Latest Headlines for Wednesday, March 29

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 by Jack Craver

Travis County backs lawsuit over Trump sanctuary city order

Travis County has joined nearly three dozen other cities and counties across the country, including the city of Austin, in the legal battle against President Donald Trump’s crackdown on sanctuary cities. After a brief discussion of the lawsuit during a…

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Austin parks groups propose new uses for hotel tax funds

Several groups made their cases for funding last night at a meeting of the Visitors Impact Task Force. The board is charged with exploring new uses for hotel tax revenue before a decision by City Council. Board members heard from…

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Draft AISD facilities update miscalculates root of underenrollment crisis, board trustees say

Tough conversations about racial segregation and economic disparity need to be had before the Austin Independent School District’s Facility Master Plan update is approved, some trustees said at the March 27 meeting of the AISD board. Monday night, members of…

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

No historic zoning for Tobin House without demolition threat

Despite agreement from city staff and concerned neighbors that the house would make a fine landmark, the Historic Landmark Commission opted to drop its pursuit of historic zoning for Old Austin’s Tobin House at its most recent meeting. The reason?…

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017 by Jack Craver

City utilities devise plan to help with unpaid bills

Austin’s two city-owned utilities are teaming up to help some of the city’s most indebted customers catch up on unpaid bills. Beginning this summer, the joint effort between Austin Energy and Austin Water will target 543 customers who participate in…

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

Construction of new Central Library overdue, again

City Council members learned last week that the completion of the new downtown public library has been hit with delays, again. “I do think that it is getting very close, but I don’t have a specific date that I can…

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

CodeNEXT consultants discuss the fate of conditional overlays and PUDs

Like magicians before a skeptical audience, the CodeNEXT consultants asked the land use commissioners at their March 21 joint meeting to suspend their disbelief and envision an Austin with very few planned unit developments and zero conditional overlays. Since they…

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Renteria says no on tough Vinson Oaks case

Although City Council approved a zoning change on second reading last week that would allow for town houses, including two affordable units, in a neighborhood south of Ben White, property owner Antonio Giustino may find himself back at square one…

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Monday, March 27, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Decision on unmarked graves, chapel at Oakwood Cemetery coming in April

Austin officials plan to have an idea next month of how to move forward with construction work on the chapel at Oakwood Cemetery that was halted in November when unrecorded burial sites were discovered under the building. Austin’s Parks and…

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