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[CALL TO ORDER ]

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I WAS IN IMPLANTING, COMMITTED TO ORDER HERE AT AUSTIN CITY HALL, 3 0 1 WEST SECOND STREET ON MAY 31ST, 2022.

THE TIME IS 3 0 6.

[Public Communication: General ]

I'M GOING TO BE CALLING FOR CALL FOR PUBLIC SPEAKERS.

I BELIEVE WE HAVE FOUR PEOPLE SIGN UP TO SPEAK TODAY.

EACH ONE, EACH ONE WILL HAVE THREE MINUTES.

SO, UM, I'M GOING TO CALL THE FIRST SPEAKER.

HIS NAME IS CHRIS F LEAN-TO I COULD AFTERNOON MAYOR AND COUNCIL MEMBERS.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME TODAY.

MY NAME IS CHRIS .

I AM THE PRESIDENT OF HEARTWOOD REAL ESTATE GROUP.

WE'RE A MULTI-FAMILY REAL ESTATE DEVELOPER IN AUSTIN.

UM, I SPENT A LOT OF TIME LOOKING THROUGH THE MAY 17TH DRAFT PROPOSAL TO, UM, COMPATIBILITY AND PARKING.

AND, UM, I DID A BUNCH OF RESEARCH ON IT AND I WANTED TO SHARE SOME OF MY RESEARCH WITH YOU.

SO KIND OF NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THIS IS STRAIGHT FROM YOUR PROPOSAL.

THIS IS JUST THE, THE NEW RULES THAT WOULD GO INTO EFFECT.

AND WHAT I DID IS I, UM, I, UH, WITH THE HELP OF MY FRIENDS AT DATING THE KEITH AND ARCHITECTURE, I MADE A MAP THAT SHOWS COLOR CODES EACH OF THE PARCELS.

AND, UM, IF A PARCEL CAN ACHIEVE WITH THESE RULES, UM, AT LEAST FIVE STORIES I CODED IN GREEN, AND IF IT'S THREE STORIES OR LESS, UH, CODED IN RED.

SO, UH, KIND OF NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

SO THIS IS THE, UH, SOUTH AUSTIN MAJOR CORRIDOR SOUTH LAMAR, SOUTH FIRST SOUTH CONGRESS.

AS YOU CAN SEE, THERE'S A LOT OF RED PARCELS HERE, AND THERE'S A LOT OF GREEN PARCELS TOO, BUT WHAT I WANT YOU TO CONSIDER IS THE FACT THAT MOST OF THESE BIG GREEN PARCELS ARE ALREADY REDEVELOPED, OR THEY CAN ALREADY ACHIEVE DENSITY UNDER THE CURRENT RULES.

UM, CAN I GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE PLEASE? ANOTHER ONE IS SEES A CHILD AS IT'S KIND OF THE SAME DEAL.

UH, MOST PARCELS CAN'T EVEN ACHIEVE MORE THAN THREE STORIES.

UM, AND THEN THERE ARE A COUPLE OF BIG GREEN PARCELS THAT ARE EITHER ALREADY ALL REDEVELOPED OR THEY'RE IN THE PROCESS OF BEING REDEVELOPED AND REGARDLESS THEY COULD ALWAYS ACHIEVE FIVE STORIES.

UM, AND SO, UH, WHAT DO WE DO ABOUT THAT? I MEAN, IN MY OPINION, I THINK THAT THIS PROPOSAL DOES NOT GO FAR ENOUGH TO ACTUALLY CREATE MORE DENSITY, ESPECIALLY ON THESE CORRIDORS.

AND I THINK THAT, UM, IF WE ACTUALLY WANT TO BE ABLE TO ADD A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF NEW HOUSING UNITS THAT WE WEREN'T ABLE TO ADD BEFORE, UM, I THINK THAT WE NEED TO TAKE THIS A STEP FURTHER.

AND SO, UM, I, UM, I HAD ONE IDEA THAT, UM, I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOU REAL QUICK, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE, WHICH IS TO KEEP EXISTING COMPATIBILITY IN PLACE OR COMPATIBILITY AS AMENDED BY THIS PROPOSAL IN PLACE, BUT AT A 100 FOOT EXEMPTION, NOT FROM THE TRIGGERING PROPERTY, BUT FROM THE CORRIDOR.

SO IF YOU, UH, IF YOU HAVE A, SAY 150 FOOT LOT AND A LARGER COURT IN THE CORRIDOR, AND THIS FIRST EXAMPLE, YOUR FIRST 150, OR IS YOUR FIRST 100 FEET FROM THE CORRIDOR ARE NOT SUBJECT TO COMPATIBILITY.

AND THE COMPATIBILITY KICKS IN AFTER 100 FEET.

UM, CAN YOU GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE ACTUALLY SKIP TO IF YOU DON'T MIND.

SO WHAT THAT DOES IS THAT OPENS UP A LOT MORE GREEN.

WHAT YOU'RE SEEING IS PARCELS GO FROM RED TO GREEN, WHERE THOSE PARCELS ARE SMALL.

THOSE ARE THE PARCELS THAT GENERALLY ARE RIGHT FOR REDEVELOPMENT BECAUSE THEY'RE SMALL.

YOU HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO REDEVELOPMENT IN THE PAST AND, UM, WE REALLY NEED, UM, YOU KNOW, A, AN ORDINANCE IN PLACE THAT WILL ACTUALLY ADDRESS THOSE SMALLER PARCELS.

AND, YOU KNOW, I THINK ABOUT WHAT 100 FEET MEANS IT'S ABOUT 33 YARDS.

YOU KNOW, I COULD THROW A FOOTBALL THAT FAR.

SO IF YOU'VE GOT A DECENT ARM, I CAN STAND IN THE CORRIDOR AND, UH, YOU CAN STAND ON YOUR PROPERTY.

THAT'S TRIGGERING, UM, A REDEVELOPMENT, 100 FEET AWAY.

I CAN PLAY A GAME OF CATCH WITH YOU, RIGHT? THAT'S REALLY, REALLY CLOSE TO THE COURT OR TO BE EFFECTING COMPATIBILITY IN SUCH A WAY THAT REALLY RESTRICTS ALL OF THESE HOUSING UNITS.

AND SO IF YOU'VE GOT A REALLY DEEP QUARTER AND THERE'S RESIDENTIAL THAT RESIDENTIAL, THAT BACKS UP TO IT, COMPATIBILITY CAN STILL KICK IN IF YOU'RE SO CLOSE TO THE CORRIDOR THAT ALL YOU HAVE IS A HUNDRED FEET TO WORK WITH.

YOU'RE SO CLOSE TO THE CORRIDOR.

ANYWAY, WHY DON'T WE JUST LET FIVE STORIES.

THANK YOU.

NEXT SPEAKER IS GREG ANDERSON.

CAN YOU SEND THAT, UH, POWERPOINT TO THE OFFICES? COUNCIL OFFICES.

THANK YOU.

CAN I HAVE A QUESTION? CAN I ASK YOU A QUESTION? OH, I DIDN'T QUITE UNDERSTAND.

SO THE, THE ANALYSIS THAT YOU DID, WHERE WERE YOU DOING THAT? BASED ON THE PROPOSAL AND ITEM 66.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

NEXT SPEAKER IS GREG ANDERSON ON STANDBY IS A

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JP CONLEY EVERYBODY.

THANK YOU, MAYOR.

THANK YOU, COUNCIL MEMBERS FOR BEING HERE TODAY.

I'M REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THIS ITEM AND DEFINITELY EXCITED WHEN DEVELOPERS AND HOME BUILDERS ARE WILLING TO COME IN AND SPEAK ABOUT THIS.

I'VE BEEN REACHING OUT TO A LOT OF DIFFERENT HOME BUILDERS AROUND AUSTIN.

I'M LIKE, HEY, LIKE WHAT'S THE BIGGEST IMPEDIMENT.

THEY ALL SAY COMPATIBILITY.

A LOT OF THEM SAY PARKING REQUIREMENTS.

THEN THEY SAY COMPATIBILITY.

AND IT'S INTERESTING BECAUSE A LOT OF THEM DON'T WANT TO COME DOWN HERE AND I TRY AND TALK TO THEM.

I'M LIKE, WHY DON'T YOU WANT TO COME DOWN AND SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS? LIKE YOU WANT TO BUILD THIS PRODUCT? WHY DON'T YOU COME DOWN AND SHARE WHAT CAN MAKE IT EASIER FOR YOU TO BUILD THE THING WE NEED THE MOST IN AUSTIN, WHICH IS HOUSING AND GOOD, WELL LOCATED TRANSIT RICH AREAS.

AND THE ANSWER IS, WELL, IF THE CITY OF AUSTIN DOESN'T WANT TO ALLOW US TO BUILD THIS HERE, WE'LL BUILD OUT THERE.

THERE'S A REASON WHY GEORGETOWN IS THE FASTEST GROWING CITY IN AMERICA OF CITIES, OVER FIVE OR 50,000 PEOPLE.

THERE'S A REASON THERE'S 3000 HOUSING PERMITS IN LIBERTY HILL AND TENS OF THOUSANDS AND HAYES COUNTY.

AND UNLESS WE'RE JUST OKAY WITH CONTINUING TO PUSH EVERYBODY OUT AND, AND KEEPING THE, YOU KNOW, INCREDIBLE DEMAND FOR THE EXISTING HOUSING INVENTORY, THE WAY IT IS.

AND WE REALLY HAVE TO FIGURE OUT WAYS TO ALLOW FOR A LOT MORE HOUSING TO BE BUILT AND WITH OUR RULES OF COMPATIBILITY AND WITH US TRYING TO SIMPLY AMEND IT AND STILL KEEP THE WORST, MOST STRINGENT COMPATIBILITY LIKE STANDARDS IN THE COUNTRY AND THE CITY.

THAT'S DESPERATE FOR HOUSING.

THAT'S PROBABLY NOT GOING TO GET US THERE.

AND SO I JUST WANT TO REMIND EVERYONE THAT WHILE WE DON'T HAVE INCLUSIONARY ZONING, WE DO HAVE DENSITY BONUSES.

AND IF THOSE AREN'T WORKING, THAT'S 100% ON US, OUR DENSITY BONUSES WILL ONLY PRODUCE WHAT WE ALLOW THEM TO PRODUCE AND COMPATIBILITY KILLS HOW MANY TENS OF THOUSANDS OF UNITS OF WHICH, WHAT PERCENTAGE OF THAT ARE AFFORDABLE.

AND LAST THING I'D LIKE TO SHARE IS I REALLY HOPE THAT WE CAN WORK WITH STAFF TO COME UP WITH THE RIGHT CALIBRATION OF EMU AND THE AFFORDABILITY REQUIREMENTS.

UM, I I'M, I'M HEARING CONVERSATIONS OF, WELL, LET'S JUST MAKE IT BIGGER BECAUSE YOU KNOW, COSTS ARE UP SO MUCH AND EVERYONE IS DOING SO WELL.

