Affordable housing complex The Rhett denied by Zoning and Platting Commission

The applicant's request to rezone 5 acres of land to build a 250-unit complex, The Rhett, was denied. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
The applicant's request to rezone 5 acres of land to build a 250-unit complex, The Rhett, was denied. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)

The applicant's request to rezone 5 acres of land to build a 250-unit complex, The Rhett, was denied. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Zoning and Platting Commission denied a request from Zydeco Development Corporation to rezone a 5-acre tract to build an affordable housing apartment complex called The Rhett.

The property, located at 1000 East Yager Lane, Austin, is undeveloped land surrounded by a residential neighborhood with single-family homes and duplexes to the north; the Yager Technology Center and Yager Food Store to the east; a townhouse complex known as Coppertree to the south; and more single-family residencies to the west.


The applicant planned The Rhett to be 2.68 acres and feature 250 units. Additionally, the applicant planned for The Rhett to participate in the Affordability Unlocked Program.

Commissioners' primary reason for denying the request is the rezoning is based on the applicant's desire to build a 64-foot tall building when the current zoning allows for 60 feet. The extra 4 feet would have been meant for aesthetic purposes only, according to city documents.
By Trent Thompson

Reporter, Austin Metro

Trent joined Community Impact Newspaper as an intern in May 2021 after graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Texas, Austin in December 2020. In July 2021, he was promoted to Austin Metro reporter. He covers several news beats from education and government to dining, transportation, nonprofits, and healthcare. However, his primary beat is business and development. Before working at CI, Trent wrote for The Daily Texan, UT's daily student newspaper, and worked on many projects of his own for his undergraduate program. In his free time Trent writes poetry, spends time with loved ones, and watches Star Wars for the hundredth time, including other new movies.