Stories by Kara Nuzback

Monday, February 9, 2015 by Kara Nuzback

Subcommittee seeks help for ADU changes

The Planning Commission Codes and Ordinances Subcommittee met Thursday to discuss amendments to a city ordinance regarding accessory dwelling units — apartments located on the same property as a house. But city staffer Ming-ru Chu could barely read through the…

Thursday, February 5, 2015 by Kara Nuzback

ZAP discusses Lake Austin accessibility

An uncontested request to allow a new residential boat dock on Lake Austin prompted the Zoning and Platting Commission to discuss the difficulty property owners face when making lake access ways more accessible.City staffer Liz Johnston said at the commission…

Monday, February 2, 2015 by Kara Nuzback

BSEACD debates annexing unregulated wells

Water supply company Electro Purification is planning to pump 5 million gallons of water per day from an unregulated area just outside the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District, causing neighbors to question whether EP could deplete water in the area.…

Thursday, January 29, 2015 by Kara Nuzback

Planners approve extended hours for Odd Duck

After postponing 12 other public hearings Tuesday, the Planning Commission approved a request for a late-night permit to serve alcohol from Odd Duck, a restaurant on South Lamar Boulevard.The conditional-use permit, which allows the eatery to stay open until 2…

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 by Kara Nuzback

Subcommittee meeting on ADUs canceled

A meeting of the Planning Commission Codes and Ordinances Subcommittee was canceled Tuesday because not enough members showed up. Voting members James Nortey, Jean Stevens and Nuria Zaragoza along with ex officio member Jeff Jack waited 30 minutes after the…

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 by Kara Nuzback

Planners back apartment complex on Burnet Road

An automotive repair shop on Burnet Road could become a 60-foot-tall apartment building, if City Council approves a zoning change for the property.At a Planning Commission meeting last week, Robert Crump and Charles Gordon, owners of the property at 8528…

Friday, January 16, 2015 by Kara Nuzback

Conservation District delays vote on SH45 SW agreement

Representatives of the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District voted to put off a decision on an agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation that is intended to provide greater environmental protection for the construction of State Highway 45 Southwest.District residents,…

Thursday, January 15, 2015 by Kara Nuzback

Neighbors rally against eastside hotel proposal

Developers seeking a variance to turn an old warehouse on Red Bluff Road into a hotel were met with opposition from neighbors, who say the property owners should build within zoning laws to maintain the area along the Colorado River.At…

Thursday, January 8, 2015 by Kara Nuzback

District 8’s Troxclair vows to be accessible leader

New City Council Member Ellen Troxclair won the District 8 seat by less than half a percentage point. Now, fresh from vacation, she said she’s ready to hit the ground running.“I’m so humbled to be in the position I am…

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 by Kara Nuzback

Zimmerman seeks to shake things up at City Hall

City Council Member-elect  Don Zimmerman will serve as a voice for residents of District 6 when the new 10-1 Council takes office today. In the coming year, Zimmerman said he plans to focus his efforts on relieving traffic congestion and…

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 by Kara Nuzback

Candidates debate development in District 7

Two North Austin City Council candidates, who will face off in a Dec. 16 runoff election, say the city is growing rapidly and that the District 7 Council member must make sure the area stays affordable.District 7 candidate Leslie Pool,…

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 by Kara Nuzback

Under scrutiny, District 4 candidates debate

On first day of early voting, the two remaining candidates in District 4 sat down to debate. Even though both focused on their plans for keeping North Austin affordable, their differences were apparent. Greg Casar, 25, a community organizer, led…

Thursday, November 20, 2014 by Kara Nuzback

Accessory dwelling unit change stalls in committee

The City of Austin wants to make it easier for residents to establish accessory dwelling units — or ADUs — such as garage apartments on their property in order to create more housing in the city center. At Tuesday’s meeting of…

Friday, November 14, 2014 by Kara Nuzback

Ethics panel wants last word on complaint inquiries

Austin’s Ethics Review Commission voted unanimously this week to recommend City Council ensure the commission has the last word in ethical complaints against the mayor, members of City Council and all of its appointees, city executives, and assistant city attorneys.“The…

Thursday, October 30, 2014 by Kara Nuzback

Ethics Commission gives candidates slap on wrist

Some City Council candidates are having trouble following Austin’s campaign finance laws. The Ethics Review Commission addressed three complaints against candidates in Districts 6, 8 and 10 Tuesday night. Each candidate admitted wrongdoing, and none of them walked away with major…

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 by Kara Nuzback

Northwest candidates talk transportation, affordability

Urban planning, pod transportation and green energy peppered Tuesday’s debate among City Council candidates vying to represent District 6 in Northwest Austin. All six candidates attended the forum, hosted by the  Austin Monitor KUT News, KXAN and Univision at the…

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 by Kara Nuzback

County Judge candidates differ on issues at Interfaith event

Mayoral candidates weren’t the only ones answering Austin Interfaith’s questions at Tuesday night’s accountability session.Sarah Eckhardt and Mike McNamara, who are both candidates for Travis County Judge, also attended the accountability session, where they weighed in on Austin Interfaith’s priorities.Eckhardt…

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 by Kara Nuzback

Austin Interfaith grills mayoral candidates on affordability

Only three of the eight candidates in the running for mayor participated in a question-and-answer session hosted by Austin Interfaith on Tuesday. And rather than give candidates a forum to lay out their individual platforms, Austin Interfaith directed four specific…

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 by Kara Nuzback

East Austin candidates pack stage at North Door

Candidates went head-to-head in the race to represent East Austin voters in District 3 at the latest in a series of community forums hosted by the Austin Monitor and KUT News.All of the district’s 12 candidates attended Monday’s question and…

Thursday, September 11, 2014 by Kara Nuzback

District 2 candidates battle to champion Southeast

Three candidates vying to represent Southeast Austin agree — the district has long been ignored and needs a voice on City Council.District 2 covers much of Southeast Austin, including the Dove Springs and Onion Creek neighborhoods and the area surrounding…

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