Stories by Jonathan Lee

Friday, January 22, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

Mobility Committee hears update on Proposition B plans

At Thursday’s City Council Mobility Committee meeting, city staffers described what 2021 has in store for the numerous projects funded by Proposition B, the $460 million active mobility bond that voters passed overwhelmingly in November.  Staff members across several city…

Thursday, January 21, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

ZAP narrowly recommends South Austin upzoning

A request to upzone a vacant South Austin lot squeaked through the Zoning and Platting Commission on Tuesday. The commission voted 6-5 to recommend Urban Family Residence (SF-5) zoning for 1105 Matthews Lane, where a developer envisions 10 townhome units…

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

Commission hears preview of complaint against Voices of Austin in truncated meeting

An audio problem during last week’s meeting of the Ethics Review Commission cut short what was promising to be a contentious hearing for a complaint against a local nonprofit. Political consultant Mark Littlefield, who also brought a complaint against Save…

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

Ethics commissioners request more evidence in complaint against Save Austin Now

Save Austin Now, the nonprofit that is gathering signatures to reinstate the city’s ban on homeless camping, faced an ethics complaint at last week’s Ethics Review Commission meeting. The complaint, brought by political consultant Mark Littlefield, alleges that the organization…

Thursday, January 14, 2021 by Jonathan Lee

Planning Commission grants variance for ‘innovative’ office proposal

The Planning Commission on Tuesday approved an environmental variance for an office project at 1514 W. Koenig Lane, but not before working through the details of city environmental requirements that make developing the site tricky. Applicant Joel Levine plans to…

Friday, December 18, 2020 by Jonathan Lee

Council approves Saxon Acres rezoning case in Montopolis

City Council has approved a rezoning request for the Saxon Acres development in East Austin’s Montopolis neighborhood. The 3-acre tract at 316 Saxon Lane and 6328 El Mirando St. is now zoned Townhouse & Condominium Residence (SF-6) instead of Family…

Thursday, December 17, 2020 by Jonathan Lee

Council grants historic zoning to Baker School and parking lots

City Council has granted historic zoning to the Baker School property – parking lots and all. No one debated approving the historic landmark designation for the school itself, but the request to include the surrounding parking lots in the variance proved…

Tuesday, December 15, 2020 by Jonathan Lee

Citing disrepair, Council removes public artworks from display

Art left out in the elements doesn’t last forever. That’s why City Council just delisted five worn-out pieces of public art, including the Bicentennial Fountain at Vic Mathias Shores; LAB, the series of yellow sculptures along the Lance Armstrong Bikeway; and…

Friday, December 11, 2020 by Jonathan Lee

Council pushes vote on HealthSouth redevelopment to January

City Council again delayed confirming a contract with Aspen Heights Partners to redevelop the HealthSouth tract in northeast downtown. Instead, Council members opted to further consider how the redevelopment could include more affordable housing and community benefits. Council first postponed…

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