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Stories by Joseph Caterine

Friday, November 18, 2016 by Joseph Caterine

ZAP approves Robert’s Rules training

A resolution to provide city staff and assistant city attorneys with training on Robert’s Rules of Order – and to make that training available to all members of boards and commissions – met with animosity from Commissioner Susan Harris at…

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 by Joseph Caterine

New city contract: ‘death knell’ for private dumpster services?

Bob Gregory, CEO of Texas Disposal Systems, and his son Adam Gregory sounded the alarm at Monday’s Electric Utility Commission meeting concerning the pending authorization of a 36-month city contract with Republic Services, or another qualified bidder, to provide dumpster…

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 by Joseph Caterine

Flannigan takes District 6, ousts Zimmerman

Don Zimmerman, one of the city’s most controversial City Council members, conceded to challenger Jimmy Flannigan yesterday after the early voting results were released in the early evening, with 12,542 votes (57.65 percent) for Flannigan and 9,213 (42.35 percent) for…

Monday, November 7, 2016 by Joseph Caterine

Environmental variances for church approved, despite lack of tree survey

The Environmental Commission approved a list of variance requests for the Iglesia Camino del Rey Church during its Nov. 4 meeting, despite the fact that there was no tree survey for review.The new church with parking will cover 10,000 square…

Thursday, November 3, 2016 by Joseph Caterine

Austin Oaks PUD wins ZAP recommendation

After hours of heated testimony and intense deliberation, the Zoning and Platting Commission passed a motion during its Nov. 1 meeting recommending the Austin Oaks planned unit development rezoning request with conditions.The project has been in the works since mid-2014,…

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 by Joseph Caterine

Despite protest, commission OKs liquor rezoning

The Planning Commission has endorsed a rezoning case that will result in a Twin Liquors store opening near the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders. Despite opposition from Austin Neighborhoods Council President David King, lack of objection from the…

Friday, October 28, 2016 by Joseph Caterine

‘Train wreck’: Planning Commission discusses CodeNEXT

A working group of the Planning Commission had only negative things to report at the commission’s Oct. 25 meeting after analyzing the final prescription paper for CodeNEXT, the city’s overhaul of the Land Development Code. The paper, which addresses fiscal…

Thursday, October 27, 2016 by Joseph Caterine

‘Spot Zoning’ case moved to subcommittee

A strange example of patchy zoning came before the Planning Commission at its Tuesday meeting. Chair Stephen Oliver and Commissioner Michael Wilson co-sponsored an item that proposed initiating a code amendment to create an overlay district for two lots on…

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 by Joseph Caterine

First-of-its-kind housing plan presented to Planning Commission

In a city where 200,000 additional housing units will be needed over the next 30 years to meet the growing number of newcomers, having a plan to keep those units affordable is prudent. Accordingly, Jonathan Tomko, a senior planner with…

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 by Joseph Caterine

Planning Commission debates connectivity over rezoning application

Following a CodeNEXT presentation advocating for greater connectivity in Austin, the Planning Commission had an opportunity to emulate that theme in considering a rezoning application at its Oct. 11 meeting.Applicant Brown & Gay Engineering, represented at the meeting by Steven…

Friday, October 14, 2016 by Joseph Caterine

CodeNEXT prescription papers scrutinized at Planning Commission

CodeNEXT Advisory Group members Dave Sullivan and Colby Wallis – joined by city staff members Annick Beaudet, Ashley Greenstein and Paul DiGiuseppe – were met with skeptical looks when they presented the final two CodeNEXT prescription papers at this week’s Planning…

Thursday, October 13, 2016 by Joseph Caterine

Lamar Beach Master Plan moves to Council

Pitching a park master plan at a Planning Commission meeting is a hard sell, especially when you’re following presentations on the city’s fiscal health and its affordability crisis. Rebecca Leonard of Design Workshop nevertheless took up the task before an…

Friday, September 30, 2016 by Joseph Caterine

Tovo pushes alternatives in lieu of fees-in-lieu

Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo is pushing ahead in her efforts to steer the city’s density bonus programs in a new direction. Near the end of last year, she initiated a staff review of the current programs, suspecting that there…

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