Live blogging the Spring zoning decision

9:20: Arguments from supporters and opponents just ended. Signed supporters (for zoning change to authorize Spring) outnumbered opponents 68-to-28.

9:22: A representative of the Spring developers announced their commitment to donate $100k to maintain the Bouldin Creek Greenbelt and $150k towards an affordable housing non-profit.

9:26: Council Member McCracken motions to support the re-zoning on all 3 readings.

9:35: Council Member Alvarez wavers, but rambles across virtually all of the developers’ talking points to support the motion.

9:37: Council Member Leffingwell solidly affirms that the Spring is the best way to promote density and protect interior neighborhoods.

9:39: Counil Member Kim initially hesitated given the location, but now supports it. Oddly enough, she thinks that the pending downtown neighborhood plan will be an opportune time to revisit the impact of the Spring.

9:40: Council Member Dunkerley quote: “I like height and I like density, and I think this is an appropriate place for both.”

9:41: Council Member Thomas hesitates on approving all 3 readings based on the concerns expressed during the hearing. He expressed particular concerns about the nature of affordability affected by the Spring.

9:43: Mayor Wynn thinks this is a “neat little pocket of a location” and interjects the issue of tremendous energy efficiency gains from such projects on the way to his approval.

9:46: The Spring is approved on a vote of 6-to-1.

I’d be pissed if my ass weren’t so tired after sitting here for 5 hours.

1 Comment so far

  1. El (unregistered) on November 18th, 2005 @ 12:04 pm

    Re:Spring Condo’s and others.
    I’ll believe it when I see the hole in the ground.Most of these projects are just developer daydreams. When the housing bubble pops in 06′ most of these big projects will be shelved.



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