Stories by Jack Craver

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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