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Stories by Jessi Devenyns

Monday, December 17, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Camelback is back, but this time at the Ethics Review Commission

After so much contention and inflamed passions on both sides, it’s no surprise that the story of the Camelback planned unit development did not end with the Nov. 1 approval by Council.On Dec. 12, the Ethics Review Commission heard a…

Friday, December 14, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Red-tape mishap causes frustrations at the BoA

For six years, a dock has been jutting out into Lake Austin without technically having the proper permitting to do so in its current form.Since October, Kathleen Huff of 3117 Westlake Drive has been appearing monthly before the Board of…

Monday, December 10, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Old mine to become new town center

A decades-old sand and gravel mine just east of Austin city limits may be about to get a face-lift as a new Mueller-esque planned unit development (PUD).The proposal for the 2,122-acre property includes 12,000 residential units, 2.25 million square feet…

Monday, December 10, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Austin Energy’s new chief operations officer ‘proud’ of first-year results

At Austin Energy, successful operations begin with safety. With a growing city and a growing need for electric services, Austin Energy has begun to internally push its “Safety Starts With Me” campaign in an effort to reduce the number of…

Friday, December 7, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Even with new funding, parks board says city has a long way to go to repair pools

The year 1996 was the gold standard for Austin’s city Aquatics Division, according to Richard DePalma, a member of the Parks and Recreation Board. Since then, “We’ve just continued to shrink.”At the Dec. 4 meeting of the board, DePalma noted…

Thursday, December 6, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

City cemeteries will soon see the light with new bond funding and event space

The city of Austin has operated cemeteries since 1839; however, it was only in 2013 that the Parks and Recreation Department assumed responsibility for cemetery operations, at which point the department made a few changes.Despite funding challenges allowing for only…

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Austin Energy finishes the year with $50.5M in excess revenue, lower bills for customers

After weathering an erratic Electric Reliability Council of Texas market this summer, Austin Energy finished the year in a financially stable position with extra revenue that will be passed on to the public in the coming year.According to Mark Dombroski,…

Monday, December 3, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Austin Energy discusses how to resolve repercussions of water bill fiasco

It has been over a year since the water bill saga first made headlines in Austin. However, only now are city utilities releasing a post-mortem report designed to help them avoid a similar situation in the future.While the report that…

Thursday, November 29, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Office of the Police Monitor building a police oversight agency

For 16 years, the Office of the Police Monitor has been available for citizens and city staff to issue complaints against law enforcement. However, it appears not many Austinites take advantage of its services.Police Monitor Farah Muscadin found that of…

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Harassment policy heads to Council without a commission willing to hear cases

After the Ethics Review Commission declined to weigh in on the city’s newly proposed anti-discrimination and harassment policy, it volleyed the task to the Human Rights Commission, which similarly declined to take on the job.This hot potato of an issue…

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Austin’s Strategic Mobility Plan supports Cap Metro’s Project Connect

Austin’s Capital Metro recently released its revamped Project Connect plan, which it hopes to put before voters in 2020, and this time it has integrated its plans with the city’s overall strategy.The last time Austin laid out a transportation plan was…

Monday, November 26, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Historic Landmark Commission postpones case for not following the process

For over a year, the Historic Landmark Commission has been going back and forth over the plans for the back lot of the Stanley Homestead at 1809 Newton St.“What we’re seeking is the Certificate of Appropriateness for the new construction…

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Dissatisfied with lack of compromise, Historic Landmark Commission stalls

After its fourth public hearing, the Clarksville storybook house remains a point of contention between owner, commission and the Clarksville Community Development Corporation.Priscilla Glover, the owner of 1002 Charlotte St., told the commissioners at their Nov. 19 meeting, “I have…

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Ethics Review Commission declines to weigh in on city anti-discrimination and harassment policy

City Council recently asked the Ethics Review Commission to review its proposed amendments to the anti-discrimination/anti-harassment portion of the City Code, which includes language such as “No City official or employee shall engage in conduct or use language that is…

Monday, November 19, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

A ‘dire need’ for student housing convinces Board of Adjustment to approve variance

This month the Board of Adjustment approved a variance request for a multifamily unit located just behind the Drag, after postponing it in September for being “ugly.”At its Nov. 8 meeting, the Board of Adjustment reevaluated whether the lot at 2713…

Thursday, November 15, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

New Project Connect plan has ambitions for 2020

Once again, Austin has been reminded of the importance of public transportation, in photos that surfaced this week of the Crystal City metro system that sits right beneath the Amazon headquarters in Crystal City, Va.“As we plan and plan again,…

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

‘Mega-fires’ are real, but their size is anyone’s guess

When representatives from the Austin Fire Department spoke at the last meeting of the Public Safety Commission, they alluded to a “mega-fire” they said was imminent in West Austin.Although the term may sound alarming, Justice Jones, wildfire mitigation program manager…

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Board of Adjustment postpones setback request with no site plan

The Board of Adjustment needs a good reason to grant a request for reducing the setback from the waterfront. If a case from its most recent meeting is any indication, asking for an arbitrary number of feet without having a…

Friday, November 9, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Volvo request for service extension stalls at the Environmental Commission

City water and wastewater flow just 175 feet away from the site of a newly proposed Volvo dealership; however, the 26-acre site at 10600 N FM 620 remains on well water and a septic system.Even with a plan to alter…

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Austin Fire Department’s burning desire for education takes them to California

Firefighters in Austin are adept and experienced when it comes to fighting brush fires. However, when it comes to large-scale wildland/urban-interface fires, our city’s firefighters don’t have as much experience.So, in hopes of gaining some real-life education in anticipation of…

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