Stories by Mark Richardson

Friday, February 8, 2008 by Mark Richardson

Developer tries new tactic to deal with impervious cover rules

Years ago, just before new development regulations were put into effect, in the Bull Creek and Panther Hollow watersheds, developers scrambled to submit their site plans to the city so that, under state law (Local Government Code Chapter 245), they could avoid more stringent…

Tuesday, February 5, 2008 by Mark Richardson

District Attorney candidates talk about the issues

While the debate among the four candidates to replace Ronnie Earle as Travis County District Attorney produced few fireworks Monday night, the candidates did stake out their positions on drug arrest diversion programs, APD violence, the death penalty and other…

Monday, February 4, 2008 by Mark Richardson

Council worries that water tower cost could hurt conservation efforts

Several City Council members, particularly Lee Leffingwell, expressed concern last week over the high cost of building a “designer” water tower for the city’s Water Reclamation System, fearing that it could diminish the cost advantage of reused water as a…

Friday, February 1, 2008 by Mark Richardson

Council finds no easy answers in historic zoning case

It may take a Solomonic decision by Council members to resolve the issues that confront them in the zoning case of the Colley-Hays House in West Austin. The city’s Historic Landmark Commission is seeking to give the early-1900s-era Deep Eddy…

Wednesday, January 30, 2008 by Mark Richardson

Water tower for Mueller raises question of design, costs

Council members may soon have to decide between aesthetics and costs, as they hear a presentation this week on an Austin Water Utility request to construct a new water tower at the Mueller Airport Redevelopment site. The Mueller Neighborhoods Coalition…

Tuesday, January 29, 2008 by Mark Richardson

Aquifer district ponders annexation in western Travis County

The Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District has begun to move, albeit slowly, toward annexing a portion of western Travis County that is not currently protected by a groundwater district.   The BSEACD has jurisdiction over parts of southern Travis…

Monday, January 28, 2008 by Mark Richardson

Subdivision moves forward despite flood plain, road access qualms

A case normally dispatched by the Zoning and Platting Commission on its consent agenda took on an adversarial tone Tuesday night, as residents near a planned subdivision complained about potential flood dangers and loss of access to their property. Commission…

Thursday, January 24, 2008 by Mark Richardson

Neighborhoods group endorses single-member districts—sort of

Two Austin City Council Members gave opposing views on single-member districts last night during a forum at a meeting of the Austin Neighborhoods Council. And while Sheryl Cole and Mike Martinez had divergent opinions on the value of electing Council…

Tuesday, January 22, 2008 by Mark Richardson

City proposes wider critical water quality zone to protect Colorado

Changes in the way critical water quality zone (CWQZ) buffers are measured in the Colorado River south of Longhorn Dam, approved last week by the Environmental Board, are designed to improve water quality and preserve the river’s economic and recreational…

Tuesday, January 22, 2008 by Mark Richardson

Council rejects tightening McMansion standards for East Austin

The City Council could not agree to one group’s solution to the problem of gentrification in East Austin neighborhoods last week, turning down a proposed amendment to the city’s McMansion ordinance. The Organization of Central East Austin Neighborhoods (OCEAN) had…

Tuesday, January 15, 2008 by Mark Richardson

Another look at downtown plan and affordability

Members of the Council’s Land Use and Transportation Committee got the first official look at the new Downtown Austin Plan on Monday. Chair Brewster McCracken declared the plan “some of the best work I’ve ever seen,” but the issue of…

Monday, January 14, 2008 by Mark Richardson

Consultant begins work on Austin’s zero waste plan

Austin is well positioned to pursue a goal of Zero Waste, but there is much work yet to be done. That is the analysis of consultant Gary Liss of Gary Liss and Associates, hired by the city to help develop…

Friday, January 11, 2008 by Mark Richardson

Time Insurance zoning case gets final approval

Just one day short of a year after it was passed on first reading and four years after it was originally filed, the Time Insurance zoning case was given final approval by the City Council on Thursday, as neighborhood residents…

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