Friends of Hyde Park Requests Planning Commission Change Baker Center Rezoning

Planning Commission, Friends of Hyde Park requests that the rezoning for the property located at 3908 Avenue B as CS-HD-NCCD-NP be denied. Instead, we request the zoning of the property be approved as CS-HD-NP with the same requested entitlements or that this rezoning case be delayed until after the adoption of CodeNEXT. The only difference[…]

Friends of Hyde Park CodeNEXT Draft 3 Response and Recommendations

CodeNEXT Draft 3 incorporates some minor improvements over Draft 1, Draft 2, and our current land development code. However, the latest draft still falls far short of the changes that are needed in order to address affordability, transportation, and social equity in a meaningful way. Draft 3 will continue to push new development into gentrifying[…]

If You Thought Hyde Park Had a Lot Of Missing Middle Housing, You’d Be Wrong

Most people think that Hyde Park is full of what’s called missing middle housing or middle income housing. This may have been true at one time, but that’s no longer the case. According to information obtained from the Travis County Central Appraisal District there are only 9 triplexes and 7 fourplexes that remain in Hyde[…]

When It Comes to “Calcutta,” Words Matter

When It Comes to “Calcutta,” Words Matter Comments expressed in KUT’s article “A Word About Your Responses To Our CodeNEXT Language Story” have no place in our civic discussion, especially when the specter of Jim Crow still lives on in Austin’s land development code. Friends of Hyde Park (FOHP), the largest neighborhood association in Hyde Park[…]

Austin’s ADU Ordinance May Be Illegal (Garage Apts, Granny Flats, Tiny Homes)

In November of 2015 the Austin City Council voted to approve a city wide change to allow ADUs (accessory dwellings units – also known as garage apartments, granny flats, tiny homes, or secondary homes) on all SF-3 zoned lots as small as 5,750 sqft in every neighborhood in Austin and to reduce burdensome parking requirements that can prevent ADUs[…]

Is Hyde Park “Exclusively for White People” Again?

Is Hyde Park “Exclusively for White People” Again? Austin City Council and CodeNEXT Staff Must Answer Questions In CodeNEXT, Neighborhood Conservation Combining Districts (NCCDs) creating de-facto zoning barriers to class and race is not a zoning code. It’s a betrayal of Austin values. Friends of Hyde Park, the largest neighborhood association in Hyde Park, has unanswered[…]

Friends of Hyde Park Voting Results – Business Parking Requirements, Baker Center Development, Ridgetop Elementary School

Friends of Hyde Park recently voted on 3 resolutions and our 2017 board elections. I’ve included the voting results below. 101 people voted total out of our 372 members. The full voting results and full text of all resolutions can be found here: http://friendsofhydepark.atxfriends.org/record-of-votes/ Relaxing Quack’s and Neighborhood Business Parking Requirements: Passed with 91 out[…]

CodeNEXT Q&A

Friends of Hyde Park and Friends of Austin Neighborhoods (FAN) are co-hosting a CodeNEXT Q&A with Paul DiGiuseppe (Principal Planner at Austin Planning and Review Department) and Jorge Rousselin (Austin Planning and Zoning Department). If you’re curious about what the CodeNEXT test areas are all about, how to get involved in the CodeNEXT process, or[…]