Latest Headlines for Wednesday, April 24

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Council debates preservation of special zoning districts

City Council members have come to a loose consensus on the five questions in City Manager Spencer Cronk’s land development code memo. Council is fundamentally in agreement that a new code is necessary and that a zoning map should be…

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019 by Jack Craver

Revenue caps loom over discussion of public defender’s office

Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt warmly welcomed a proposal to establish a county public defender’s office, saying it was imperative that Travis County join the vast majority of major urban jurisdictions in providing attorneys to represent criminal defendants who can’t…

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Environmental Commission recommends rimrock stairwell to lake

Shoreline access from the rimrock cliffs of Lake Austin has been a touchy subject in the past. While mechanized access has not been permissible for nearly a decade and property owners are only allowed to install pedestrian access, there are…

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 by Joseph Leahy

A dozen Austin moontowers cleared to get needed steel replacement parts

Austin’s Historic Landmark Commission has approved using milled steel rods as replacement parts on 12 of the city’s iconic moontowers, sometimes known as moonlight towers.The commission OK’d the proposal from Austin Energy on Monday night. The electric utility is overseeing…

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Capital Metro to buy last wave of diesel, first electric buses

In line with its overarching vision for Project Connect, the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority is hoping to phase out use of diesel engine buses beginning this year with the purchase of at least four battery electric buses.The agency has been…

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 by DaLyah Jones

Hays County takes the fight to Kinder Morgan with lawsuit over proposed pipeline

After months of community protests, a group of more than 20 landowners and city leaders gathered Monday to announce that Hays County and the city of Kyle had officially joined a lawsuit to oppose a natural gas pipeline proposed to…