West Austin Neighborhood Group

Preserving and Protecting West Austin


    WANG’s Guidelines for Variance and Zoning Requests

    October 5th, 2009
    by admin

    Guidelines for Variance and Zoning Requests

    Barring extenuating circumstances, WANG’s Executive Board adheres to the following position statement:

    • WANG requests that neighbors seeking variance requests provide copies of all city documentation to the WANG Executive Committee at a regularly scheduled Executive Committee Meeting prior to their hearing by the Board of Adjustment.  We have no choice but to oppose variance requests for which we have no details or documentation.
    • WANG will oppose any variance requests seeking to increase the impervious cover limits.
    • WANG will oppose fence height variance requests.
    • WANG will support neighbors in their opposition to variance requests by proximate neighbors.
    • WANG will oppose variance requests in the case of egregious violations of city codes (e.g. knowingly building the incursion then applying for the variance).
    • In instances in which we do not receive sufficient notification of variance requests, WANG requests that neighbors agree to postpone their hearing pending review of their request by the WANG Executive Committee at our regularly scheduled monthly meeting.  If agreement to postpone is not granted, WANG would be forced to oppose the variance request.

    These guidelines are not intended to list all possible variance scenarios that can arise.  However, they do address areas of primary concern for our neighborhood, and we want to be sure that you are aware of these guidelines in case you are considering developing your property.  For further information about WANG and your rights and responsibilities as a property owner, please see our March 2003 newsletter at www.deepeddy.com/wang/newsletter/Mar_2003_%20Newsletter.pdf.

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