Project Timeline

Below is a brief timeline of recent documents, community input, and Commissioners Court actions related to the Palm School.

  1. On April 12, 2018, the Commissioners Court received the Historic Structure Report for the Palm School building.
  2. On May 8, 2018, the Commissioners Court created a Palm School Advisory Board and approved the board's charge. The charge was the following: "to draft recommended covenants for deed-restricted sale or long-term lease of the Palm School property, considering its significant cultural, historic, and real estate value." The Advisory Board was composed of three representatives, with each one bringing expertise in one of three areas: historic preservation, real estate, and community history. The Court also authorized a new appraisal for the Palm School site.
  3. On June 19, 2018, Travis County staff hosted a community meeting and conducted a survey. The purpose of the community meeting and survey was to gather input on preservation priorities, preferred community uses, relationship to Palm Park, and new development.
  4. Between June 2018 and January 2019, the Palm School Advisory Board met and created draft restrictive covenants for the sale or long-term lease of Palm School. (An overview of the covenants can be found in this presentation given to Commissioners Court on June 4, 2019.)
  5. On April 3, 2019, Travis County staff hosted a second community meeting, with the purpose of gathering input on the restrictive covenants drafted by the Advisory Board, and conducted a survey.
  6. On June 4, 2019, the Commissioners Court received a presentation from Travis County staff, and voted to adopt restrictive covenants for the Palm School site and direct the County Attorney's Office to finalize them for approval by the Commissioners Court. The vote included the Court's desire to allow Travis County residents to submit their suggestions for the restrictive covenants. Up until this point, the Commissioners Court had seen restrictive covenants in general form. The County Attorney's Office was directed to take the general form of the restrictive covenants and create specific legal language from it.
  7. On August 20, 2019, the Commissioners Court received a draft copy of the specific legal language, drafted by the County Attorney's Office, of the restrictive covenants for sale or long-term lease of the Palm School property. The Court then voted to open a public comment period so that County residents may review this legal language and make comments on it.

To view videos of Commissioners Court meetings where these presentations occurred, please visit the Commissioners Court Meeting Calendar.

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Allison Fink, Planning Project Manager

Brittany Nevins, Community & Economic Development Specialist

700 Lavaca, Ste. #1560
Austin, TX 78701 (Map)

Phone: (512) 854-1161