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Friday, March 24, 2017 by Kara Nuzback

Council clashes over changes to Austin Oaks plan

City Council members struggled to find common ground on changes to the Austin Oaks planned unit development Thursday.Spire Realty Group’s proposed 1.19 million-square-foot mixed-use project would create a “meaningful employment center” on 31 acres away from downtown Austin, said Michael…

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 by Kara Nuzback

Safety commission discusses staffing for APD sexual assault unit

The Austin Police Department’s struggle to indict perpetrators of sexual assault crimes could be due in part to a lack of staffing, according to data examined by its Sex Crimes Unit.For nearly a year, the APD’s battle to clear the…

Monday, March 6, 2017 by Kara Nuzback

Council debates process for hiring city manager

The firm hired to find Austin’s next city manager said it hopes to get the job done by this summer.At a Feb. 28 City Council work session, Steve Newton of Russell Reynolds Associates Inc. said the firm would take about…

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 by Kara Nuzback

Council members slam Troxclair’s affordability plan

At City Council’s work session yesterday, several Council members hammered on District 8 Council Member Ellen Troxclair’s Austin Affordability Action Plan.The plan proposes that Council focus on affordability in the areas of housing, transportation, budgeting, cost of living and the…

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 by Kara Nuzback

Austin ISD will no longer suspend pre-K through second grade

The Austin Independent School District’s board of trustees voted unanimously to approve a ban on suspending students from pre-K through second grade at a board meeting last night.Trustee Jayme Mathias moved to approve the ban, which also prohibits placing students…

Thursday, February 16, 2017 by Kara Nuzback

Survey says: Austinites dissatisfied with traffic, happy with most else

New survey findings show Austin residents are generally happier with city services such as fire, police, library, and parks and recreation than residents of similarly populated cities. But Austin falls behind the national average of satisfaction in an unsurprising category:…

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 by Kara Nuzback

Council hears funding options for new convention center

Faced with concerns that the city is losing revenue because the Austin Convention Center is too small, City Council heard proposals for convention center expansions that ranged from $400 million to $600 million projects at its work session Tuesday.Carla Steffen,…

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 by Kara Nuzback

City boosts traffic enforcement in areas with high crash rates

Austin officials are boosting roadway safety enforcement as part of the city’s Vision Zero Action Plan, which aims to eliminate by 2025 car crashes that kill and severely injure people.The Austin Police Department and the Austin Transportation Department kicked off…

Monday, March 30, 2015 by Kara Nuzback

Planners, residents call for Rainey master plan

The Planning Commission says it will likely deny several property owners’ joint request to vacate land on East Avenue, near Rainey Street, because the area needs a neighborhood plan.Ben Turner of Consort Inc., representing four landowners, asked the commission at…

Thursday, March 26, 2015 by Kara Nuzback

Swede Hill residents ward off condo proposal

The Swede Hill Neighborhood Association scored a victory at Tuesday’s Planning Commission meeting when commissioners denied a developer’s zoning change request to allow him to build condominiums in the historic neighborhood.It was the second night in a row that the…

Thursday, March 19, 2015 by Kara Nuzback

Panel OKs parking cuts for some small apartments

In some parts of the city, accessory apartments on residential properties — called accessory dwelling units, or ADUs — may soon have fewer parking requirements.The Planning Commission Codes and Ordinances Subcommittee voted 2-1 in favor of easing parking requirements for…

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 by Kara Nuzback

City fails to patch SXSW crash-pad issue

An East Austin home whose lease holders are housing musicians in exchange for promotion on social media has city officials flummoxed. Neighbors of the Waller Street property argue that it is an inappropriate use of the house, which is zoned residential.…

Monday, March 16, 2015 by Kara Nuzback

Planning Commission wants AISD representative

The Planning Commission is looking into adding a new member to the dais to advise its members about how zoning changes might affect Austin schools.At a meeting Tuesday, Commissioner James Nortey said Austin Independent School District President Gina Hinojosa can…

Monday, March 9, 2015 by Kara Nuzback

Aquifer board backs annexation of unregulated area

At its Thursday meeting, the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District board of directors voted unanimously to support proposed legislation that would expand the district’s territory and give the board authority over part of an unregulated area where water supply company…

Thursday, March 5, 2015 by Kara Nuzback

Developer seeks creative class on Cameron Road

A developer is one step closer to building a median-priced apartment complex aimed at young artists on Cameron Road in Northeast Austin.At the Zoning and Platting Commission meeting Tuesday, commissioners unanimously approved a zoning change for the property at 9201…

Monday, March 2, 2015 by Kara Nuzback

Planners deny East Riverside change

At its most recent meeting, the Planning Commission voted 5-3 to deny zoning changes to several undeveloped lots from 5600 to 7522 Penick Drive, off East Riverside Drive.Ron Thrower of Thrower Design spoke for landowner Bill Greif and asked the…

Thursday, February 26, 2015 by Kara Nuzback

Planning Commission OKs Red Bluff Hotel variance

The Planning Commission approved a variance Tuesday that allows the developer of a proposed hotel on Red Bluff Road to build within the primary setbacks of the property, much to the dismay of neighboring residents.Commissioners had previously approved two of…

Thursday, February 19, 2015 by Kara Nuzback

ZAP shoots down variances for Far West parcel

The Zoning and Platting Commission took a hard stance against several requested environmental variances that would allow an Austin resident to build a 3,500-square-foot home on a steep slope at 4316 Far West Blvd.Property owner Ali Tabrizi sought to build…

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 by Kara Nuzback

Council limits Spicewood Springs project footprint

City Council voted Thursday to approve a zoning change that would allow a new professional office building on Spicewood Springs Road. Council limited the size of the structure to 12,000 square feet, despite protests from the applicants.The vote was 10-0,…

Friday, February 13, 2015 by Kara Nuzback

Council members challenge mayor on privately-funded staff positions

Austin’s new mayor is proposing to hire additional staffers to at no cost to taxpayers. But the idea doesn’t sit well with some council members, who voiced concern over paying for city employees using private funds, as well as the…

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