Stories by Daniel Salazar

Monday, October 19, 2020 by Daniel Salazar

Planning Commission approves Crestview townhouse project

The Planning Commission on Tuesday evening approved future land use and zoning changes for a townhouse project in the Crestview neighborhood of North Austin. Commissioners approved rezoning about three-quarters of an acre at 902 and 904 Morrow St. from Family…

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 by Daniel Salazar

Three candidates challenge Flannigan in District 6 race

Council Member Jimmy Flannigan is facing three challengers – Jennifer Mushtaler, Mackenzie Kelly and Dee Harrison – to serve on Austin City Council’s District 6, which represents swaths of Northwest Austin. Flannigan has represented District 6 since 2017, when he…

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 by Daniel Salazar

Crowded field competes for District 10 seat

District 10 voters will have no shortage of options for Austin City Council this fall. City Council Member Alison Alter is facing five challengers to represent West Austin’s District 10: Pooja Sethi, Robert Thomas, Jennifer Virden, Belinda Greene and Ben Easton.…

Monday, October 12, 2020 by Daniel Salazar

District 4: An incumbent and two challengers

After briefly weighing a state Senate run, Austin City Council Member Greg Casar is seeking reelection once again, facing challengers from his ideological right and left. Louis C. Herrin III and Ramesses II Setepenre are running against Casar to represent…

Monday, October 12, 2020 by Daniel Salazar

Leslie Pool, Morgan Witt face off in District 7 Council race

In the least crowded field of the five Council elections this fall, Leslie Pool, the incumbent, is facing only one challenger, newcomer Morgan Witt, to represent North Austin’s District 7 on Austin City Council. Pool is one of the original…

Friday, October 2, 2020 by Daniel Salazar

Design Commission advances new hotel project on downtown parking lot

The Design Commission unanimously voted Wednesday to recommend a density bonus for a proposed 17-story hotel project at 617 Colorado St. in downtown Austin. The site is currently a surface parking lot at the southeast corner of Seventh and Colorado…

Friday, September 25, 2020 by Daniel Salazar

Planning Commission approves South Austin condo rezoning

The Planning Commission unanimously approved a rezoning request that paves the way for more condominiums in South Austin at its Tuesday night meeting. Staff recommended the rezoning of a 1.45-acre tract at 219 Lessin Lane, near Ben White Boulevard and…

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 by Daniel Salazar

Affordable housing proposals advance after outcry over gentrification, institutional racism

Charges of institutional racism and bias in housing policy engulfed a pair of votes at the Austin Housing Finance Corporation Board of Directors meeting Thursday. The board, which is made up of all of the members of the Austin City…

Friday, September 18, 2020 by Daniel Salazar

ZAP to consider Training Kitchen request as commission grapples with postponement woes

At the Zoning and Platting Commission Tuesday night, a rezoning request from a nonprofit that wants to build a community center on a South Austin lot was postponed by commissioners until early October. But the discussion underscored the commissioners’ frustration about how the…

Friday, September 11, 2020 by Daniel Salazar

City’s RENT 2.0 program ramps up

After its launch earlier this summer, the second round of the city’s rental assistance program is gaining steam. The Relief of Emergency Needs for Tenants, or RENT, program provides direct rental assistance to residents financially hurt by the Covid-19 pandemic.…

Wednesday, September 9, 2020 by Daniel Salazar

Thousands of potential units in projects certified so far under Affordability Unlocked program

A city bonus program to spur more affordable housing has already played a role in several income-restricted projects across Austin. Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Department staff and affordable housing developers provided an update on the Affordability Unlocked program to…

Tuesday, September 8, 2020 by Daniel Salazar

ZAP endorses mixed-use for East Austin tract

On Tuesday night, the Zoning and Platting Commission voted in favor of mixed-use zoning for an East Austin property, but once again clashed over the scope of conditional overlays. ZAP commissioners recommended designating a 4.67-acre tract at 5601 Nixon Lane,…

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