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Wednesday, November 25, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Cap Metro asks for more transit in spending plan

As City Council considers a plan to disperse the “quarter-cent fund” among transportation projects around the city, the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority – the agency that initially contributed the funding to the city – is asking Council to prioritize more…

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

AISD changes school naming policy, barely

On Monday, the Austin Independent School District board of trustees unanimously tweaked its facilities naming policy. Although the change clarified the district’s ability to abolish controversial school names, it provided little guidance on if and how such a process might…

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Planning Commission OKs removal of one, maybe two, downtown heritage trees

At its recent meeting, the Planning Commission approved a variance that could save or destroy a downtown heritage live oak. The would-be developer of 504 East Eighth St. was seeking a variance to remove two heritage trees that have a…

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015 by Jack Craver

Council backs affordable housing development, despite location concerns

City Council gave the nod Thursday to a new 324-unit multifamily affordable housing development partially financed by 4 percent noncompetitive tax credits from the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs. The Council vote of “no objection” was required in…

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

City may hire temp officers for SXSW season

As South by Southwest and the whirlwind of events that surround it loom large on the horizon, the city and the Austin Police Association are discussing ways to cover the festival season without pulling many officers away from their duties.…

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Casa de Luz heads to court

It’s time to add another stanza to the Casa de Luz epic. The parking issues are now moving to district court after a variance request and appeal were denied by the Board of Adjustment. The Board of Adjustment is a…

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Clarksville demolition sails through city process

Last week, plans to demolish a contributing home in the Clarksville National Register Historic District moved forward after less than 15 minutes of discussion at the Historic Landmark Commission. Pecan Valley Homes can now move forward with the planned demolition…

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015 by Jack Craver

Council approves new recycling standards for construction material

In a victory for environmentalists, City Council voted Thursday to approve an ordinance that sets limits on the amount of material from a construction or demolition site that can go to waste. The ordinance, which passed 8-3, with Council members…

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015 by Caleb Pritchard
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TipSheet: Travis County, 11.24.15

The Travis County Commissioners Court meets at 9 a.m. Tuesday. In the interest of space, we’ve decided not to post the entire agenda here. The County Clerk’s office hosts a copy at its website. 2. Consider and take appropriate action…

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