701 and 711 W 7th Street in downtown Austin were seeking an upzoning to CBD. 701 W 7th is zoned “GR – general retail” and 711 W 7th is zoned “GO – general office”. Both zoning definitions cap building height at 60 feet.
According to InFactDaily, the City of Austin Planning Commission denied the applicant’s request for CBD zoning, and went with OANA’s recommendation for DMU-CURE, including: 1) capping the height oat 375ft, 2) the requirement that any project is mixed-use, and 3) 50% of the use to be residential.
Many members of OANA [that I’ve worked with] see the importance of high-density residential use in the urban core, and see it as a complement to the historical character of the adjacent neighborhood. It’s a nice dose of reasonableness, IMO.
Below, I’ve created a quick model to show the massing without CVC encumbrance. The perspective is to the south and the building height is 375ft.