BUT THE FACT IS, UM, I'VE TALKED TO A LOT OF FOLKS WHO ARE FACING 33% COST INCREASES IN THE LAST 18 MONTHS.

AND THEY'RE LOOKING AT 1.5% COST INCREASES PER MONTH.

RIGHT NOW, MOVING FORWARD.

THEY'RE, THEY'RE PUTTING THINGS OUT FOR VALUE ENGINEERING THAT ARE COMING BACK 20% HIGHER THAN WHERE THEY WERE BEFORE THEY EVEN STARTED THAT PROCESS.

HAD THEY NOT DONE VALUE ENGINEERING TO BE 40% HIGHER? AND SO JUST THE THINGS WE CAN SAY, WELL, LET'S JUST TWEAK THAT AFFORDABILITY LEVEL UP BECAUSE IT FEELS GOOD.

IT SOUNDS GOOD.

THERE COULD BE BIG CONSEQUENCES TO THAT.

SO LET'S JUST REALLY TRY AND KEEP THAT DATA-DRIVEN IF WE CAN.

THANK YOU ALL.

GO AHEAD.

THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN MR. ANDERSON.

I HAVE A QUICK QUESTION FOR YOU.

I HAVE FOUND THAT IN HAVING THESE CONVERSATIONS ABOUT SORT OF RELATIVELY OBSCURE SUBJECT MATTER, UM, FOR PEOPLE WHO, FOR WHOM THIS IS IN OUR AREA OF EXPERTISE, GRAPHICS ARE VERY HELPFUL.

UM, AND SO, YOU KNOW, WHEN I'M TALKING TO CONSTITUENTS ABOUT HOUSING AND YOU START USING TERMINOLOGY LIKE FLORIDA AREA RATIO AND COMBAT ABILITY AND, UM, MINIMUM LOT SIZES AND IMPERVIOUS COVER, SOMETIMES FOLKS REALLY JUST DON'T KNOW WHAT THE HECK YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT IN WHICH CASE I WONDER.

UM, SO WHEN YOU SAY, UH, I CAN'T REMEMBER EXACTLY HOW YOU SAID IT VERBATIM, BUT YOU IMPLIED THAT OUR COMPATIBILITY REGULATIONS, UM, ARE A BARRIER TO THE PRODUCTION OF HOUSING.

YOU SAID TENS OF THOUSANDS.

UM, IT, IT SOUNDS LIKE RHETORIC WHEN IT'S JUST WORDS, ARE THERE GRAPHICS TO DISPLAY THAT, UM, DATA, THANK YOU FOR ASKING, UH, WHEN THE CONSULTANTS WERE HERE LOOKING AT OUR NEW LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE, WHICH IS NOW 37 YEARS OLD COUNCIL VOTED UNANIMOUSLY TO REPLACE IT BACK IN 2012, ALMOST 10 YEARS AGO, IT, THEY CALLED OUT COMPATIBILITY BEING THE SINGLE BIGGEST INHIBITOR TO HOUSING IN THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

AND RECENTLY I BELIEVE CITY STAFF DID RELEASE A LOT OF COMPARISONS TO PEER CITIES.

THE ONE THING THEY DIDN'T RELEASE THOUGH, ARE THE CITIES THAT DON'T HAVE COMPATIBILITY IN WHICH CASE YOU'D HIT THAT PROPERTY LINE.

AND IT WOULD JUST GO 90 DEGREES UP.

IT'D BE REALLY GREAT TO SEE THOSE CITIES AS WELL, BECAUSE THEY'RE NOT SUFFERING AS BADLY AS WE ARE HERE IN AUSTIN BECAUSE OF OUR OWN MISSTEPS OR INACTION, IF YOU WOULD.

UH, SO JUST TO CIRCLE BACK THAT THAT THOSE GRAPHICS DO EXIST, AND THOSE ARE THINGS THAT WE COULD BE REVIEWING.

THAT'S CORRECT.

NOT QUITE FOR ALL THE PROPOSALS, JUST BECAUSE THEY'RE NEW AND I'M NOT AN ARCHITECT, BUT HOPEFULLY WE CAN TALK TO SOME ARCHITECTS TO GRAPH THESE.

THAT'D BE GREAT.

AND I'LL HOPE TO LOOK INTO THAT FOR YOU.

THAT'D BE GREAT.

I, I SUSPECT THAT MOVING FORWARD, WE'RE REALLY GOING TO BE DIALING INTO THIS CONVERSATION.

IT'S ONE OF THOSE THINGS I SAY LIKE THE WINTER STORM AFFECTED EVERYBODY.

EVERYBODY IS COLD.

EVERYBODY WAS SITTING IN THE DARK CORONAVIRUS AFFECTED EVERYBODY.

SO I THINK IN LARGE PART CONVERSATIONS AROUND AFFORDABILITY, ESPECIALLY IN HOUSING FOLKS WHO ARE HOUSED COMFORTABLY, DON'T TYPICALLY ENGAGE IN THESE CONVERSATIONS, BUT NOW THAT AFFORDABILITY, YOU KNOW, RESTRICTIONS ARE REALLY AFFECTING EVERYBODY.

I THINK THE CONVERSATION IS MORE, UM, BROAD.

AND SO I THINK AS WE MOVE INTO RECOGNIZING THAT MORE FOLKS ARE GOING TO BE HAVING THIS CONVERSATION, I THINK IT'LL BE PRETTY CRITICAL TO HAVE AS MUCH, YOU KNOW, SORT OF BACKGROUND

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AND DATA AND VISUAL AIDS AS POSSIBLE.

THANK YOU.

LOVE IT, LOVE IT.

THANK YOU.

AND I ALSO LOVE TO REMEMBER THE FACT THAT COMPATIBILITY IS TRIGGERED BY OUR LEAST AFFORDABLE LEAST SUSTAINABLE FORM OF HOUSING.

AND SO WHATEVER WE CAN DO TO ALLOW THE CORRIDORS TO BE TRANSIT SUPPORTIVE CORRIDORS, THE BETTER THANK YOU AND NOT ATTACH.

UH, I BELIEVE THAT THE STAFF IS GOING TO MAKE A PRESENTATION WITH SOME GRAPHIC ALTO.

UH, THE NEXT SPEAKER IS, UH, JP CALMLY ABOUT BLAIR ON MY CAR.

YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

UH, THANK YOU, MAYOR AND COUNCIL MEMBERS FOR BEING HERE TODAY.

UH, I'M AN ARCHITECT WITH DAVEY MICKEY THROUGH AN ARCHITECTURE.

AND, UH, I WORKED WITH CHRIS AT VIDEO THIS BETTER.

ALRIGHT.

UH, AS I WAS SAYING, MY NAME IS BLAIR MCKAY.

I'M AN ARCHITECT WITH DAVEY MAKITA AND ARCHITECTURE.

WE WORK WITH HEARTWOOD AND I'M HERE TO PRESENT TO YOU A CASE STUDY FOR 600 CUMBERLAND, WHICH IS A PROJECT THAT WE SORT OF PUT TOGETHER A DIAGRAM FOR TO KIND OF GIVE YOU, UH, AN ILLUSTRATIVE EXAMPLE OF WHAT THE GRV ZONING BY, RIGHT ON THE, THESE THREE LOTS, GIVE YOU AN YIELD OF UNITS AND PARKING VERSUS A VMU TWO WITH, YOU KNOW, RELAXED, AFFORDED, UH, RELAXED COMPATIBILITY.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

UM, SO THIS IS THE CURRENT CURRENT LOT THAT WE'RE DESIGNING A, UH, UH, PROJECT FOR.

THERE ARE LOTS THAT ARE GRV G R N G R V AGAIN.

SO THEY'RE, THEY'RE PUT TOGETHER IN COMBINATION AGGREGATED AND WE HAVE A NEIGHBORING SINGLE FAMILY NEIGHBORHOOD TO THE BACK OF US WHERE THE RED LINE STARTS.

SO THERE'S A 25 FOOT, NO STRUCTURE ZONE HERE.

AND THIS IS THE, UH, RESIDENT.

THIS IS THE STREET LEVEL, UH, RESIDENTIAL SIDE.

ACTUALLY, CAN YOU GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE PLEASE? SORRY.

THIS IS THE STREET LEVEL THAT HAS THE PARKING COMING IN OFF OF FIRST STREET.

AND THEN WE HAVE TO BE ABLE TO PARK FOR THE NUMBER OF RESIDENTIAL UNITS WE HAVE ON HERE, WHICH IS WE'RE ONLY TO GET 12 UNITS, UM, BASED ON THE, THE, THE COMPATIBILITY SETBACK.

AND SO WE WERE ONLY ABLE TO GO TWO STORIES UP ON, UH, FIRST STREET, WHICH IS A PART OF THE MEDIUM SIZE TRANSIT CORRIDOR.

AND SO WE WERE ABLE TO PARK UNDERGROUND, WHICH IS QUITE EXPENSIVE FOR A DEVELOPMENT OR A PROJECT LIKE THIS TO ONLY HAVE 12 UNITS.

I KNOW WE'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO TALK ABOUT COST TO THE DEVELOPER, BUT IT'S, IF YOU HAVE TO GO UNDERGROUND, IT'S QUITE EXPENSIVE.

SO FOR 12 UNITS, UH, ON THE FIRST FLOOR, CAN YOU GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE AND SOME COMMERCIAL ALSO ON THE, ON THE, ON THE STREET LEVEL? UM, THAT'S SORT OF LIKE WHAT OUR YIELD IS.

SO WE ALSO HAVE POWER POLES OUT IN FRONT, OR THERE ARE OTHER UTILITIES THAT WE HAVE TO CONSIDER WHEN WE'RE BUILDING PROJECTS LIKE THIS.

LIKE, THERE IS A THREE-PHASE POWER POLE THAT HAS A 10 FOOT RADIUS AROUND IT CURRENTLY.

AND THEN WE HAVE TO HAVE OUR, YOU KNOW, SUB CHAPTER E UH, PLANTING ZONES IN SIDEWALKS ZONES.

AND THEN WE HAVE MINIMUMS OR SUB CHAPTER YVES, UH, COMMERCIAL SPACES AND STUFF LIKE THAT.

SO IT REALLY JUST GIVES YOU A SORT OF A SNAPSHOT OF LIKE WHAT DIAGRAMMATICALLY YOU CAN GET FROM A LOT, THAT'S A HALF OF AN ACRE OFF OF A MEDIUM SIZE TRANSIT, UM, CORRIDOR.

UM, SO IF YOU GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, THIS IS, UH, THE VIEW TO ALTERNATIVE ZONING, WHERE THERE IS RELAXED COMPATIBILITY, SO THAT WE CAN GO UP TO 90 FEET ON THE SPOT ON THESE THREE AGGREGATED LOTS.

UM, WE STILL HAVE RESIDENTIAL PARKING, BUT WE HAVE IT, UH, ABOVE, UH, THE, THE GROUND.

