Latest Headlines for Tuesday, May 22

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 by Jack Craver

Planning commissioners spar over reduced lot sizes in CodeNEXT

The 13 volunteer citizens appointed to the city Planning Commission spent eight grueling hours Monday night proposing and debating changes to CodeNEXT.It was a stark contrast to the the treatment the proposed code overhaul received from the city’s other land…

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 by Audrey McGlinchy

Two years after Vision Zero, when will Austin streets be safer for pedestrians?

Before he was killed, 14-year-old Alexei Bauereis had quit the backyard stunts like jumping from trees onto roofs and downhill skateboarding that defined his childhood. He was saving his legs for ballet.“Dance was so important to him,” said Eric Bauereis,…

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Contractor apologizes for racist remark at county meeting

The contractor who used a racial slur against Latino immigrants during a Travis County-sponsored meeting last week is apologizing.Aaron Cabaza, president of Aaron Concrete, sent an email to county staff on Tuesday afternoon expressing regret for his remarks at a…

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Despite low water usage from Austinites, Austin Water continues to pay down debt

As it happens every year, Austin Water, the city-owned water and wastewater utility, is currently in the midst of planning its budget for the next fiscal year, which will also reflect an updated financial forecast until the year 2023.Although this…

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Contractor drops racial slur at county meeting, participants say

A Travis County-led stakeholder discussion between construction contractors and labor interests reached a boiling point last week when one of the participants used a racial slur, according to people at the meeting.Multiple sources confirmed to the Austin Monitor on Monday…

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 by Jack Craver

Planning commissioners propose ‘anti-McMansion ordinance’ for CodeNEXT

Three members of the Planning Commission have proposed a series of “anti-displacement” measures in CodeNEXT that they say will discourage demolitions of existing low-cost housing and incentivize the construction of smaller units that middle-income people can afford.Speaking to reporters at…