Stories by Jack Craver

Friday, July 31, 2015 by Jack Craver

Land Use Commissions look for more cooperation

What does the overhaul of municipal commissions mean for the future of city planning in Austin?Those involved in development policy at City Hall hope that a larger City Council, which has led to more appointees to both the Planning Commission…

Thursday, July 30, 2015 by Jack Craver

Commission reverses Mt. Zion church decision

Confronted with new information about zoning regulations related to the Greater Mt. Zion Baptist Church at 1801 Pennsylvania Ave., the Planning Commission voted Tuesday night to reverse a decision it had made in June aimed at helping the church sell…

Monday, July 27, 2015 by Jack Craver

Adler announces volunteering partnership with Austin startup company

Mayor Steve Adler believes that volunteering is the way forward for Austin. Flanked at a Sunday press conference by volunteers of various groups – some holding adorable ready-to-adopt chihuahuas from Austin Animal Center – Adler challenged city residents to volunteer…

Friday, July 24, 2015 by Jack Craver

Judge hits Laura Pressley and attorney with $100,000 sanctions in election lawsuit

Laura Pressley tells the Austin Monitor that she is disappointed but not discouraged by $100,000 in sanctions imposed on sheher and her attorney. The unsuccessful city council candidate added that the ruling awarding nearly $100,000 in damages to her former District…

Friday, July 24, 2015 by Jack Craver

Legal questions abound at Zoning Commission meeting

While some city commissioners have been complaining about a lack of support from the city law department during commission meetings, a recent session of the Zoning and Platting Commission showed that the volunteer officials can have a hard time figuring out…

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 by Jack Craver

ZAP also suffers from lack of legal input, says commissioner

Planning Commissioners aren’t the only people at City Hall grumbling about the city law department.Jackie Goodman, a former mayoral candidate and former longtime Austin City Council member who is now vice chair of the Zoning and Platting Commission, said she…

Friday, July 17, 2015 by Jack Craver

Planning commissioners say they don’t have enough legal advice

The Planning Commission isn’t getting all of the legal advice it needs, according to Stephen Oliver, the newly elected commission chair.City attorneys, who are typically present at the beginning of meetings to give legal opinions on development issues, often depart…

Friday, July 17, 2015 by Jack Craver

Neighborhood concerns too late to block Montopolis development at Planning Commission

Despite vociferous objections from a neighborhood association leader, the city of Austin’s Planning Commission voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve a preliminary plan to construct a 12-home subdivision at 737 Montopolis Road.City staff had recommended approval of the plan –…

Thursday, July 9, 2015 by Jack Craver

Crestview park could be on the way

Crestview Neighborhood activists may finally get the new park they’ve wanted for years. Austin Energy is currently in the process of finding a new storage site so that one of its current properties, at 6909 Ryan Drive, can be converted…

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