WE ALSO HAVE PEDESTRIAN ORIENTED COMMERCIAL ZONES, UH, LEASING OFFICE FOR THE, FOR THE 90 UNITS AND BACK OF HOUSE STUFF, UH, AND MORE COMMERCIAL TO OTHERS.

CAN YOU GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE PLEASE? UM, THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT THE UNIT STRUCTURE WOULD LOOK LIKE.

THEY'RE FAIRLY, YOU KNOW, 400 TO 500 SQUARE FOOT UNITS.

UM, THEY GO UP FOR, COULD YOU GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE PLEASE? UM, THIS IS SORT OF THE SECTION BREAKDOWN OF WHAT THIS BUILDING COULD BE WITH.

IT'D BE A MEWTWO WITH RELAXED COMPATIBILITY.

CAN YOU GO TO THE VERY LAST SLIDE? AND THIS IS, THESE ARE THE TWO SIDE-BY-SIDE JUST TO GIVE YOU A SNAPSHOT OF WHAT YOU CAN POSSIBLY GET, YOU KNOW, YIELD WITH A NEW, UM, BONUS DISNEY BONUS PROGRAM.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR TIME.

WHAT IS THE RELAXED DENSITY? WHAT IS THE RELAXED DENSITY THAT YOU WERE LIBERAL AX COMPATIBILITY? YOU WERE ASSUMING IN THAT SCHOOL? YES, SIR.

SO BECAUSE OF THAT BACK LOT LINE WITHIN 25 FEET, YOU CAN'T BUILD ANYTHING.

AND THEN THE NEXT 25 FEET IS ONLY TWO STORIES.

AND SO THAT WITH A VERY NARROW LOT, THAT'S ONLY 82 FEET.

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WE CAN'T REALLY GO ABOVE TWO FEET FOR THAT, FOR THAT WHOLE THREE LOT AGGREGATED.

BUT IF WE HAVE THE RELAXED COMPATIBILITY SETBACKS, AND THERE'S NO COMPATIBILITY, LET'S SAY, OR WITHIN THE FIRST HUNDRED FEET, THERE'S NO COMPATIBILITY SETBACK THAT WE HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT AND WE CAN GO UP TO 90 FEET.

THEN WE CAN HAVE A FIVE OVER TWO WITH COMMERCIAL DOWN BELOW.

SO THE RELAXED COMPATIBILITY YOU WERE ASSUMING IN THAT SCENARIO WAS THE ABILITY TO GO TO 90 FEET ANYWHERE ON THE TRACK.

YES.

OKAY.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

OKAY.

AND THE QUESTION, GO AHEAD.

WELL, WHOEVER YOU WANT TO CALL ON PURSE IS FINE.

SO, SO, UM, I, I'M SORRY, I COULDN'T FOLLOW IT.

HOW DEEP IS THE LOT? IT'S ABOUT 85 FEET DEEP.

SO IT'S AN 85 FOOT DEEP BETWEEN THE QUARTER AND WHERE THE, THE BACK OF THE, THE FURTHEST DEPTH OF THE THREE LOTS PUT TOGETHER.

SO FROM THE STREET PROPERTY LINE TO THE BACK REAR, SO YOU SAID IT WAS 82, 82, ABOUT 85.

I'M BALLPARKING.

SO, SO EFFECTIVELY YOU'VE GOT 60 FEET THAT YOU CAN BUILD ON, RIGHT? IF YOU, IF YOU COUNT THAT 25, IF I TAKE OUT 25.

YEAH.

SO, SO 60 FEET, I COULD DO TWO STORIES BY, RIGHT.

THAT WAS MORE, BUT ANYWAY.

OKAY.

SO THAT'S WHAT I WAS TRYING TO FIGURE OUT.

OKAY.

CHEERS, SIR.

ONE MORE, COUPLE MORE QUESTIONS.

W WHAT'S THE ADDRESS FOR THIS PROPERTY? IT'S A 600 CUMBERLAND, UM, WHICH IS THE SIDE STREET THAT IS AT THE CORNER.

SO IT'S THE THREE LOTS THAT ARE OFF OF SOUTH FIRST STREET.

UM, BUT IT WOULD BE ADDRESSED.

IT WOULD PROBABLY BE ADDRESSED LIKE 2626, 12 AND 25TH, 10, 10, I THINK THAT'S CORRECT.

YES, SIR.

AND THEN, UH, YOU KNOW, THAT THE BM U2, UH, RAISES THE AFFORDABILITY REQUIREMENT, UH, TO THE 15% OF THE UNITS WOULD HAVE TO BE AFFORDABLE.

UH, WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THAT? UH, I MEAN, IN TERMS OF, YOU KNOW, BUILDING IN, IN, IN HOW PROJECTS PENCIL OUT, UH, HOW, HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THAT? YEAH, SO I MEAN, COMPARED TO 12 UNITS, RIGHT? WHICH WOULD BE MARKET RATE OR VERY EXPENSIVE VERSUS 90 TOTAL UNITS, THAT 15% OF THOSE WOULD BE AFFORDABLE OR, YOU KNOW, WE COULD PROBABLY PENCIL OUT SO THAT LIKE, WE'RE, WE'RE, THERE'S STILL SOME LEVEL OF, YOU KNOW, I GUESS, PROFIT TO THE BUILDER OR THE DEVELOPER.

UM, BUT IT'S, UH, IT'S STILL GONNA HAVE THE SAME AMENITIES AS A MARKET RATE UNIT.

AND IN OTHER WORDS, ASSUMING THE RELAXED, SOME KIND OF RELAXED COMPATIBILITY STANDARDS, YOU CAN DEAL WITH A 15% AFFORDABILITY REQUIREMENT.

I MEAN, NOT TO PUT WORDS IN YOUR MOUTH, BUT YES, SIR.

YEAH, NO, THAT'S CORRECT.

OKAY.

UH, WHAT ABOUT LAST QUESTION? WHAT ABOUT PARKING IN TERMS OF, UH, THAT PROJECT AGAIN, BEING IGNORING THE, THE, THE, THE REQUIREMENTS STUFF RIGHT NOW, IF YOU'RE BUILDING LIKE A, NOT A UNIT PROJECT THERE ON SOUTH FIRST, I MEAN, WHAT KIND OF PARKING WOULD YOU WANT TO PUT IN AGAIN, IN A PERFECT WORLD? YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN? JUST PURE MARKET KIND OF DEMAND SITUATION.

HOW, HOW MUCH WOULD YOU PARK THAT PROJECT? WELL, I MEAN, SO WE W THE WAY THAT WE LOOKED AT THIS WAS WITH THE REGULAR VMU ONE PARKING INCENTIVES.

AND SO WE HAD A REDUCTION IN PARKING, AND SO THERE'S 66 PARKING SPOTS THAT WE'VE CREATED.

IF WE HAD TO GO FULL, YOU KNOW, LOT PARK, I BELIEVE IT'S SOMEWHERE OVER A HUNDRED.

I DID ONE FOR BEDROOM, BASICALLY, UH, PAST LIKE TWO BEDROOMS. THEN IT'S LIKE A HALF, HALF A PARKING SPACE, BUT IT'S ON A TRANSIT CORRIDOR.

SO I FEEL LIKE THE PEOPLE THAT ARE GOING TO LIVE THERE ARE GOING TO BE USING THE BUSES AND THE, YOU KNOW, HOPEFULLY THE RAILS OR WALKING TO WORK OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT, THE BIKING.

SO, I MEAN, I FEEL LIKE WITH A 40% REDUCTION, IT'S VERY HELPFUL TO STILL BE ABLE TO PARK IF YOU'RE LIKE A ONE-CAR FAMILY THAT, YOU KNOW, YOU WANT TO LIVE DOWNTOWN.

MAYBE YOU HAVE A KID THAT YOU TAKE TO SCHOOL, SO YOU HAVE TO TAKE THEM TO SCHOOL AND THEN THE OTHER, AND THEN YOU CARPOOL TO WORK.

SO I THINK IF YOU WORK VERY, VERY EAGER TO SEE THIS TYPE OF PRODUCT OUT THERE.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

ALL RIGHT.

ARE THERE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS? OKAY.

IS THERE ANY SPEAKERS OUT THERE THAT I DIDN'T CALL? I WAS SIGNED UP A LITTLE TOO LATE? NO.

OKAY.

[1. Approve the minutes of the April 12, 2022 Housing and Planning Committee meeting. (Part 1 of 2)]

UH, WE MOVE ON.

WE'RE GOING, GONNA CALL, UH, ITEM ONE, APPROVE THE MINUTES FROM THE

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APRIL 12TH, 2022.

DO I HAVE ON MOTION, COUNCILMEMBER MADISON SECOND BY THE MIRROR, ALL IN FAVOR, SAY AYE.

OR RAISE YOUR HAND.

OKAY.

CAN YOU BOTH TAKE CARE OF THAT?

[2. Discussion and possible action regarding proposed changes and amendments to regulations applicable to the Vertical Mixed Use buildings. ]

OKAY.

UH, WE'RE GOING TO CALL ITEM TWO DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE REGARDING PROPOSED CHANGING AMENDMENTS TO THE REGULATION APPLICABLE TO THE VERTICAL MIXED USE BUILDING, UH, IS A STAFF READY AND, UM, UH, FOR PURPOSES OF GETTING US STARTED FOR DISCUSSION, I'D LIKE TO, UH, MAKE A MOTION.

SO WE'VE GOT A MOTION TO, TO CONSIDER THE VMU SUBSTITUTE THAT I PASSED OUT TO EVERYONE AND IN OUR BACKUP, UH, TO, UH, TO SEND ON TO THE FULL COUNCIL WITH RECOMMENDATION, I UNDERSTAND WE NEED TO HAVE SOME CONVERSATION.

SO I JUST WANT TO PUT A MOTION OUT THERE TO GET US STARTED.

AND I THINK THAT COUNCIL MEMBER BAYLOR MAY HAVE A, UH, AMENDMENT TO THAT, WHICH IS ACCEPTABLE TO ME IF HE WANTS TO DO THAT.

THANK YOU, COUNCIL MEMBER KITCHEN.

UH, I DO IT'S UH, AND, UH, DO Y'ALL DID Y'ALL GET A PAPER COPY OF THE, OF THE MOTION.

OKAY.

AND, UM, I BELIEVE THAT THE CLERK HAS IT TO THROW UP ON THE SCREEN TOO FOR THE PUBLIC, UH, BUT MY MOTION WOULD ESSENTIALLY, UH, LIMIT COMPATIBILITY TO, UH, A HUNDRED FEET, UH, ONLY ALONG THE LIGHT RAIL PORTERS, WHICH WOULD BE THE ORANGE AND BLUE LINE.

UH, AND THEN IT WOULD ALSO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL, UH, PARKING, UH, REDUCTIONS, UH, I BELIEVE TO 25% OF THE CURRENT REQUIRED PARKING IN COMPARISON TO THE CURRENT VMU REDUCTIONS, WHICH ARE 60%.

