Friday, June 12, 2009

Austin's Lady Bird Lake Height Limits Ok'd

Austin American-Statesman, June 12, 2009

Developers will be bound by new height restrictions along Lady Bird Lake under rules adopted Thursday night by the Austin City Council.

The limits are mostly a victory for neighborhood activists, who have said for two years that high-rise development could spoil vistas of the lake and block public access.

According to the new rules, buildings along the lake cannot exceed 96 feet in some areas and 60 feet in others.

Thursday's vote was the third and final one and required to enact the height limits. The votes have been spread over six weeks, during which time most disagreements were settled. The remaining sticking point concerned guidelines for the city to grant exemptions to the limits. Click here to read the full article.

(Photo Credit: Ricardo B. Brazziell, Austin American-Statesman)

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