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Stories by Jessi Devenyns

Thursday, July 5, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Austin brings community health into the community

Last summer, after city officials called on the Austin Police Department and other public safety departments to address issues attributed to homelessness, a coalition of public safety and social services groups began working to increase support for this vulnerable population.One…

Monday, June 25, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Austin’s electric vehicle programming is revving up

Thanks to the city’s goal to become carbon neutral by 2050 and Austin Energy’s commitment to adding 330 plug-in electric vehicles by 2020, Travis County recently passed Harris and Dallas counties and now has more electric vehicles than either. Now…

Friday, June 22, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Environmental Commission paves another path for Zilker parking

After members of the Environmental Commission postponed a vote on a proposed Zilker Park landscaping project to gain a deeper understanding of the environmental suitability, two weeks later the tone of their response was not much different from their initial…

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Council-mandated energy studies have already quietly begun

After clamoring from the public and a push from the Electric Utility Commission last month to have Austin Energy come back with the scopes of work for the list of required studies included in City Council’s ambitious renewable energy plan,…

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Board of Adjustment wants in on CodeNEXT

The Board of Adjustment thinks that it was not given enough say in the code rewrites that are going to make up CodeNEXT, considering that it is the board that rules on variances to the city’s zoning regulations.At its June 11 meeting, even…

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Ethics Review Commission weighs in on potential charter changes

In the midst of discussions about soccer stadiums, CodeNEXT and the 2018 bond, the Charter Review Commission is asking citizens to consider one more thing: changes to the city charter.At its June 13 meeting, members of the Ethics Review Commission…

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Board of Adjustment determines the price of a view is a variance

Given fierce opposition from a neighbor and unclear stories from an architect, a homeowner and an agent about how a home along the shores of Lake Austin was designed, 6705 Pixie Cove was once again shuffled back into the deck…

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Watershed Protection budget accounts for approval of CodeNEXT

This year, as the Watershed Protection Department goes through its annual budgeting cycle, things are looking good.At the June 6 meeting of the Environmental Commission, Watershed Protection staff presented an overview of its upcoming projects and the related finances. According…

Monday, June 11, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Environmental Commission rejects Planning Commission CodeNEXT amendment

At their June 6 meeting, members of the Environmental Commission found themselves faced with an unusual question: “What if developers had the right to build up to 90 percent of their base impervious cover without having to abide by the…

Friday, June 8, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Environmental Commission has questions about Zilker Park’s proposed parking lot

After the Parks and Recreation Board deferred the Zilker Park Stratford Drive Landfill Redevelopment Project to the Environmental Commission for review hoping for some clarity as to environmental repercussions, the waters only muddied further.Concerns about leaching, automotive abuse of the…

Thursday, June 7, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

ZAP struggles to recommend zoning campsite

Deep in the eastern reaches of Austin is a campground project that Glen Coleman, an agent for the project, says “will bring back the good old days of Austin.”On June 5, Coleman brought the project, which is located at the…

Friday, June 1, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

EUC asks Austin Energy to begin planning Council-mandated energy studies

It’s been nine months since City Council passed its ambitious renewable energy plan that requires Austin Energy to push to have 65 percent of its energy come from renewable sources by 2027 and to create models that would show what…

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Commission weighs benefits of playgroups vs. walks for dogs

Although walking a dog seems like one of the most rudimentary interactions you can have with your pet, it is a daily chore that routinely takes a back seat at the Austin Animal Center due to its lack of manpower. Instead,…

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Austin Energy financials show revenue is coming from the really rich and the really poor

Austin Energy hit the nail on the head in the second quarter with its actual financial expenditures and income tracking almost exactly to the numbers that it forecast.Even with eight out of 10 City Council districts using below the system…

Friday, May 25, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

South Central Waterfront’s environmental standards approved by Environmental Commission

After years of planning on paper, the South Central Waterfront Regulating Plan is finally one step closer to reality after the Environmental Commission recommended the associated environmental development standards to City Council.Along the shores of Lady Bird Lake, there is…

Thursday, May 24, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Zilker Park staging area in line to become a parking lot

For years, the back end of the swath of parkland used for the Austin City Limits Festival, the Trail of Lights and the Kite Festival has been repurposed as a sometimes staging area and sometimes parking lot. However, until now,…

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Austin’s cave frontier gets slowly uncovered

Austin is home to a complex of underground aquifers that we know are filled by a system of underground caves. However, if we know that to be the case, why we don’t see caves everywhere?“Basically, because all of them were…

Friday, May 18, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Shelter cat live outcome rate dips below 90 percent

As a no-kill shelter, Austin Animal Shelter has a goal of sending out as many animals into happy homes as possible. Unfortunately, this month, the shelter was able to do that less often for its cats than it has in the…

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Despite low water usage from Austinites, Austin Water continues to pay down debt

As it happens every year, Austin Water, the city-owned water and wastewater utility, is currently in the midst of planning its budget for the next fiscal year, which will also reflect an updated financial forecast until the year 2023.Although this…

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Austin’s infill builders raise $10K to pay for 3,400 student lunches

With an eye toward public education, infill developers in Austin are tackling a new problem.Builders Care Austin, a 501(c)(3) that allows infill builders around town to make philanthropic contributions, has raised $10,000 to help pay off the lunch debts of…

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