Latest Headlines for Saturday, February 16

Friday, February 15, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Incentives or no, Amazon growing in Austin after nixing New York

The announcement Thursday that Amazon is canceling its planned HQ2 facility in Queens, New York, confirmed what many business and policy watchers in Austin have predicted: In the coming years Austin will see a slice of the 25,000 planned jobs…

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Friday, February 15, 2019 by Andrew Weber

Good news: Fewer people moved to Austin in 2017. Bad news: It was still a lot of people.

Prepare to be shocked: People keep moving to Texas.A new Texas Realtors report looking at Census Bureau and U-Haul rental data found that more than half a million people relocated to the Lone Star State in 2017 – the second-highest number…

Friday, February 15, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Affordability may mean dealing honestly with trash

Austin’s growth is putting a strain on the city’s waste collection service provider, Austin Resource Recovery, as it struggles to keep costs down for customers.Results of the Residential Solid Waste Affordability Study, presented to the Zero Waste Advisory Committee at…

Friday, February 15, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Boat dock variance dredges up concerns at the Board of Adjustment

There are occasions when, regardless of how a homeowner may redesign, reorient or reimagine a site, there is simply no option to make a project code-compliant. That still doesn’t mean that the request for a variance will be supported.This scenario…

Thursday, February 14, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Ethics Review Commission dismisses case against Human Resources director

The city of Austin professes to have a “mother-friendly” work environment that supports new moms and working parents. However, a complaint filed in December by the Office of the City Auditor brings that policy into question.The complaint filed by Brian…

Thursday, February 14, 2019 by Jo Clifton

Buda seeks passage of aquifer storage bill

Buda’s explosive growth, from about 7,300 people in 2010 to nearly 17,000 today, coupled with a changing climate that brings both floods and drought, means that the city has to carefully manage its water resources.The city is hoping to move…