From day one we have been for smart redevelopment of Austin Oaks. We've also been very consistent about the no PUD position. Here are some reasons why:
The key thing about SMART REDEVELOPMENT is to do it WITHOUT PUD re-zoning designation to properties.
Because....PUDS are problematic.
1. They are difficult and labor intensive to manage for the city staff --who are already inundated with conventional zoning projects.
2. PUDS require extra city resources (read: time, money & people) to support the city's obligations to the developer receiving the PUD.
3. And multiple PUDS along MoPac will bring a tsunami of work & expenses and ripple effects that undermine any good they would bring our already stretched city resources.
Simply put, PUDS are not smart business for our community. While they may make fantastic sense for a developer, they're beyond disruptive to the local economic environment & infrastructure.
So, for all the folks out saying this position is EXTREME or unreasonable, think again please. We want to be extra clear: redevelopment is a-okay; but it has to be smart for Austin. And starting discussions from one extreme POV (the developers' vision for us) is not an amenable way to begin a business relationship with anybody or any community. We want to have a seat at the table to design something that is worthy of AUSTIN!
Please read " Givers, Takers & Matchers " to understand our viewpoint. The article is linked here: