HPNA June 2014 Meeting: Resolution

The following resolution will be presented, potentially amended, and voted upon at the June 2014 meeting of the Hyde Park Neighborhood Association:

The Hyde Park Neighborhood Association resolves to send the following letter to City Council, the Board of Adjustment, the Planning Commission, the Historic Landmark Commission, the City Manager, the Historic Preservation Office, and the Planning and Zoning Department:

The membership of the Hyde Park Neighborhood Association wishes to address several issues related to the improper permitting of an addition to the Adams House bed and breakfast. 

The membership of the Hyde Park Neighborhood Association is concerned and disappointed about the way the City of Austin mishandled the permitting of the Adams House Bed and Breakfast addition.  The inability of the City of Austin Planning and Zoning Department to apply the standards clearly stated in City Code led to loss of time and money, confusion, and disagreement.

The HPNA supports the owners of the Adams House in their attempt to request redress from the City of Austin. However, the HPNA resents being put in the position of having to choose between our neighbors and our protections. Our support for corrective action is limited to this particular circumstance and should not be construed by the City of Austin as precedent setting.

As a result of numerous permitting errors observed over a period of years, we insist city zoning be applied correctly under any and all circumstances. Further, we expect the city to invest in additional resources and staff training and to renew its attention to detail in order to avoid such errors in the future. Hyde Park already provides an advisory body, a Development Review Committee, to assist with the development process.  However, the final responsibility for correct permitting and code enforcement lies with the City of Austin, and we rely on the City to do it correctly.

It is our fervent hope that in the future the City will apply the Code as written, so that the protections it provides for our neighborhood, our NCCDs, our Local Historic District, and the McMansion ordinance, will never again be put into jeopardy, and property owners will not be subjected to stress and expense.