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Wednesday, January 19, 2005 by

Green groups praise Mayor's bond proposal

Austin Mayor Will Wynn's proposal to put a bond package on the ballot in 2006 to purchase open space and fund drainage system improvements is winning early favorable reviews from the environmental community. Officials with the SOS Alliance and the…

Tuesday, January 18, 2005 by

Commission scolds solid waste director Rhodes

Members of the city’s Solid Waste Advisory Commission raised issues of credibility and cooperation last week regarding the actions of Solid Waste Services Department Director Willie Rhodes. Several commission members, as well as some city contractors present, expressed concerns that…

Friday, January 14, 2005 by

The Austin City Council split over proposed amendments to the city's Economic Development Polic y on Thursday, with supporters marshalling enough votes to enact four changes designed to clarify the obligations of companies that receive economic incentives or tax breaks from the City in return for the creation of new jobs.

While an amendment clarifying that companies obtaining incentives waived their right to assert "grandfathering" claims against water quality regulations passed unanimously, the other three changes to the policy caused some of the original disagreements over the idea to resurface. The…

Thursday, January 13, 2005 by

Wastewater station threatens Town Lake Park schedule

Construction of a temporary wastewater main and tunnel sections planned to relieve the Barton Creek Lift Station may delay work on the new Town Lake Park (TLP), much to the consternation of some park supporters. , division manager for planning,…

Wednesday, January 12, 2005 by

Transit-oriented zoning undergoes changes

Planner George Adams unveiled a revised Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) ordinance at last night’s Planning Commission meeting, incorporating comments from three commissions and various stakeholder groups, and tossing out the current affordable housing guidelines in favor of case-by-case recommendations. Neighborhood Planning…

Tuesday, January 11, 2005 by

Long Center seeks contract changes

Supporters of the Long Center for the Performing Arts are asking the City Council to extend the time period for construction and decrease the amount that would be immediately available for operation and maintenance of the center. The Council will…