South Austin residents say growth is too fast

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The demand for housing continues to grow in Austin. The rapid growth has people in one South Austin neighborhood asking the city to step in and balance that development.

South Lamar Blvd. is changing shape, sprawling with development. The South Lamar Neighborhood is tucked away just south of Oltorf Street.

“When we moved here, we knew South Lamar was a corridor expected to be developed densely,” said Aaron Johnson. “It’s a great place to live. It comes with all the struggles of dense growth, right?”

Del Curto Road, which becomes Lightsey Road, is a two lane, windy, country-like road. It’s beginning to look like so much of Austin: lined with condos, duplexes and homes. Some neighbors say that growth isn’t sustainable.

“Drainage is a real problem. We’ve had neighbors that have been flooded,” said Bruce Evans, the vice president of the South Lamar Neighborhood Association. “There are no sidewalks. There are no curbs. There are no gutters.”

Austin City Council will consider implementing a plan to address concerns, taking a closer look at the zoning and land development plans for the neighborhood.

And it’s not just about safety and infrastructure for the people living in the area.

“There is so much development in this neighborhood; the character of this neighborhood is being threatened,” said Evans.

City Council will vote on the South Lamar Neighborhood Mitigation Plan Thursday. Any approval would be part of Code Next, which is the city’s overall plan to re-vamp land development codes to simplify zoning rules.

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