Understanding City of Austin’s Fee in Lieu Sidewalk Requirements


Designing how an urban home meets the street is an important part of what we do here at Clark Richardson Architects and a big part of that intersection is the choice to build or not to build a pedestrian sidewalk in front of your home.   In 2008, City of Austin passed an ordinance requiring that any new residential home, or expansion of a home over 50% of its existing square footage must be in compliance with the City’s sidewalk ordinance.  Per CoA, There are three avenues of compliance outlined below :  sidewalk construction, fee in-lieu, or a waiver (from the fee and construction).

1) If you’d like to build the sidewalk simply depict its location on your residential plan review and a DS, or driveway-sidewalk permit,  will be generated with the approved building permit.  The sidewalk should be 4’ wide, 2 feet off the property line within the right of way.  The person who does the work must be licensed and bonded to work in the City’s right-of-way.   The permit is issued at 3701 Lake Austin Blvd between the hours of 9 am and 1 pm.

2) If you do not wish to install a sidewalk, you may qualify to pay into the sidewalk fund if your site:

a)is on a block where less than 50% of the lots have a sidewalk, b)is in a subdivision that does include a sidewalk requirement, and c)does not contain more than two residential units.

The sidewalk fee is $7.50/sq ft of sidewalk (a 4′ walk minus the driveway).  Please note that the fund is used to install sidewalks within the neighborhood which the house is located, but not necessarily in front of the house itself. The funds will be used to implement the adopted neighborhood plan, the City Pedestrian Master Plan, and to make connections to places such as schools, parks, transit, and the like.  If the money is not used within ten years, it can be refunded to you at your request.

3) A third option, a sidewalk waiver, relieves a site from installation and the sidewalk fee. In order to qualify for a sidewalk waiver:

a) The site cannot be in an approved neighborhood plan where sidewalks have been identified for installation/upgrade.b) The street cannot rank high on the City’s Pedestrian Master Plan.c) The site must be 1/2 mile away from any pedestrian generating use: a church, bus route, bus stop, school (public or private), park, community center, non-residential uses.d) The site’s land use and density should not be conducive to pedestrian access.

 

 

Project Portfolio: Central Austin Residence

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Sharing these great images of our Central Austin Residence completed with Mezger Homes in North Hyde Park, Austin TX.

Clark Richardson Architects took a staged approach to the design by providing a front living space volume that was one story and gabled and a setback rear two-story bedroom volume. The two were connected by a covered screen porch and the secondary spaces of the house like the pantry, laundry and powder room. From the street, in true Hyde Park style, a long porch greets the neighborhood punctuated by more modern vertical windows which penetrate the painted brick portion of the facade up into the vaulted space of the front living room as dormers. See our website for more about this project linked below:

Central Austin Residence Architectural Video Link

Central Austin Residence Portfolio Link

Update: 05.17.2017:  Excited to have this project featured on Home Adore, an architecture and interiors design blog.  https://homeadore.com/2017/05/17/north-hyde-park-residence-clark-richardson-architects/

Update: See this project on Dwell’s Featured Homes Page linked below: https://www.dwell.com/home/central-austin-residence-db0dd822

 

Project Portfolio: Eilers Residence

Central Austin ResidenceWe’re excited to share some video from our recently completed Eilers Residence, a master suite addition and renovation to an existing Central Austin Home built in the 1940’s with AR Lucas Construction.  Here, the simple axial layout of the master bedroom is tied directly on axis to the master bath suite with the bed on axis with a free standing soaker tub.  Walnut cabinets are deployed throughout including dual built-in master closets in the bedroom and the master vanity cabinets.  A lueder’s limestone floor and feature wall frame the master bath with views to the existing heritage tree to the east of the house.

Eilers Residence Project Portfolio

Architectural Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MKQxRAUceg

2018: Awarded 2018 Master of Design Gold Award from Qualified Remodeler Magazine 2017: Awarded Regional NARI Coty Award in the Addition Category 2016: Awarded Austin NARI Coty Award in the Addition Category