficial to their businesses.
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