Lake Travis - Westlake Edition | May 2021

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TwoWestlakedevelopments fall short of approval

Travis County offers COVID19 rental aid

BY THE NUMB E RS Two projects failed to receive zoning approval from West Lake City Council at its April 14 meeting. DELAYED: 15,000-square-foot medical oce building

BY AMY RAE DADAMO

WEST LAKE HILLS Zoning proposals for a medical oce and a small subdivision of homes both failed April 14 to win approval from West Lake Hills City Council. A group of local doctors and dentists plan to purchase a 30,000-square-foot property on Bee Caves Road for the medical oce building. The idea was to win variances that failed before the West Lake Hills Zoning and Planning Commission. The vari- ances concerned tree removal and the building’s height. After hearing concerns from resi- dents, on-site business owners and council, the developers withdrew their application to maintain right to reapproach the council within the year with a new proposal. The site at issue is at 3423 Bee Caves Road and would feature a two-story building and parking

garage, according to city sta. The proposed building exceeds the current 30-foot height limit and is 54 feet at its tallest elevation. During that same meeting, a proposal for an eight-home subdivision on Westlake Drive received unanimous denial because of noncompliance to city code. The potential development was slated for an 8.42-acre tract at 803 Westlake Drive. Many residents drew attention to the plan’s deviation from city code regarding minimum lot sizes. The zoning request is unusual in that a prior agreement was exe- cuted by the council in 1972, which supposedly allowed subdividing the land into eight lots at any future time, according to the city sta report. During the March council meet- ing, Mayor Linda Anthony said

BY OLIVIA ALDRIDGE

TRAVIS COUNTY Commissioners voted April 13 to establish a newpro- gram for emergency rental assistance, fundedwith $10.7million from the federal Emergency Rental Assistance Programof the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropria- tions Act of 2021. The programwill provide relief to Travis County residents struggling to pay rent as an eect of the coronavirus pandemic as well as low-income resi- dents experiencing housing instability. County Executive Sherry Fleming said the county will prioritize those unemployed for at least 90 days, those whose income is at or below 50% of the area median, and those who applied but did not receive aid from the Travis County’s 2020 COVID-19 assistance program. Bee Cave City Council Meets second and fourth Tuesdays MEETINGSWE COVER Meets rst Mondays, if needed, and third Mondays at 6:30 p.m. online. 512-314-7500 www.lakeway-tx.gov Rollingwood City Council Meets third Mondays at 6:30 p.m. online. 512-327-1838 www.cityofrollingwood.com West Lake Hills City Council Meets second and fourth Wednesdays at 7 p.m. 512-327-3628 www.westlakehills.org Instructions for meeting attendance are at each city’s website. at 6 p.m. 512-767-6600 www.beecavetexas.gov Lakeway City Council

• 54 feet tall at its highest elevation

DENIED: 8-lot subdivision • Request involves

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49-year right of way donation for Westlake Drive

SOURCE: CITY OF WEST LAKE HILLS COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

the original landowners agreed to donate land on the site for widen- ing Westlake Drive. While this donation was recorded with Travis County, an exact variance approval could not be located by city staff, according to Anjali Naini, West Lake Hills director of building and develop- ment services.

Zoning approved for housing on Flint Rock Road

PROPOSED LOCATIONS: C H E R R Y K N O L L

BY GREG PERLISKI

plans approved by the city before construction can begin. Before approving the measure, council members discussed how to assure the city is not left with an eye- sore if the project does not complete its proposed commercial phase. Developer Paul Shepherd of Cherry Knoll told council that the the project’s initial phase includes building park and open space, and that it would agree to grade and landscape the area intended for the commercial buildings as part of that phase of work.

LAKEWAY City Council unani- mously approved a zoning ordinance April 19 for a housing and commercial development at Flint Rock Road and Wild Cherry Drive. The owners of the property at 15617 Flint Rock Road, Cherry Knoll LLC, intend to build 126 single-fam- ily residential homes on about 22.86 acres, and on the northeast side of Flint Rock, a commercial center and public recreational space of about 3 acres. Although council approved zoning, proposals need development

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