Stories by Kimberly Reeves

Monday, April 29, 2013 by Kimberly Reeves

Affordable housing advocates upset with focus of density bonus

Some affordable housing advocates are far from happy with Council’s dictated affordability levels in the proposed Downtown Density Bonus.   City Council had urged staff to move more quickly on the density bonus, which was part of the Downtown Plan…

Monday, April 22, 2013 by Kimberly Reeves

Panel rejects plan for businesses to lease parking space in city parks

A Planning Commission committee firmly rejected the idea of leasing excess parkland parking spaces to surrounding businesses, an idea they labeled “the Casa de Luz” problem at a meeting on Tuesday night.   Casa de Luz’s issues began back in…

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 by Kimberly Reeves

Senate, House panels debate measures to curb payday lending

The hearing on payday lending in the House Investments and Financial Services Committee on Monday was so uneventful as to practically guarantee the Senate version of the bill would be the one worth following.   The House has a number…

Thursday, April 11, 2013 by Kimberly Reeves

Workman bill would give landowners expanded legal rights

Rep. Paul Workman, R-Austin, is fronting a mounting frustration among southwest Austin landowners, many of whom have taken years to get their development projects off the ground, only to face opposition from a city that some consider to be cozy…

Friday, April 5, 2013 by Kimberly Reeves

Senate passes bills limiting public-private development of state land

The Texas Senate, on a day when the House was embroiled in budget talk, passed two bills that could have a significant impact on Austin.   The duo of bills, Senate Bill 894 and Senate Bill 507, are the top…

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 by Kimberly Reeves

CAMPO told funding needed for Project Connect still a mystery

The question of just how much the proposed Project Connect would cost was asked – but not answered – at Monday night’s CAMPO board meeting.   Mayor Lee Leffingwell, chair of CAMPO’s Transit Working Group, laid out the regional transit…

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 by Kimberly Reeves

Council tentatively approves East Riverside Corridor Plan

The East Riverside Corridor Regulating Plan made it through Council on first reading last week after almost six long years of debate over competing priorities. Changes were already under way in the corridor back in 2007, and with the rumor…

Thursday, March 7, 2013 by Kimberly Reeves

Housing officials rethinking city’s SMART housing initiative

The Community Development Corporation’s Housing Committee will be the first group to take another look at Austin’s SMART housing program more than a decade after it was created.   Austin’s SMART housing initiative once was a key tool in the…

Monday, March 4, 2013 by Kimberly Reeves

Compromise reached for re-zoning Burnet Road tract for bar

Last week, Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole brokered a final compromise on conditions around the re-zoning for a proposed Little Woodrow’s on Burnet Road, but the agreed-to concessions were not enough to bring Council Members Laura Morrison and Kathie Tovo…

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 by Kimberly Reeves

City unveils plans for upgrades to Festival Beach park area

The city unveiled its first conceptual renderings of the 90-acre Festival Beach area on Monday night, taking care to emphasize the importance of public input.   Of the neighborhoods across the city, those on the East Side around Festival Beach…

Friday, February 15, 2013 by Kimberly Reeves

Watson bill would move utility oversight to PUC

New legislation, filed Thursday by Sens. Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) and Kirk Watson (D-Austin) would move oversight of water and sewer utilities from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to the Public Utility Commission.     “Over the past decade, more…

Thursday, January 17, 2013 by Kimberly Reeves

City breaks ground on Anderson Development housing units

The city broke ground on two-dozen units of affordable housing on East 12th Street in East Austin on Wednesday, a testament to ongoing efforts of the Anderson Community Development Corp. to find its way back to being a viable, substantial…

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 by Kimberly Reeves

CAMPO members wary of Mobility 35 project’s price tag

Mobility 35, a joint project between the Texas Department of Transportation and the City of Austin, has a large number of small projects underway along the Interstate 35 corridor, but it may take billions, not millions, to achieve long-term fixes.…

Monday, January 14, 2013 by Kimberly Reeves

Affordable housing bonds could be back on November 2013 ballot

A trio of City Council members wants to take another swing at the affordable housing issue in Austin, asking City Manager Marc Ott to put together a possible bond package proposal for November. Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole,  joined by…

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 by Kimberly Reeves

Sen. Watson talks priorities as Legislative session begins

Democratic State Sen. Kirk Watson is learning it sometimes takes two, or even three, legislative sessions before his ideas take root.   This time two years ago, at the beginning of the 82nd session, Watson was touting his “Honesty Agenda,”…

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 by Kimberly Reeves

Rezoning OK’d for new Little Woodrow’s on Burnet Road

In its last zoning vote of the year, a split Austin City Council approved rezoning a property on Burnet Road in North Austin to accommodate a possible new Little Woodrow’s bar and restaurant.   The vote on first reading was…

Thursday, December 6, 2012 by Kimberly Reeves

Creative housing concept proposed for Austin’s creative class

A new affordable-housing concept could provide more options for musicians and other artists who are finding Austin a pricey place to live.   City officials, including members of the Arts Commission and the Music Commission, have struggled to address the…

Monday, December 3, 2012 by Kimberly Reeves

Questions remain on Waterfront Overlay rules

In another couple of months a City of Austin citizen panel will be making its recommendations for new regulations for buildings along the shores of Lady Bird Lake, including allowed heights and density. And after three years of work the…

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 by Kimberly Reeves

Design Commission likes ZaZa hotel-apartment project

The planned downtown Hotel ZaZa tower, which is slated to open in 2015 on the edge of Republic Square, breezed through Austin’s Design Commission on Monday night, as commissioners gave their unanimous blessing to place the project under a central…

Monday, November 26, 2012 by Kimberly Reeves

Panel gives boost to couple planning boutique hotel on East 11th

The Austin Urban Renewal Board has agreed to add a hotel-motel option for a parcel in limbo on East 11th Street, leaving it to the Planning Commission and City Council to work out an agreement on the design between a…

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