UM, AND AGAIN, THIS WOULD BE ONLY FOR PROPERTIES THAT TOUCH, UH, THE, UH, ORANGE AND BLUE LINES, UH, WITH THE IDEA THAT THESE ARE GOING TO HAVE VERY STRONG, UH, TRANSIT NETWORK, BACKING THEM UP.

UH, AND ALSO WITH THE IDEA THAT WE'RE GOING TO BE GOING TO THE FEDS AND ASKING FOR A BUNCH OF MONEY, UH, TO BUILD THOSE LIGHT RAIL LINES.

AND I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE SEND THE MESSAGE TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THAT, YOU KNOW, WE'RE SERIOUS ABOUT THIS PLAN.

WE'RE SERIOUS ABOUT HOUSING ALONG OUR LIGHT RAIL CORRIDORS.

AND HOPEFULLY THAT WILL, UH, YOU KNOW, GET OUR SCORES UP FOR THE PLAN, UH, A LITTLE BIT MORE.

AND WE'LL, UH, WE'LL BE ABLE TO BRING IN SOME ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR THE PROJECT AS IT MOVES FORWARD.

AND, AND SO I ACCEPT THAT AS A FRIENDLY AMENDMENT FOR THE REALLY, FOR THE SAME REASONS.

I THINK THAT IT'S IMPORTANT FOR US TO BE, UM, INCREASING, UH, OUR DENSITY ALONG THOSE LIGHT RAIL QUARTERS AND, UH, RELAXING COMPATIBILITY IN THE WAY THAT COUNCIL MEMBER OF ALA HAS PROPOSED IS A GOOD WAY TO DO THAT.

UM, I ALSO THINK THAT IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT WE MAXIMIZE, UH, AS MUCH AS WE CAN, THAT POTENTIAL MATCHING DOLLARS FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ON THE LIGHT RAIL LINES AND TAKING IMMEDIATE ACTION NOW ON THE VMU ORDINANCE, UM, WOULD BE A WAY TO DO THAT.

AND SO I THANK YOU FOR THAT, UM, AMENDMENT, THANK YOU.

WELL, ONLY BECAUSE THERE'S BEEN A LITTLE BIT OF DISCUSSION JUST TO FORESHADOW.

UM, IF COUNCIL MEMBER KITCHEN'S MOTION PASSES, WHICH SAYS YOU CAN ONLY GET VMU TWO BY MAKING IT A DIFFERENT ZONING CLASSIFICATION, UH, WHICH WOULD ALLOW FOR PETITION RIGHTS IN THE LIGHT.

UM, ONE THING TO CONSIDER IS WHETHER A SIGNIFICANT RELAXING OF COMPATIBILITY MAKES IT MORE OR LESS LIKELY THAT SOMEONE COULD EVER PREPARE PREVAIL PAST A PETITION.

UM, BUT I'M CERTAINLY WILLING TO CONSIDER IT IN THAT CONTEXT, BECAUSE I THINK IT'S NOT JUST NOT GOING TO HAPPEN VERY OFTEN, BUT BECAUSE I REAL STRONGLY BELIEVE THAT WE NEED TO HAVE INCREASED DENSITY AND UNITS ALONG THE CORRIDORS TO HELP WITH TRANSIT, UH, PROBABLY NOT SUPPORTING THE, MAKING IT A DIFFERENT ZONING CLASSIFICATION, BUT MAKING IT SO IT'S BY, RIGHT.

BUT RECOGNIZING THAT IF WE'RE GOING TO MAKE IT BY, RIGHT, WE CAN'T DO AS SIGNIFICANT A CHANGE IN COMPATIBILITY AS WE MIGHT OTHERWISE LIKE TO DO WHERE WE'LL LOSE THE VOTES TO MAKE IT SOMETHING THAT HAPPENS BY.

RIGHT.

SO IT SEEMS AS IF THE CHOICE ULTIMATELY IS GOING

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TO BE, DO YOU LET BMU TO HAPPEN BY RIGHT, WITH MORE LIMITED RELAXING OF COMPATIBILITY BECAUSE IT HAPPENS TO MY RIGHT, OR DO YOU MAKE IT, UM, A SEPARATE ZONING CLASSIFICATION, WHICH MEANS THAT POTENTIALLY THERE'S A, UH, A CHALLENGE TO ALL OF THEM THAT ANY THREE COUNCIL MEMBERS COULD STOP.

UH, AND, AND I THINK WE'RE ALL TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHICH IS THE ONE THAT'S GOING TO HAVE THE GREATEST IMPACT ON NEW UNITS.

AND, AND, UM, THAT'S WHAT I'LL BE LISTENING AND TRYING TO HEAR, BECAUSE I WANT WHICHEVER ONE OF THOSE OPTIONS MAXIMIZES THE ADDITIONAL UNITS.

SO COULD I, OKAY.

AND I DO, UH, LET ME JUST ASK THE STAFF DO Y'ALL HAVE A BRIEFING THAT Y'ALL WANT TO MAKE BEFORE, AND I'M WONDERING IF WE COULD MAKE THAT DECISION AFTERWARDS.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

GOOD AFTERNOON.

MY NAME IS SAM TEDFORD AND I'M WITH THE CITY OF AUSTIN HOUSING AND PLANNING DEPARTMENT.

AND WE DO HAVE A BRIEFING FOR YOU ON A VARIETY OF SUBJECTS RELATED TO VERTICAL MIXED USE.

OH, SO WHAT WE HOPE TO COVER TODAY IS A BIT OF THE HOUSING STRATEGY AND HOW THIS DENSITY BONUS PROGRAM FITS INTO THE BIGGER PICTURE.

SOME OF THE BASICS OF WHAT THE VERTICAL MIXED USE PROGRAM IS TODAY AND, UH, COVERING THE VMU RELATED DIRECTION WE'VE RECEIVED TO DATE AND OUR STAFF RECOMMENDATION.

THERE'S ALSO A LONG LIST OF SLIDES AT THE END THAT I WON'T BE COVERING IN THIS PRESENTATION, BUT THAT YOU CAN USE FOR REFERENCE WITH SOME ADDITIONAL RESEARCH AND IMAGES OF VERTICAL MIXED USE BUILDINGS IN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY.

SO I START WITH THIS SLIDE TO SAY THAT, UM, THIS IS NOT A SOLUTION LOOKING FOR A PROBLEM.

UM, WE KNOW THAT WE HAVE, UM, OUR AUSTIN STRATEGIC HOUSING BLUEPRINT THAT DIRECTED US TO CREATE 135,000 NEW HOUSING UNITS BY 2025, TO KEEP UP WITH OUR CURRENT POPULATION GROWTH.

AND WE ALSO KNOW THAT THE MARKET IS NOT PROVIDING ADEQUATE HOUSING FOR LOW INCOME AND MODERATE INCOME PEOPLE.

WE ALSO KNOW AFFORDABLE HOUSING IS NOT EQUITABLY DISTRIBUTED THROUGHOUT THE CITY.

AND FINALLY, WE KNOW THAT THE COST TO CLOSE THAT GAP IN LOW-INCOME HOUSING IN AUSTIN, AT LEAST IN 2017 WAS ESTIMATED AT OVER $11 BILLION.

SO THIS IS NOT A PROBLEM THAT WE REALLY HAVE THE FINANCIAL RESOURCES TO FULLY SUBSIDIZE.

AND SO THAT'S WHAT LEADS US TO LOOK FOR OTHER TOOLS IN OUR TOOLKIT, WHICH IS SOMEWHAT LIMITED IN TEXAS, BUT THAT'S WHY WE RELY ON THIS KIND OF SECOND TIER OR THIS ADDITIONAL TIER OF INCENTIVIZING HOUSING, BOTH AFFORDABLE AND MARKET RATE THROUGH DENSITY BONUSES THROUGH FREEWAY GIVERS AND THROUGH OUR REGULATIONS.

UM, THIS IS HOW DENSITY BONUSES ARE HIGHLIGHTED.

THIS IS HOW THAT FITS INTO HOW WE PLAN TO ACHIEVE THOSE 135,000 UNITS IN 10 YEARS.

UM, WE USE THESE DENSITY BONUS PROGRAMS REALLY TO TRY AND TARGET 30% MFI HOUSEHOLDS UP TO 80% MFI HOUSEHOLDS AND USE OUR FEDERAL FUNDING AND LOCAL FUNDING TO TRY AND GET LOWER AND DEEPER AFFORDABILITY FOR THOSE LOWER INCOME HOUSEHOLDS AND UP TO, YOU KNOW, OVER A HUNDRED AND 120% OF THE MEDIAN FAMILY INCOME, GENERALLY THE MARKET IS PROVIDING THOSE UNITS.

AND SO I'M NOT GOING TO LINGER ON THIS SLIDE, BUT THIS IS PRESENT.

SO SORT OF THE OVERALL PICTURE OF WE HAVE A VARIETY OF DEVELOPER INCENTIVES THROUGHOUT THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

MANY OF THEM ARE GEOGRAPHICALLY SPECIFIC THOUGH.

SO YOU MIGHT KNOW THE DOWNTOWN DENSITY BONUS PROGRAM, WHICH HAS, HAS VERY SPECIFIC BOUNDARIES THAT ONLY APPLY IN DOWNTOWN.

WE HAVE THE EAST RIVERSIDE CORRIDOR REGULATING PLAN, NORTH BURNETT REGULATING PLAN, THE TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT DISTRICTS, ALL OF THESE HAVE DENSITY BONUSES, BUT THEY'RE LIMITED TO VERY SPECIFIC PARTS OF OUR CITY.

UH, VERTICAL MIXED USE ON THIS MAP IS SHOWN IN RED AND YOU'LL SEE HOW IT LINES UP AND DOWN.

MOST OF OUR, UM, MAJOR CORRIDORS IN THE CENTRAL CITY, THE ONLY, UM, PROGRAMS THAT ARE APPLICABLE CITY-WIDE AT THIS POINT ARE AFFORDABILITY UNLOCKED AND SMART HOUSING, WHICH IS A FEE WAIVER PROGRAM.

AND DOESN'T ACTUALLY OFFER ADDITIONAL, UM, ENTITLEMENTS.

I GET NEXT SLIDE.

AND SO THIS IS A ZOOM IN ON WHAT THOSE AFFORDABLE HOUSING INCENTIVE PROGRAMS HAVE ACTUALLY PRODUCED WITHOUT ANY PUBLIC SUBSIDIES.

WE KNOW THAT THE MOST PROLIFIC, UM, PROGRAMS TO DATE ARE THE UNIVERSITY NEIGHBORHOOD NEIGHBORHOOD OVERLAY AND THE VERTICAL MIXED USE PROGRAM, WHICH IS WHAT WE'RE GOING TO BE DISCUSSING TODAY.

