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City of Austin Planning Commission: This commission addresses issues of land use as assigned to it by Austin's City Code. These include the abilities "[t]o make and amend a master plan, recommend approval or disapproval of proposed zoning changes and control land subdivision within neighborhood planning areas and submit, annually, a list of recommended capital improvements." It has sovereign authority, or the right to make final decisions on certain cases.
Lake Austin Overlay: The Lake Austin Overlay includes land located within 1000 feet of Lake Austin. Properties within the overlay are subject to development and environmental regulations intended to protect the city's drinking water supply.
Lake Austin Task Force: The Lake Austin Task Force, now disbanded, recommends regulations and enforcement of regulations to promote, preserve and protect Lake Austin. The group was dissolved after the completion of their Lake Austin Task Force recommendations, which were presented to City Council.