Property owner files for zoning change on Jollyville Road to construct three-story office building

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The owner of a nearly 1-acre vacant parcel of land on Jollyville Road in Northwest Austin is seeking a zoning change to allow for the construction of a three-story office building.

In an email to residents, Kurt Cadena-Mitchell, chief of staff for District 10 City Council Member Alison Alter, wrote the District 10 office was alerted of the zoning change application. The applicant seeks to change the zoning of the parcel at 11586 Jollyville Road from I-SF-2, a single-family zoning, to GO-CO, which is general office with some restrictions, according to the District 10 office.

The owner, Kevin Lange from Legacy One Financial Advisors, wrote Aug. 5 in the cover letter with the application he intends to build a three-story office building to locate his business. Legacy One has an office at 8911 N. Capital of Texas Hwy., Bldg. 3, Ste. 3210, Austin, as well as one in Georgetown.

In the letter, Lange writes that his property, though zoned single-family, is surrounded by properties that are zoned for multifamily, office and commercial uses.

He states the zoning change would allow for “a community-scale office project with quality building design that is consistent with the surrounding area and would provide a conditional overlay that limits the height to 55 feet. Allowing a quality three-story design will also enable us to preserve more trees on the property because it would not force the project to spread out across a broader site area.”

Lange’s representative, Michael Gaudini, from Armbrust & Brown who assists clients on zoning and land-use matters, said the project will be fairly small.

“I think this is a pretty straightforward and commonsense case that everyone can support,” he wrote in an email.

The vacant lot previously had a single-family home on-site. The home was demolished in early 2018, according to city documents.

Cadena-Mitchell stated in the email the case will have to first be reviewed by the city’s Zoning and Platting Commission before heading to Austin City Council for a potential final decision. It could take one to two months until city staffers make a recommendation on the case.

Lange has also indicated to the District 10 office he is willing to meet with neighbors and neighborhood organizations about the zoning change, according to District 10.

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Amy Denney
Amy has been reporting in community journalism since 2007. She worked in the Chicago suburbs for three years before migrating south and joined Community Impact Newspaper in September 2010. Amy has been editor of the Northwest Austin publication since August 2012 and she is also the transportation beat reporter for the Austin area.
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