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Update: Rental Registration for Central and North Central Neighborhoods—Citizen Input Needed

COA’s Code Enforcement office has 90 days from June 6th to solicit input on the Tovo-Martinez Rental Registration Resolution that passed by a 5 – 2 vote. Please contact Code Enforcement to request that you be included in the discussion. We only have 90 days! The Community Development Commission and Building and Standards Commission will […]

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Austin Rental Registration 5 – 2 in Favor

A Resolution by Council Members Tovo and Martinez for a pilot rental registration program passed 5 to 2 vote at June 6, 2013 Austin City Council Meeting–Mayor Leffingwell and Councilman Spelman voting against. The areas included in the pilot rental registration program are Rundberg, East Riverside/Oltorf Combined Neighborhood area, Central Austin Neighborhood Advisory Planning Committee […]

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What’s good for the Goose is Good for the Gander

Mueller Development’s marketing and communication department stated in email correspondence that Mueller does not have duplexes that allow six unrelated adults and has no plans for developing them. See development plans here. If it is OK to spare the City’s “new urbanism” neighborhood at Mueller from stealth dorms, it’s good enough for Austin’s old established […]

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Update: Harris Avenue Stealth Dorm

Cutsinger Custom Homes has started construction of a 6-bedroom, 4-bath duplex building at 718 Harris Avenue, across from Lee Elementary School. The approved plan calls for 6 parking spaces on-site accessed from a dead-end alley (on Waller Creek) that pours into streets crowded with children as they go to and from school. The lot is […]

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Support Tovo/Martiznez Stand Up Against Stealth Dorms

In an important first step, Council Members Tovo and Martinez stand up to stop abuses of the rental code and stealth dorms. We need to stand with them to ensure success of their initial efforts. Their resolution is before the Council Thursday, June 6th. Let Council know you support Tovo/Martinez’s resolution. Here are two simple […]

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ANC Central Sector Meets with City Code Enforcement on Stealth Dorms

The Austin Neighborhood Council (ANC) Central Sector recently met with Carl Smart, director of Code Compliance for the City of Austin. The consensus was that dealing with stealth dorms requires more cooperation and interaction among City departments. For instance, an extra PDRD review of some building plans would probably catch some problematic floor plans. Vehicles parked in […]

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Stealth Dorms Taking Over Northfield; What Has the City Done?

In the Northfield neighborhood, within the boundaries of 51st, Lamar, Airport, and Koenig, there are more than 70 (the last time I looked it was 74) documented “stealth dorms.” We have a link at www.northfieldna.org to our white paper and a map of these properties in our neighborhood. With approximately 1400-1500 homes in Northfield, these […]

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The Domino Effect of Dorm-Style Duplexes

The multitude of nuisance, safety and traffic problems that dorm-style housing generates is absolutely incompatible with family neighborhoods and can have a rapid devastating impact on single-family neighborhoods. Mike Wong, president of Northfield Neighborhood Association stated that his neighborhood has lost 10 single-family homes since the start of 2013 to dorm-style housing, and more are […]

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“Surrounded by Stealth Dorms”—Letter from Rio Grande Street

My name is Susan Rodenko and I am surrounded by stealth dorms on Rio Grande Street. I will try to take emotion out and give the facts, but it’s very difficult to do that. It was and is a very bad situation. Following were my daily experiences sandwiched between two “stealth dorms” under construction by […]

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Safety Concerns from Lee Elementary Community

This brief video, created by a fifth grader at Lee Elementary, highlights the concerns that parents have about the safety of children walking and biking to school, which is directly across from a proposed dorm-style duplex development on Harris Avenue.

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