At the end of January 2019 neighbors with property adjoining the United Christian Church that at 3500 W Parmer received a mailed notice the UCC had requested a zoning change to allow a Verizon cell phone tower — a 100 ft tall monopole and supporting equipment within 840 square feet — since the current zoning doesn’t allow sufficient height.
The Permit/Case number is 2019-009809ZC; the case details are available at the City’s zoning public search site (the home page for the public search is https://abc.austintexas.gov/web/permit/public-search-other?reset=true). The zoning case document (PDF) shows that the planned site is on the church property close to Parmer.
A number of nearby neighbors expressed concerns on both our Facebook group and on NextDoor. Our Zoning Chair emailed the church to asked the church for a meeting but never heard back from them. He also discussed the project with some of the concerned neighbors, but no formal action has been taken regarding the zoning change.
A public Zoning & Platting meeting will be scheduled; as of this writing (3/16/19) the date has not been set.
update: Hearings scheduled
Per a mailed notice received March 26 (hearing notice), the Zoning and Platting meeting is scheduled for
April 2 May 7. Late on April 1 we were notified that Verizon requested a postponement of the April 2nd public hearing for the zoning ordinance to discuss staff’s proposed restrictions with the Church. The case will now be reviewed at the May 7th ZAP meeting. Letter requesting delay in ZAP meeting
ZAP meetings begin at 6 PM, there is no way to know when this case will be heard. ZAP meetings are at City Hall, Council Chamber unless otherwise listed. 2019 meeting schedule with agendas. If you wish to share your opinion with the ZAP Commission, print and fill out the comment page and mail it ASAP as indicated on that form.
The City Council’s first reading – the only reading where the public can speak – is scheduled for April 25. Per the zoning notice, the Council will meet at City Hall Council Chambers, the reading will be at or after 2 PM. If you wish to speak on this (or any other) topic, you must register ahead of time.