Mayor Steve Adler betrayed us! We will not forget his broken promises:

“We need to end planning by exception and variance, and we need to stop the use of PUDs and other devices to get around the rules.” – Candidate Steve Adler as quoted in September 30, 2014 Austin Monitor, "Austin Neighborhoods Council endorses candidates"

“We can’t keep planning this city through a practice of variance and exception.  Approvals should come with greater frequency administratively, because the rules are known and clear.” – Mayor Steve Adler on April 1, 2015 in Speech: Austin Chamber



Champion Tract 3
Location: eastern corner of City Park Rd. and FM2222Champion Tract3

Despite the incredible support of District 10 Alison Alter and policy aide Kurt Cadena-Mitchell, the City Council voted 6-5 on Feb 15, 2018 to reinstate the horrific environmental variances and waiver of public processes. Mayor Pro Tem Tovo
and Council Members Alter, Ora Houston, Ann Kitchen, and Leslie Pool supported the neighborhoods. These leaders respected the recommendation of the experts who serve on the Environmental Commission.

However, another alternative came together just days before the Thursday Council meeting. Jonathan Coon, who previously purchased the 145-acre "Camelback" tract that runs from Pennybacker bridge to City Park Road, met with LAC Directors on Sunday, 11 February, with a concept of purchasing the Champion Tract 3 if he can get approval for his vision on the Camelback property. He and Slate Real Estate requested and received the endorsement of LAC on Wednesday, 14 February, and that evening Mr. Coon executed a 6-month option to purchase the Champion Tract 3.

Mr. Coon's proposal would develop Tract 3 less intensely than the 325-unit apartment complex that Slate Real Estate planned to develop. Instead of 300K+ square feet of apartments, Mr. Coon would restrict development of Tract 3 to a 120K square foot senior living facility that would have its primary access onto FM2222 rather than City Park Road. The 6-month option to purchase Tract 3 is dependent on Mr. Coon receiving the City's approval to amend the 1986 PUD for developing the Camelback property. Coon is not going to bypass any of the public processes that may be required to amend the PUD and execute his vision.

20Feb2018 Meeting with Jonathan CoonHere are the conceptual plans for Mr. Coon's vision of the Camelback development. He hosted a meeting on Tuesday, Feb 20 at the Austin Country Club where he presented his concept to a roomful of area residents who were interested in learning about the proposal. Thank you to all who attended, including Council Member Alison Alter (shown at right addressing the crowd) and her policy aide Kurt Cadena-Mitchell. We will keep you informed as this option progresses.