CAN I GET NEXT SLIDE? SO TO COVER SOME BASICS OF WHAT IS THIS PROGRAM TODAY? UM, WE KNOW THAT VMU IS A VOLUNTARY DENSITY BONUS PROGRAM DESIGNED TO GENERATE COMMUNITY BENEFITS THROUGH THE USE OF DEVELOPMENT INCENTIVES.

THIS PROGRAM WAS ACTUALLY ADOPTED BACK IN 2012, HAD A FAIRLY UNIQUE ONE-TIME OPT IN OPT OUT PROCESS

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BY WHICH NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATIONS AND NEIGHBORHOOD PLANNING, CONTACT TEAMS WERE ABLE TO DECIDE WHERE THEY THOUGHT VMU PROPERTIES SHOULD BE ELIGIBLE IN THEIR AREAS.

THEY ALSO WERE ALLOWED TO WEIGH IN ON WHAT THE APPROPRIATE AFFORDABILITY LEVELS SHOULD BE IN THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD.

THESE, UH, THIS VMU ZONING WAS APPLICABLE ALONG CORE TRANSIT CORRIDORS, WHICH ACTUALLY WERE PUT INTO THE CODE BEFORE 2010.

I THINK IT WAS 2005, BUT THEY REFLECT THE CORE TRANSIT CORRIDORS FROM THAT TIME IN AUSTIN'S HISTORY.

UM, BUT ALSO BECAUSE OF THIS INHERENT CONNECTION, WE'RE CONNECTING HOUSING AND SERVICES TO TRANSIT THROUGH THIS PROGRAM, THE DEVELOPMENT INCENTIVES OFFERED BY VERTICAL MIXED USE IS IMPROVED FLEXIBILITY FOR SITE DEVELOPMENT, WHICH WE'LL DIG INTO IN JUST A MOMENT.

AND SOME OF THOSE COMMUNITY BENEFITS THAT WE GET ARE CREATING AN ENHANCED PEDESTRIAN ENVIRONMENT, REGULATING AFFORDABILITY, AND TRYING TO SUPPORT A MORE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT PATTERN.

COULD I GET NEXT SLIDE? UM, THIS IS A LOT OF INFORMATION, BUT THIS IS TRYING TO BREAK DOWN HOW VMU AS ACTUALLY APPLIED.

IT'S CONSIDERED A COMBINING DISTRICT, WHICH IS LAYERED ON TOP OF THE BASE ZONING ON A PIECE OF PROPERTY.

UM, AUSTIN HAS MANY DIFFERENT COMBINING DISTRICTS, SO IT'S POSSIBLE YOU CAN HAVE A ZONING STRING OR A ZONING TEXT THAT LOOKS SOMETHING LIKE THIS.

C S M U THE CEO IN P IT'S A BIT OF AN ALPHABET SOUP THERE, BUT THIS IS WHERE VERTICAL MIXED USE WOULD FIT INTO A PROGRAM LIKE THAT.

SO THERE'S A TABLE ON THE RIGHT THAT SHOWS, UM, HOW MANY OF OUR VIEWS ON PROPERTIES ACTUALLY HAVE OTHER COMBINING DISTRICTS APPLICABLE AS WELL? NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

AND SO THOSE SITE DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS THAT DO APPLY FOR BMU SITES, UM, THERE THERE'S SOMETIMES BEEN SOME CONFUSION, BUT THE VMU PROGRAM TODAY DOES NOT OFFER ADDITIONAL BUILDING HEIGHT.

SO THE HEIGHT IS ACTUALLY REGULATED BY THE BASE ZONING DISTRICT.

SO IF YOU'RE A CS OR COMMERCIAL SERVICES ZONE, THE BASE ZONING HEIGHT MAXIMUM IS 60 FEET.

HOWEVER, AS HAS BEEN A SUBJECT OF DISCUSSION, UM, COMPATIBILITY STANDARDS CAN SUPERSEDE, UH, THE HEIGHT OF ANY PROPERTY THAT HAS BEEN NEW ZONING AND THE BASE ZONING UNDERLYING IMPERVIOUS COVER.

IT IS ALSO NOT AT ALL, UM, IS NOT AT ALL CHANGED BY BMU STANDARDS.

THEY WILL BE THE SAME AS THE BASE ZONING IMPERVIOUS COVER.

UM, HOWEVER VMU DOES OFFER INCENTIVES IN TERMS OF REDUCED SETBACKS.

SO YOU CAN BUILD BUILDINGS CLOSER TOGETHER THAN YOU WOULD OTHERWISE, EXCEPT FOR AGAIN, COMPATIBILITY STANDARDS CAN SUPERSEDE HERE, UM, NO FLOOR TO AREA RATIO LIMIT.

UM, THIS IS A BONUS IN THE VMU PROGRAM.

HOWEVER, WE KNOW THAT HEIGHT AND IMPERVIOUS COVER STILL PROVIDE A SITE CONTROLS ON THESE SITES.

THERE IS A SLIGHT ERROR HERE ON THE, UM, REDUCED PARKING REQUIREMENT.

UM, THE REDUCTION IS UP TO 40% REDUCTION, SO YOU CAN GET 60% OF WHAT WOULD OTHERWISE BE REQUIRED.

UM, PARKING ON A BMU SITE THAT IS THE PARKING REQUIRED OR PARKING REDUCTION OFFERED BY THE PROGRAM.

VMU ALSO OFFERS A BROADER RANGE OF ALLOWABLE USES.

SO BMU IS MOST OFTEN APPLIED ON, UH, WHAT WOULD OTHERWISE BE SOLELY COMMERCIAL OR OFFICE ZONES WHERE YOU WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO BUILD HOUSING.

AND BECAUSE OF THE DASH OF A COMBINING DISTRICT, YOU'RE ABLE TO NOW BUILD RESIDENTIAL USES, UH, WITH PARTICIPATION IN THE BONUS PROGRAM, BUT IT ALSO STARTS TO ALLOW COMMERCIAL USES IN WHAT WOULD HAVE OTHERWISE BEEN OFFICE ONLY ZONE.

SO YOU COULD HAVE, YOU KNOW, FOR EXAMPLE, A GROCERY STORE, WHEREAS BEFORE IT COULD HAVE ONLY BEEN OFFICES, UM, AND THE OTHER, UH, ELEMENT OF THE VMU SITE DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS, A HIGHLIGHT HERE IS THAT IT REQUIRES A MIX OF USES AS THE NAME SUGGESTS, THERE'S A REQUIREMENT FOR A FIRST FLOOR PEDESTRIAN ORIENTED COMMERCIAL SPACE, AND THERE'S A MINIMUM OF ONE FLOOR OF RESIDENTIAL USE REQUIRED.

CAN I GET NEXT SLIDE? SO THIS IS WHAT THE AFFORDABILITY POLICY AND BMU LOOKS LIKE TODAY.

IT IS A 10% SET ASIDE FOR BOTH RENTAL AND A FOR SALE DEVELOPMENTS.

UM, AND THAT SET ASIDE IS 10% OF THE TOTAL NUMBER OF HOUSING UNITS IN THE PROJECT HAVE TO BE SET ASIDE AN INCOME RESTRICTED FOR THOSE, UM, HOUSEHOLDS EARNING, NOT MORE THAN IN THE CASE OF RENTAL DEVELOPMENTS, 60% OF THE MEDIAN FAMILY INCOME OR 80% OF THE MEDIAN FAMILY INCOME.

AND THAT VARIES BY NEIGHBORHOOD.

UM, DEPENDING ON THAT INITIAL OPT-IN OPT-OUT PROCESS AND FOR, FOR SALE DEVELOPMENTS, UM, IT IS A 5% AT EACH AFFORDABILITY LEVEL.

SO, UH, 5% OF THE TOTAL UNITS MUST BE SET ASIDE AS AFFORDABLE TO HOUSEHOLDS EARNING NO MORE THAN 80% OF THE MEDIAN FAMILY INCOME AND TWO, 5% AT A HUNDRED PERCENT OF THE MEDIAN FAMILY INCOME.

AND I'VE PROVIDED SOME NUMBERS, UM, IN THE CHARTS ON THE SIDE.

SO YOU CAN START TO LOOK AT WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE, UM, BY NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD.

AND THEN JUST TO GET A SENSE, THESE ARE SOME AVERAGE NUMBERS OF WHAT THE AFFORDABLE RENTS WOULD

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BE IN THESE PROJECTS.

UM, AND I DON'T HAVE THE NUMBER IN FRONT OF ME, BUT, UM, I THINK THE AVERAGE MARKET RATE UNIT THAT WE PULLED THAT WOULD BE COMPARABLE WAS OVER 18 OR $1,900.

SO YOU START TO SEE THE DIFFERENCE IN THESE INCOME RESTRICTED UNITS.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

AND WE INCLUDED THIS SLIDE SO THAT WE CAN BE REALLY CLEAR ABOUT WHAT THE MEDIAN INCOME LOOKS LIKE WHEN WE DISAGGREGATE IT BY RACE.

UM, AUSTIN HAS HISTORICALLY AND CONTINUES TO HAVE A REALLY SUBSTANTIAL GAP BETWEEN, UM, INCOMES OF, UH, FOLKS WHO ARE WHITE AND ASIAN AND FOLKS WHO ARE BLACK, LATINO, OR HISPANIC.

AND SO THE MEDIAN MIGHT RUN SOMEWHERE ALONG THE MIDDLE, BUT WHITE HOUSEHOLDS ARE TYPICALLY MAKING OVER $15,000 MORE THAN THE MEDIAN AND BLACK AND LATINO HOUSEHOLDS ARE MAKING.

I MEAN, AS MUCH AS $20,000, LESS THAN THAT MEDIAN, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

AND SO THIS IS A, THIS IS OUR OVERALL SUMMARY OF WHAT THE VERTICAL MIXED USE PROGRAM CAN DO FOR US TODAY.

UM, SOME OF THOSE OPPORTUNITIES LOOK LIKE OUR ABILITY TO CREATE INCOME RESTRICTED, AFFORDABLE HOUSING WITHOUT REQUIRING DIRECT PUBLIC SUBSIDY.

IT ALSO INCREASES THE HOUSING SUPPLY OF BONUS MARKET RATE HOUSING.

IT CAN IMPROVE TRANSPORTATION CHOICE BY LOCATING HOUSING AND OTHER SERVICES NEAR TRANSIT, AND IT CAN SUPPORT OUR CLIMATE EQUITY GOALS FOR LAND USE AND TRANSPORTATION.

HOWEVER, GIVEN ITS, UM, VOLUNTARY NATURE AND IT HAS TO BE, UH, CREATED, OR IT WORKS THROUGH AN INCENTIVE BASED APPROACH.

AND SO IT REALLY ONLY WORKS IN AREAS WITH HIGH MARKET DEMAND.

UM, WE ALSO WENT, WE'LL TALK ABOUT THIS A LITTLE BIT LATER IN THE PRESENTATION.

WE KNOW THERE ARE BARRIERS TO SECURING LONGTERM AFFORDABLE HOME OWNERSHIP, HOUSING UNITS THROUGH THIS PROGRAM.

WE KNOW THAT FEASIBILITY CAN BE REDUCED BY COMPETING REGULATIONS IN OUR CODE THAT CAN INHIBIT DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION.

AND WE ALSO KNOW THAT THIS PROGRAM WAS NOT NECESSARILY CREATED WITH RACIAL EQUITY AT THE FOREFRONT AT THE TIME.

SO WHY WE'RE HERE TODAY IS BECAUSE WE'VE RECEIVED DIRECTION FROM BOTH THE PLANNING COMMISSION AND FROM THIS COUNCIL, UM, RELATED TO THE VERTICAL MIXED USE PROGRAM, THE AMENDMENTS FROM THE PLANNING COMMISSION WERE RELATED TO THE AFFORDABILITY REQUIREMENTS IN THE VMU PROGRAM TODAY.

AND SO THEY WERE, UM, HOPING TO STANDARDIZE THOSE KINDS OF VARIABLE AFFORDABILITY REQUIREMENTS THAT EXIST IN THE PROGRAM TODAY AND LOWER THEM TO 60% MFI FOR RENTAL UNITS AND 80% MFI FOR HOME-OWNERSHIP UNITS, THE CITY COUNCIL DIRECTION FROM NOVEMBER, 2021 DIRECTED AND EXPANSION OF THE BMU PROGRAM TO THE CREATION OF A NEW TIER WITH THE HEIGHT BONUS.

AND SO I WILL DISCUSS THE STAFF RECOMMENDATION RELATED TO THESE TWO, UM, PIECES OF DIRECTION.

SO THE STAFF RECOMMENDATION FOR THE SET ASIDE PERCENTAGES AND AFFORDABILITY LEVELS ARE HIGHLIGHTED IN BLUE HERE.

SO THE, UM, AMENDMENTS TO THE CURRENT VMU PROGRAM ARE, WERE DIRECTED BY THE PLANNING COMMISSION.

THEY SHOW THAT WE'RE, AS I MENTIONED, STANDARDIZING THE AFFORDABILITY LEVELS IN THE VMU LIKE TIER ONE, UM, TODAY TO BE JUST FOR HOUSEHOLD LEARNING NO MORE THAN 60%.

WHEREAS TODAY THERE'S VARIABILITY IN 60 AND 80% MFI DEPENDING ON NEIGHBORHOODS, UM, FOR, FOR SALE DEVELOPMENTS, UH, THE PLANNING COMMISSION RECOMMENDED STANDARDIZING THOSE AFFORDABILITY LEVELS TO 80% OF THE MEDIAN FAMILY INCOME, THIS OR CLAUSE HERE THAT SAYS FEE EQUIVALENT TO 10% OF TOTAL UNITS IS THE STAFF RECOMMENDATION.

AND WE'LL TALK ABOUT THAT IN JUST A MOMENT.

AND AS FOR THE TOO, THIS IS THE, UM, THE NEW TIER WITH THE HEIGHT BONUS STAFF RECOMMENDS MAINTAINING A 10% SET ASIDE AND LOWERING THE DEPTH OF AFFORDABILITY TO 50% OF THE MEDIAN FAMILY INCOME OR INCREASING THE SET ASIDE RATE TO 12% AND KEEPING THE MEDIAN FAMILY INCOME, UH, CAP AT 60%, UM, FOR, FOR SALE DEVELOPMENTS, WE RECOMMEND GOING TO 12% SET ASIDE, UM, TO HOUSEHOLD LEARNING NO MORE THAN 80% MFI OR AGAIN, HAVING A FEE EQUIVALENT, WHICH I'LL DISCUSS NEXT STEP.

THE REASON WHY STAFF IS RECOMMENDING A FEE IN LIEU FOR CONDOMINIUM DEVELOPMENTS IS DUE TO WHAT WE'VE ACTUALLY SEEN IN THESE PROGRAMS WHERE WE'RE PRODUCING, UM, INCOME RESTRICTED OR FOR RECREATING HOME OWNERSHIP UNITS FOR LOW-INCOME HOMEOWNERS IN PREDOMINANTLY MARKET RATE CONDOMINIUM DEVELOPMENTS.

WE KNOW THAT THESE HOMEOWNERS HAVE FACED SIGNIFICANT BARRIERS TO ACTUALLY SECURING THE KIND OF LONGTERM AFFORDABILITY AND STABILITY THAT THESE PROGRAMS ARE SUPPOSED TO CREATE FOR THEM.

UM, THROUGH RISING HOMEOWNERSHIP ASSOCIATION FEES, WHICH EXISTS BEYOND THE CITY OF AUSTIN ZONE OF CONTROL, WE CANNOT REGULATE HOMEOWNER'S ASSOCIATION FEES AND PROPERTY TAX ASSESSMENTS HAVE BEEN REALLY INCONSISTENT AND SOMETIMES, UM, INCREASING AT A RATE THAT MAKES THESE, UH, HOME-OWNERSHIP UNITS UNAFFORDABLE TO THE LOW-INCOME FOLKS THAT WE'RE PUTTING INTO THOSE UNITS.

AND SO THESE ARE NOT ISSUES THAT ARE ONLY FACING FOLKS IN INCOME RESTRICTED HOUSING.

UM, BUT BECAUSE WE

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KNOW THAT THIS IS HAPPENING IN THESE PROGRAMS, UM, WE WOULD LIKE TO BE ABLE TO DIRECT THOSE FUNDS TOWARDS LONG-TERM AFFORDABLE OR HOME OWNERSHIP PROJECTS, SUCH AS COMMUNITY LAND TRUST, WHICH IS WHERE STAFF WOULD RECOMMEND, UM, DIRECTING THESE FEES.

UM, INSTEAD BECAUSE THAT'S A PROGRAM THAT, YOU KNOW, THERE'S PLENTY OF COUNCIL DIRECTION AT THIS TIME ABOUT THE PREFERENCE POLICY THAT CAN BE APPLIED THROUGH THOSE, UH, UNITS, BUT ALSO THE CITY HAS A LOT MORE CONTROL OVER THOSE UNITS AND CAN, UM, BETTER GUARANTEE THE AFFORDABILITY AND STABILITY FOR THOSE HOMEOWNERS.

UM, I HAVE HERE JUST A TABLE THAT SHOWS AN EXAMPLE OF PROPOSED FEES.

THESE ARE NOT THE FEES THAT STAFF WOULD NECESSARILY RECOMMEND, BUT THESE WERE PULLED FROM, UM, WORK THAT HAD BEEN DONE DURING THE DRAFT LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE REVISION.

AND SO YOU CAN GET A SENSE OF HOW WE WOULD, UM, LIKE TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THIS TYPE OF FEE.

IF COUNCIL WANTED TO GO IN THAT DIRECTION.

UM, STAFF IS ALSO RECOMMENDING A SERIES OF ADDITIONAL PROVISIONS THAT WOULD HELP TO AFFIRMATIVELY FURTHER FAIR HOUSING.

UM, STAFF DOES RECOMMEND THAT THESE REQUIREMENTS WOULD APPLY MUCH MORE UNIFORMLY IN ALL VOLUNTARY DENSITY BONUS PROGRAMS WITHIN THE LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE, WHOEVER SENDS THE AMUSE ON THE TABLE AT THIS TIME, STAFF HAVE DRAFTED THESE AMENDMENTS SO THAT THEY WOULD APPLY TO THE VMU PROGRAM.

UM, AND WE THINK THAT THESE TYPES OF PROVISIONS CAN HELP AFFIRMATIVELY FURTHER FAIR HOUSING AND HELP TO CREATE MORE INCLUSIVE, EQUITABLE OUTCOMES FOR OUR COMMUNITY.

AND A COUPLE OF THOSE THAT I WOULD HIGHLIGHT HERE, SOURCE OF INCOME PROTECTIONS, WHICH WOULD ENSURE THAT, UM, THESE DEVELOPMENTS NEW VMU OR VMU TWO DEVELOPMENTS WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO DISCRIMINATE BASED ON A TENANT SOURCE OF INCOME.

UM, SPECIFICALLY THAT LOOKS LIKE HOUSING VOUCHER, UM, HOLDERS.

AND SO BY TEXAS STATE LAW, THEY ARE ABLE TO BE DENIED HOUSING.

UM, AT THIS POINT, IF YOU'RE A HOUSING VOUCHER HOLDER.

AND SO THIS WOULD, UM, PROVIDE SOME DEGREE OF PROTECTION FOR THOSE FOLKS.

AND THE OTHER ONE I WOULD HIGHLIGHT HERE IS REQUIRING A PROPORTIONAL BEDROOM MIX.

THIS DOES NOT EXIST IN THE PROGRAM TODAY.

AND SO WE HAVE, UM, CONSISTENTLY RECEIVED STUDIO IN ONE BEDROOM UNITS IN THESE DEVELOPMENTS.

AND SO HAVING A PROPORTIONAL BEDROOM MIX REQUIREMENT MIGHT GET US MORE MULTI BEDROOM UNITS IN THESE TYPES OF DEVELOPMENTS.

UM, I BRING THIS UP HERE.

UM, THIS WOULD BE STAFF RECOMMENDS THAT WE GET SOME ADDITIONAL DIRECTION TO SET A NON-RESIDENTIAL BONUS AREA FEE.

SO THERE IS A PROVISION IN THE CODE TODAY THAT SAYS THERE WILL BE A BONUS AREA FEE FOR UPPER LEVEL NON-RESIDENTIAL SPACE WITHIN VMU BUILDINGS.

THIS, UH, FEE WAS HOWEVER, NEVER SET BY COUNCIL.

WE'VE GOTTEN A COUPLE OF INCREASE FROM DEVELOPERS AT THIS POINT ABOUT THIS FEE.

AND SO WE THINK, UM, ESPECIALLY CONSIDERING THE POTENTIAL FOR THIS HEIGHT BONUS, THAT THIS COULD BECOME A MORE PRESSING ISSUE IN VMU DEVELOPMENTS, WHERE YOU COULD HAVE SUBSTANTIALLY MORE OFFICE SPACE ABOVE GROUND OR ABOVE THE FIRST FLOOR IN THESE TYPES OF DEVELOPMENTS.

AND SO, UM, WE WANT TO PROBABLY HAVE THAT FEE SET IN PLACE, UH, SOON.

AND ADDITIONALLY, IT MIGHT BE WORTH THINKING ABOUT IF, UM, COUNCIL WOULD LIKE TO GIVE ADDITIONAL DIRECTION RELATED TO THE AMOUNT OF RESIDENTIAL USE THAT MUST BE REQUIRED IN THESE BUILDINGS TODAY.

IT IS ONE FLOOR IS THE, UM, REQUIREMENT.

AND SO YOU COULD SEE PRO PROJECTS THAT ARE, YOU KNOW, SIX FLOORS OF COMMERCIAL AND ONE FLOOR OF RESIDENTIAL.

