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Friday, July 3, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Home of legendary UT coach remains in limbo

After a trip through the Planning Commission last week, the fate of famed University of Texas track coach Clyde Littlefield’s former house remains uncertain. Commissioners voted 4-3 to deny historic zoning for the West Campus home, with Chair Danette Chimenti…

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Friday, July 3, 2015 by Sunny Sone

Private-party permitting process is a go

After several months without word on progress, a resolution to create a permit process for private parties is moving forward. The resolution, passed last October, was in response to neighborhood complaints about parties in the West Campus area near the…

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Thursday, July 2, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

TCEQ upholds lake release limits

Despite recent wet weather, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality affirmed an emergency order Wednesday that extends limits on downstream releases from lakes Travis and Buchanan. The move comes in response to a request from the Lower Colorado River Authority…

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Thursday, July 2, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

CTRMA hears SH45 SW impact may be overblown

While many public entities have already voiced their concerns about State Highway 45 Southwest’s possible environmental consequences, a consultant with the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority said the anxiety might be misplaced. At Wednesday’s regular meeting, Michael Barrett presented CTRMA’s…

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Thursday, July 2, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Austin involved in two battles over water rates

The Austin Water Utility is engaged in two different battles over water rates. One fight is with wholesale water and wastewater customers who have challenged rates adopted by City Council in 2013. According to AWU Assistant Director David Anders, this…

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Thursday, July 2, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

New Chief Animal Services Officer stresses adoption

Austin’s new chief animal services officer says the city’s no-kill status was what persuaded her to take the job. But Tawny Hammond told the Austin Monitor on Tuesday that for Austin to sustain its no-kill status, more people need to be adopting…

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

City to temporarily strengthen STR enforcement

This month, the city will launch a pilot program for enhanced code enforcement for short-term rentals. The stepped-up enforcement is a response to increased complaints about short-term rentals and growing concerns about their regulation. During the pilot program, members of…

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015 by Caleb Pritchard

County hopes to offset proposed courthouse’s cost

Efforts to offset a chunk of the cost of Travis County’s proposed $292 million Civil & Family Courts Complex could be worth nearly $80 million, according to county staff. Project manager Belinda Powell revealed her estimates to the Commissioners Court…

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Future of 64 Rainey remains unknown

The future use of a small city-owned plot of land butting up against the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center is no closer to being known. Members of City Council’s Open Space, Environment and Sustainability Committee heard from neighbors…

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