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Stories by Elizabeth Pagano

TipSheet: Austin City Council, 5.19.22

Today’s City Council meeting could be a long one, with a few contentious items on the agenda in addition to a list of smaller things that can add up quickly. As usual, we’ve gathered the things that are most interesting…

City floats proposed structure for commercial parkland dedication

The framework for a new ordinance that would require public parkland for new commercial developments in Austin is coming together.  In April, City Council approved a resolution that asked city staff to look at requiring parkland dedication for retail, office and…

TipSheet: Austin City Council, 5.5.22

Hello, and welcome to another pre-cap of today’s City Council meeting. We’ve picked out a few things that might be interesting today, but as usual, you can find the entire agenda online. At its last meeting, Council postponed a guaranteed…

Parks board homes in on outreach efforts as plans for Zilker march forward

The city’s Parks and Recreation Board tackled two separate presentations on the future of Zilker Park at its last meeting. Both presentations focused on outreach and questions of how to make moving forward with any plan a more equitable proposition. Currently,…

Iron Bear demolition paused as landmark commission considers historic designation

With its fate far from certain, the proposed demolition of the warehouse that is home to Austin’s Iron Bear has been put on hold after the city’s Historic Landmark Commission initiated historic zoning on the structure. An outpouring of support…

TipSheet: Austin City Council, 4.21.22

Welcome to another edition of the Austin Monitor’s TipSheet! As usual, this is a rough guide to some of the things that will be up at City Council today, with our best guesses at what will be most interesting. Those with…

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City still working on a fix for Austin’s lifeguard shortage

The Parks and Recreation Department has put together a plan that “will allow for the successful operation” of Barton Springs Pool and a return to normal hours as soon as staffing numbers can support it. But critics say the city’s…

Off-leash dog group urges public action

The working group tasked with tackling off-leash dog issues in the city of Austin has dissolved, although the issue is far from resolved. “We’re kind of at the end of the road of what we can do,” said Animal Advisory…

TipSheet: Austin City Council, 4.7.22

It’s Thursday and another City Council meeting is upon us. Mayor Steve Adler, who has tested positive for Covid-19, is expected to join the meeting virtually. In a contrasting move back to “normal,” today marks the return of live music…

Landmark commissioners stall Travis Heights demolition

Faced with the proposition of losing another historic home in Travis Heights, Historic Landmark commissioners have pushed their decision to another day. On the table is the total demolition of the 1937 house at 1803 Kenwood Ave. in order to…

No clear path forward for medical marijuana use by public safety employees

Now that medical marijuana is legal in Texas, will Austin allow its first responders to use it? A Monday afternoon briefing at City Council’s Public Safety Committee meeting showed that the hurdle, for once, does not come from the state…

TipSheet: Austin City Council, 3.24.22

Having regrouped from a quick spring break that included the return of South by Southwest, Austin City Council will convene today for its regular meeting. As usual, a number of items struck our fancy, and they are duly noted on…

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