AND IF THAT IS THE INTENT OF THE COUNCIL, THEN THAT MIGHT BE WHAT WE SEE.

UM, BUT CONSIDERING THERE COULD BE POTENTIAL FOR GREATER HEIGHT IN THESE PROGRAMS THAT MIGHT BE SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT.

AND THIS LAST SECTION IS JUST GOING TO PROVIDE WHAT YOU WERE JUST ASKING ABOUT COUNCIL MEMBER HARPER, MADISON, ABOUT SOME VISUALS RELATED TO COMPATIBILITY STANDARDS.

SO, UM, I'VE PULLED IN AN ASSORTMENT OF VISUALS, SOME OF WHICH ARE FROM PAST WORK AND SOME ARE, UM, MORE RECENT MOCK-UPS, BUT I HELPED TO WALK YOU THROUGH A LITTLE BIT OF OUR COMPATIBILITY STANDARDS TODAY AND THEN HOW THEY APPLY TO THE VERTICAL MIXED USE PROGRAM.

SO OVERALL, WE GET A LOT OF QUESTIONS ASKING WHY, WHY DO WE HAVE COMPATIBILITY STANDARDS? AND THE PURPOSE WAS TO PROVIDE A TRANSITION BETWEEN SINGLE FAMILY HOMES OR CERTAIN CIVIC USES AND MORE INTENSE LAND USES.

WE ALSO KNOW THAT AUSTIN'S COMPATIBILITY STANDARDS ARE SOME OF THE MOST RESTRICTIVE IN THE COUNTRY.

SO COMPATIBILITY STANDARDS TODAY CAN APPLY TO SITES THAT ARE WITHIN 540 FEET OF THE PROPERTY LINE OF AN SF FIVE ZONED OR MORE RESTRICTIVE ZONING DISTRICT OR ON PROPERTIES THAT ARE ADJACENT TO A LOT ON WHICH A USE THAT'S A LAND USE PERMITTED IN AN SF FIVE OR MORE RESTRICTIVE ZONING DISTRICT IS LOCATED AND COMPATIBILITY STANDARDS.

WE'LL DEFINITELY BE TOUCHING ON THE HEIGHT AND SETBACK LIMITATIONS AND VISUALIZING THOSE COMPATIBILITY STANDARDS ALSO REQUIRES SCALE AND CLUSTERING REQUIREMENTS, SCREENING REG REQUIREMENTS, AS WELL AS SOME OTHER DESIGN REGULATIONS.

AND WE HAVE SOME IMAGES HERE SHOWING WHAT A COMPATIBILITY STANDARDS LOOK LIKE IN OTHER CITIES IN AUSTIN.

THIS IS A CHART THAT YOU MAY HAVE SEEN BEFORE IN THIS PARTICULAR CHART ONLY EXTENDS TO 420 FEET FROM THE PROPERTY LINE OF A COMPATIBILITY TRIGGERING PROPERTY.

UM, AND THAT'S BECAUSE FOR THE

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INTENTS AND PURPOSES OF THE VERTICAL MIXED USE TO PROPOSAL, THAT COULD ONLY GO UP TO 90 FEET IN HEIGHT.

SO REALLY THE APPLICABLE DISTANCE IS 420 FEET, UH, FROM THAT SINGLE FAMILY, A ZONED PROPERTY OR SINGER SINGLE FAMILY USE.

UM, SO YOU'LL SEE THAT THERE'S A 25 FOOT, UH, NO STRUCTURE ZONE.

IT CAN BE SMALLER FOR SITES THAT ARE ALSO SMALLER.

UM, AND IT STEPS BACK AFTER 50 FEET, A HUNDRED FEET, 200 FEET AT DIFFERENT RATES, BUT WE'RE GOING TO VISUALIZE THIS IN A COUPLE OF DIFFERENT WAYS.

UM, BUT BEFORE WE GET THERE, UM, YOU MAY HAVE ALREADY SEEN THIS RESEARCH THAT STAFF CONDUCTED.

UM, BUT WE KNOW THAT 41% OF VMU ZONE SITES COULD BUILD TO THEIR BASE HEIGHT.

THAT IS THEIR BASE HEIGHT, ENTITLEMENT AFTER COMPATIBILITY STANDARDS ARE APPLIED, UM, AND ONLY 34% OF EMU ZONE SITES WOULD BE ABLE TO BUILD TO THAT BONUS HEIGHT.

THAT'S WITH VMU TO HEIGHT BONUS UNDER THE NEW TIER OF THE BMU PROGRAM AFTER COMPATIBILITY STANDARDS ARE APPLIED SO LESS THAN HALF OF OUR VMU ZONE SITES CAN EVEN REACH THEIR BASE HEIGHT, ENTITLEMENT, UM, BECAUSE OF COMPATIBILITY STANDARDS.

SO THIS GRAPHIC, THE NUMBERS ARE NOT REALLY GOING TO BE APPLICABLE TO ANYTHING THAT WE'RE DISCUSSING HERE TODAY.

BUT, UM, THIS WAS TO SORT OF FRAME SORT OF THE DIFFERENCE IN THE APPROACH THAT, UM, UNDER CODE NEXT IN THE LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE REVISION, THERE HAD BEEN A LOT OF TALK ABOUT HAVING THESE TRANSITION AREAS.

AND SO THAT WOULD INCLUDE A MORE MEDIUM DENSITY OR MISSING MIDDLE TYPE OF HOUSING, UM, BETWEEN OUR SINGLE FAMILY NEIGHBORHOODS AND THE CORRIDOR.

AND SO YOU CAN SEE ON THE TOP, HOW YOU'RE KIND OF STEPPING UP ACROSS MULTIPLE PAR PARCELS OR ACROSS MULTIPLE PROPERTIES TO A HEIGHT, UM, LIKE THE ONE ON THE TOP LEFT ON OUR CORRIDORS.

UM, THE IMAGE ON THE BOTTOM IS, AGAIN, NOT PERTAINING TO ANYTHING IN PARTICULAR, THOSE NUMBERS AREN'T, UM, APPLICABLE HERE, BUT IT DOES SHOW WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE'RE PUTTING THE ENTIRE TRANSITION FROM OUR SINGLE FAMILY NEIGHBORHOODS DIRECTLY ONTO THAT CORRIDOR FACING PARCEL.

YOU START TO CUT INTO HOW MUCH HOUSING CAN BE BUILT ON THAT PARTICULAR SITE, BECAUSE NOW THE ENTIRE STEP BACK IS, UM, FULLY BORN ON THE CORRIDOR FACING PARCEL.

SO I HAVE ONE EXAMPLE, UH, TO SHOW TO YOU ALL TODAY.

UM, THERE'S A LINK AT THE END OF THIS PRESENTATION TO, UH, AN INTERACTIVE MAPPING TOOL THAT WE CREATED TO HELP VISUALIZE THE IMPACT OF COMPATIBILITY ON VERTICAL MIXED USE PROJECTS, UH, OR VERTICAL MAKES YOU ZONED SITES.

AND SO I HAVE AN EXAMPLE HERE TODAY, UM, OF SOME VMU ZONING THAT IS LOCATED AT CANUCK AND ALLENDALE AND, UM, BURNET ROAD.

SO THIS IS IN NORTH SORT OF CENTRAL WEST AUSTIN.

I BELIEVE IT'S DISTRICT FIVE.

AND, UM, THIS IS AN IMAGINE AUSTIN CORRIDOR.

IT'S SERVED BY THE 8 0 3 METRO RAPID AND HERE YOU'LL SEE THE BLACK OUTLINES ON THESE PARCELS INDICATES THAT THEY HAVE VMU ZONING.

UH, THERE BASED ZONING IS, UM, MOST ALL OF THESE ARE CS BASED ZONES.

UH, THE LA DEPTHS HERE RANGE FROM 180 FEET, THIS TOP RIGHT PARCEL, THAT'S KIND OF HIGHLIGHTED 180 FEET IS A CVS OR A WALGREENS TODAY.

UM, THIS BOTTOM ONE BOTTOM RIGHT IS 330 FEET DEEP.

IT'S KIND OF AN ANGLED PROPERTY.

AND THEN THIS LARGE SITE ON THE TOP LEFT IS 500 FEET DEEP.

AND THAT IS TODAY AN HEB, UM, SHOPPING CENTER.

SO I'M WALKING YOU THROUGH, UM, TURNING ON DIFFERENT LAYERS IN THAT MAP TOOL THAT IS PUBLICLY AVAILABLE.

AND JUST GOING TO WALK YOU THROUGH WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE AS THESE COMPATIBILITY STANDARDS APPLY.

SO THESE BLACK AND BROWN, UM, PARCELS NOW, OR, OR COLORS ON THE SCREEN CORRESPOND TO WHERE THERE'S A PROPERTY THAT WOULD TRIGGER COMPATIBILITY.

AND SO THESE ARE ALL SINGLE FAMILIES, ZONED SITES OR SINGLE FAMILY USES AROUND THIS PARTICULAR CORRIDOR NEXT TO THAT, YOU WOULD HAVE THIS 25 FOOT, NO STRUCTURE ZONE.

AND SO YOU START TO SEE THAT'S THE RED, UM, WHERE YOU COULD NOT HAVE ANY STRUCTURES ON THOSE PARTICULAR SITES.

THIS PINK NOW IS SHOWING THAT AREA THAT IS UP TO 50 FEET AWAY FROM THE COMPATIBILITY TRIGGERING PROPERTIES.

AND SO IT'S HIGHLIGHTING IN PINK AND THAT THIS WHOLE AREA COULD NOW BUILD TO 30 FEET MAXIMUM HEIGHT BUILDING ON THAT.

YOU GET TO A HUNDRED FEET AWAY FROM YOUR COMPATIBILITY TRIGGERING PROPERTY.

YOU COULD BUILD UP TO 40 FEET MAX HEIGHT ACROSS THIS ENTIRE AREA.

FINALLY, YOU HAVE, THERE'S A MUCH LARGER JUMP FROM THE A HUNDRED FEET TO 200 FEET FROM A COMPATIBILITY TRIGGERING PROPERTY.

AND SO NOW THE AREA IN BLUE HERE SHOWING WHERE YOU COULD REACH JUST 10 ADDITIONAL FEET ABOVE THAT, WHICH IS 50 FEET IN MAXIMUM HEIGHT.

BEAR IN MIND.

THIS IS NOT THE MAXIMUM HEIGHT PER CODE FOR THE BASE ZONING DISTRICT OF CFS.

THAT'S 60 FEET, BUT BLUE HERE SHOWING NOW WHERE YOU COULD REACH 50 FEET IN HEIGHT.

AND FINALLY, UM, THIS GREEN AREA IS SHOWING WHERE YOU COULD REACH THAT

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BASE MAXIMUM HEIGHT, WHICH IS 60 FEET.

