submitted by Tom Linehan [Email address: tlinehan #AT# austin.rr.com - replace #AT# with @ ]
On Monday, June 4, ANA submitted its application for Vertical Mixed Use (VMU) to the City. The recommendations were approved by the ANA Executive Committee in a 5-4 vote on Friday, June1. The recommendations deviated significantly from the recommendations submitted to the EC by the ANA VMU team. Instead of accepting many of the properties into the VMU overlay district with conditions as was recommended by the VMU Team, the EC elected to opt-out many of the properties with the exception of the Northcross Mall property and the properties along Burnet Road near North Loop. The overriding concern by members of the EC supporting the substitute plan was inadequate city infrastructure to support the increased density that VMU would bring.