Latest Headlines for Wednesday, February 22

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Seeking $100M, springs supporters target convention center expansion proposal

Fine arts and natural resources advocates are stepping up their involvement with a city task force that will play a large role in shaping how the city allocates the fast-growing pool of revenue from Hotel Occupancy Tax, which totaled about…

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Developer wins suit against Crestview neighbors

Mark Dawson Homes has won its lawsuit against the residents of the Crestview neighborhood who tried to enforce an expired restrictive covenant against the developer that might have prevented it from building two homes on one lot at 7801 Mullen…

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

County’s North Campus plans to squeeze out Tax Office workers

Travis County is moving forward with plans to raise a multistory mixed-use project in North Central Austin. On Tuesday, the Commissioners Court unanimously endorsed a staff recommendation to cap at three stories the planned office component that would be added…

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017 by Jack Craver

Council denies controversial waste disposal contract

City Council voted unanimously last week to kill a garbage collection contract after outcries from both environmentalists and waste hauling companies that claimed they would be hurt by the proposed deal between the city and Republic Services, a Phoenix-based waste…

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017 by Jack Craver

Confusion and frustration continue over Council committees

City Council appears united in the belief that its committee system must change, but debate on Thursday about who will serve on what committee shows that Council members have still not reached a consensus on what exactly the new system…

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Voters to decide on new emergency services district in Southeast Travis County

Residents in Southeast Travis County will soon get to vote on a plan to shore up the financial health of their first responders. Last Tuesday, the Commissioners Court unanimously approved a petition to create Emergency Services District No. 15, a…

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Planning Commission rejects waiver after conversation on racism

Remarks on how institutional racism influences the city’s historic preservation goals prompted the Planning Commission’s indecision to approve or reject a compatibility waiver for a 5-foot setback on the western side of 2724 E 12th St. during its Feb. 14…

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Dead, alive and in-between

Dead zoning… There was a lot of debate on Thursday over whether Capitol View Corridors should be extended to the east of the city. And there was even more debate over whether those east-projecting radii should project over the Brackenridge…

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard
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TipSheet: Travis County, 2.20.17

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. Approve proclamation honoring Roger Jefferies…

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