SO ONLY THE ATB PARKING LOT AREA WOULD ACTUALLY BE ABLE TO REACH 60 FEET BECAUSE IT IS UP TO 300, 400 APOLOGIES, 300 FEET FROM A COMPATIBILITY TRIGGERING PROPERTY.

AND SO AGAIN, THERE'S OUR LAW DEPTHS IN THIS PARTICULAR EXAMPLE.

UM, AND YOU CAN SEE HOW THAT CORRESPONDS TO THE DIFFERENT HEIGHTS THAT THEY MIGHT BE ALLOWED TO BUILD WITH COMPATIBILITY STANDARDS TODAY.

AND THERE'S A COUPLE OF THINGS I'LL POINT OUT HERE.

SO YOU CAN SEE WHERE WE'RE KIND OF SEEING IT CAN BE CONFUSING.

THAT'S WHERE WE WANTED TO BREAK THIS DOWN, HOW YOU'RE SEEING HEIGHTS AS A PARTICULAR COLOR, BUT WE USUALLY THINK OF COMPATIBILITY AS A DISTANCE FROM OUR PROPERTY.

SO I'M TRYING TO SHOW SOME DIFFERENT DISTANCES FROM THOSE COMPATIBILITY TRIGGERING PROPERTIES AND SOMETHING THAT YOU'LL EVEN NOTICE HERE IS THE WAY THAT THERE'S, UM, COMPATIBILITY ON THE OTHER SIDE OF BURNET THAT'S ON THE EAST SIDE OF BURNET ROAD IS ACTUALLY TRIGGERING, UM, A HEIGHT STEP BACK ONTO THE ATB PROPERTY, WHICH IS ON THE WEST SIDE OF BURNET.

SO IT'S CROSSING OVER THE CORRIDOR AND THEN TRIGGERING COMPATIBILITY, UM, TO LIMIT THE HEIGHT FURTHER.

UM, IN THIS PARTICULAR EXAMPLE, THERE'S ONLY ONE PROJECT THAT HAS ACTUALLY REDEVELOPED SINCE 2010, WHEN THE VMU PROGRAM, UM, WAS ADOPTED.

AND IT DID NOT DEVELOP AS A VMU PROJECT, UH, DEVELOPED AS A LARGE STORAGE FACILITY, CONVENIENT STORAGE.

SO IT'S THIRD, IT'S THREE FEET IN HEIGHT, NOT THREE FEET, THREE STORIES IN HEIGHT.

UM, AND THIS IS THE ONLY PROPERTY IN THAT PARTICULAR AREA THAT HAS DEVELOPED, UM, IN THAT SINCE 2010.

SO, UM, I THINK WE ALREADY SHOWED THAT GRAPHIC, THE LINK HERE, UH, IS TO THAT INTERACTIVE MAP TOOL WHERE ANYONE, ANY MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC CAN START TO LOOK AT THE IMPACTS OF COMPATIBILITY TODAY ON THE BMU PROGRAM AND WHERE THEY CAN LOOK AT WHERE VMU ZONE SITES ARE LOCATED, UM, WHICH PROJECTS HAVE DEVELOPED AS VMU PROJECTS OR OTHER IF THEY DEVELOPED, BUT THEY DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN VMU.

YOU CAN VIEW THAT ON THIS MAP AS WELL, AND I WILL LEAVE IT THERE.

THAT IS ALL FOR OUR PRESENTATION TODAY.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

UM, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

THIS IS VERY, VERY HELPFUL.

I APPRECIATE IT.

UM, I HAVE, UH, MAYBE JUST ONE OR TWO QUESTIONS.

UM, DO YOU HAVE AVAILABLE, I, I WANT, I WANT TO UNDERSTAND THAT THE VMU PROGRAM HAS BEEN SUCCESSFUL AND WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT IS MAKING IT MUCH MORE SUCCESSFUL.

AND I THINK WHAT YOU'RE SHOWING US AROUND COMPATIBILITY TO JUST SHOWS WHAT THE POSSIBILITIES ARE.

DO YOU HAVE THAT SLIDE AVAILABLE THAT SHOWS THE NUMBER OF, UM, UNITS THAT HAVE BEEN BUILT UNDER VMU? YEP.

IF WE COULD PUT THE PRESENTATION AGAIN, I THINK IT'S HELPFUL TO SEE, UM, TO SEE THAT.

AND I KNOW THAT, YOU KNOW, WE DON'T KNOW FOR SURE CAUSE SOME OF THEM ARE STILL IN YEAH.

THIS ONE.

SO I JUST WANT TO POINT OUT TO MY COLLEAGUES THAT, UM, THAT THE VMU PROGRAM CAN BE MUCH MORE SUCCESSFUL AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE WORKING ON NOW.

UH, BECAUSE IF WE, IF WE REDUCE, IF WE RELAXED COMPATIBILITY IN THE WAY THAT THAT COUNCIL MEMBER BAYLA IS SUGGESTING THAT'S ONE, ONE WAY, BUT RELAXING IT THAT WAY WILL GET US, GET US SOME MORE, AS WELL AS ALLOWING THE 90 FOOT HEIGHT WILL ALLOW MORE TO, BUT THIS IS WHAT WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO DO SO FAR UNDER THE EXISTING PROGRAM, BECAUSE IT'S, UH, YOU KNOW, TO IT'S, IT'S A PROGRAM THAT'S USED.

SO THE POSSIBLE COMBINED IMPACT OUT OF COURSE, IS THAT SOME OF THESE ARE UNDER CONSTRUCTION AND IN PLANNING.

SO BEAR THAT IN MIND, BUT SO FAR, UM, WE'VE HAD, YOU KNOW, THE POTENTIAL FOR 73 PROJECTS, 15,700 UNITS OF, OF WHICH 1800 OR MORE THAN 1800 ARE AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

SO THE REASON I WANTED TO POINT THIS OUT TO FOLKS IS WE'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT ENHANCING A PROGRAM THAT HASN'T WORKED.

WE'RE TALKING ABOUT TAKING A PROGRAM THAT'S BEEN SUCCESSFUL AND SHOWN, SHOWN US THAT IT CAN BE SUCCESSFUL AND MAKING IT THAT MUCH MORE SUCCESSFUL.

I THINK THAT'S IMPORTANT BECAUSE IF IT WAS A PROGRAM THAT NO ONE WAS USING, THEN I WOULDN'T, YOU KNOW, WOULDN'T BE THE RIGHT VEHICLE TO BUILD ON, BUT BECAUSE IT HAS BEEN SUCCESSFUL, I THINK IT'S A GOOD VEHICLE TO BUILD ON.

SO, UM, IT'S A MEMORY MAP OR ONE MORE DATA POINT THAT WE DIDN'T INCLUDE IN THIS PARTICULAR SLIDE, BUT IT'S ALSO THAT, UM, OF ALL THE DEVELOPMENT THAT HAS HAPPENED ON THE MUSE OWNED PARCEL SINCE 2010, WE'VE ESTIMATED THAT ABOUT 34% OF THAT DEVELOPMENT HAS ACTUALLY BEEN THROUGH THE VMU PROGRAM.

SO ABOUT A THIRD OF ALL DEVELOPMENT ON BMU ZONE SITES, SINCE 2010 HAS ACTUALLY PARTICIPATED IN THE VERTICAL MIXED USE PROGRAM.

I THINK THAT'S PRETTY GOOD, DON'T YOU? IT IS HIGHER THAN SOME OF OUR OTHER, UM, YOU KNOW, REGULATING PLAN AREAS SPECIFICALLY.

UM, BUT IT IS PRETTY LOW COMPARED TO, FOR EXAMPLE, UNIVERSITY NEIGHBORHOOD OVERLAY OR DOWNTOWN DENSITY BONUS PER WELL, I DO THINK YOU DID SHOW ANOTHER SLIDE

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THAT SHOWED THE TWO PROGRAMS THAT WERE THE HIGHEST IN TERMS OF BEING USEFUL AND VMU WAS ONE OF THOSE.

SO I THINK IT'S JUST IMPORTANT FOR US ALL TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT WE'RE BUILDING OFF OF OFF A USEFUL PROGRAM, A SUCCESSFUL PROGRAM.

I DON'T THINK I DON'T DISAGREE.

I DON'T THINK ANYBODY DISAGREES THAT, THAT WHAT WE NEED TO DO IS TAKE THIS PROGRAM AND MAKE IT MORE USEFUL BY, YOU KNOW, BY RELAXING COMPATIBILITY AND BY, UM, AND BY ALLOWING MORE HIGH.

SO THE OTHER QUESTION THAT I HAD FOR YOU WAS, UM, W THE STAFF RECOMMENDATION, YOU KNOW, MY SUBSTITUTE DOES HAVE ONE DIFFERENCE, ONE IMPORTANT DIFFERENCE FROM THIS STAFF'S RECOMMENDATION THAT I WANT TO TALK ABOUT, AND THAT IS A LEVEL OF AFFORDABILITY.

SO, UM, THE STAFF RECOMMENDATION WAS A 10% AT 50% MFI AND 12% AT 60% MFI.

AND I AM, I AM PROPOSING MORE.

UM, AND THE REASON I'M PROPOSING MORE IS BECAUSE I REALLY THINK IT'S IMPORTANT FOR US TO GET AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

AND I'M THINKING THAT WHEN WE COMBINE, YOU KNOW, THE, THIS VMU DOCUMENT WAS NEVER INTENDED TO CHANGE COMPATIBILITY, THAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN IN ANOTHER DOCUMENT.

YOU KNOW, THE OTHER DOCUMENT THAT'S ITEM 66 HAS BEING BROUGHT FORWARD, BUT I DO AGREE WITH COUNCIL MEMBER VELAR MEMBER VAILA THAT IF WE MAKE AT LEAST SOME OF THE COMPATIBILITY CHANGES IN THIS ORDINANCE, WE CAN GET THEM GOING RIGHT AWAY.

IT'S NOT AN EITHER, OR WE'LL ALSO BE CONSIDERING ITEM 66, BUT THE POINT IS THAT MY THOUGHT IS THAT, THAT WE SHOULD PUSH THE ENVELOPE A BIT MORE IN TERMS OF GETTING, UM, AS MUCH AFFORDABILITY AS WE CAN.

UM, AND SO WHAT I'M SUGGESTING IS 15% AT 60% MFI, AS OPPOSED TO THE STAFF'S STAFF RECOMMENDATION OF 12 AT 60%, AND THEN I'M PROPOSING 12 AT 50% AS OPPOSED TO THE STAFF'S RECOMMENDATION OF 10.

SO THE DIFFERENCE IS THE STAFF IS RECOMMENDING 10, I'M RECOMMENDING 12 STAFF IS RECOMMENDING 12, I'M RECOMMENDING 15, BUT I'M THINKING THAT ALSO AT THE TIME THAT YOU ALL WERE THINKING ABOUT WHAT TO RECOMMEND, WE WEREN'T TALKING ABOUT CHANGING COMPATIBILITY.

SO NOW THAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT CHANGING COMPATIBILITY, I'M HOPING