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Overview of the Collection

Administrative History

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

I. City Plan Commission, 1944-1949

II. Planning Commission, 1986-1988

Austin History Center

Austin (Tex.). Boards and Commissions. Planning Commission Records

An Inventory to the Collection



Overview of the Collection

Creator: Austin (Tex.). Planning Commission
Title: Austin (Tex.). Boards and Commissions. Planning Commission Records
Inclusive Dates: 1944-1988
Abstract: Agendas, reports, notes, and correspondence reflect the activities of the City of Austin Planning Commission from 1944-1949 and 1986-1988. The duties of the commission are to make and amend a master plan, recommend approval or disapproval of proposed zoning changes, control land subdivision within neighborhood planning areas and submit, annually, a list of recommended capital improvements.
Identification: AR.2011.010
Quantity: .8 linear feet (2 boxes)
Location: Archives Stacks
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,  810 Guadalupe,  PO BOX 2287,  Austin, TX 78768

Administrative History

Boards and commissions are an established feature of Austin's municipal government. State, federal and Charter provisions establish several of the City's boards and commissions, while most result from the passage of ordinances. Boards and commissions address a multitude of topics including planning, zoning, transportation, parks, libraries and the airport. Their influence and value are significant because they lend a more diverse viewpoint for the City Council to consider, by offering citizens an opportunity to participate in the City's governmental process. A full list of the current City of Austin boards and commissions is available on the City of Austin website.

Coordinating appointments to City of Austin boards and commissions are overseen by the City of Austin Office of the City Clerk. The City Clerk website is also a clearinghouse for disseminating information about boards and commissions to the public. However, each board and commission has an advising representative from a relevant corresponding city department. The Planning Commission has city staff from the Planning and Development Review Department assigned to it. Board and commission members must be nominated by a member of the City Council.

Duties of the Planning Commission (or City Plan Commission as it was called originally) are to make and amend a master plan, recommend approval or disapproval of proposed zoning changes, control land subdivision within neighborhood planning areas and submit, annually, a list of recommended capital improvements. See Article X of the City Charter.

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Scope and Contents

The collection is arranged into two series: City Plan Commission Records and the Planning Commission Records. The City Plan Commission Records series contain .2 linear feet of materials dated 1944-1949. Included is correspondence between the City Plan Commission and City of Austin officials such as the Mayor and City Manager; meeting minutes and notes; discussion about the duties of the City Planning Division (Department) and Planning Department reports; and various reports including the 1947 and 1948 City Plan Commission Annual Reports, the Preliminary Capitol Plan Report of the Austin City Plan Commission, and a report on the value of a comprehensive Master Plan.

The Planning Commission Records series contains .6 linear feet of materials dated from 1986 to 1988. Included is the Planning Commission "Correspondence Pad" which contains, in addition to correspondence, memorandum, work plans, telephone message slips and copies of the Austin Agenda. The "Correspondence Pad" documents the contentious relationship between Planning Commissioner Chris Eakle and Commission Chair Mary Arnold. Also documented is the work of the Land Development Task Group and its subcommittee the Austinplan Transition Task Group through agendas, reports, notes, and correspondence. The material also offers insight into the Commission's consideration of the sign ordinance, the Town Lake Park Plan and the waterfront overlay zone for the Town Lake corridor.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged in two series:
I. City Plan Commission, 1944-1949
II. Planning Commission, 1986-1989

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use

None.

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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Persons:
Arnold, Mary.
Cousar, James.
Eakle, Chris.
Guttman, Walter.
Kuehne, Hugo Franz.
Schutze, C. A.
Organizations:
Austin (Tex.). City Plan Commission.
Austin (Tex.). Planning Commission.
Places:
Austin (Tex.).
Subjects:
City planning--Texas--Austin.
Signs and signboards--Law and legislation--Texas--Austin.
Document Types:
Agendas
Correspondence
Notes
Reports

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Related Material

Austin (Tex.) Planning Commission Minutes and Agenda are cataloged in the General Collection under call number 352.96 AuP693M. The years 1977-2010 are available.

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Separated Material

To the General Collection:


  • Austinplan: Land Development Assessment Report. City of Austin Planning and Growth Management Department, October 1987.
  • Austinplan: Land Use Element: Strategy for Action (Revised Draft). City of Austin Planning and Growth Management Department, February 1988.
  • A Proposal For The Creation Of An Organization For The City Of Austin For Planning And Development Of The Municipality. Austin (Tex.). City Plan Commission., 1943.
  • Town Lake Waterfront Overlay Zone: Supplemental Information. City of Austin Town Lake Task Force, 1985.
  • Town Lake Park: Comprehensive Plan. Johnson, Johnson & Roy, Inc., 1987.

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Administrative Information

Custodial History

The Planning Commission records were donated by James Cousar in 2009. Cousar served as Mayor Frank Cooksey's appointee during the time period reflected in the records. The City Plan Commission records were donated by a family member of former Plan Commission member Walter Guttman.

Preferred Citation

Austin (Tex.). Boards and Commissions. Planning Commission Records (AR.2011.010). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/2009/060

Donation Date: 2009

Donor #: DO/1996/041

Donation Date: 1996

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Molly Hults/2009. Revised and encoded by Ashley Adair/2011.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

I. City Plan Commission, 1944-1949

Box Folder
2 6 Correspondence, 1946-1949
7 Meeting minutes, 1948-1949
8 Planning Division (Department), 1948-1949
10 Reports, 1944-1949

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II. Planning Commission, 1986-1988

Box Folder
1 1-2 Austinplan Transition Task Group, 1987-1988
3-6 Correspondence pad, 1987-1988
7-9 Land Development Task Group, 1986-1988
Box Folder
2 1-3 Sign ordinance, 1986
4 Town Lake Park Plan, 1988
5 Town Lake overlay, 1986

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