Stories by Nina Hernandez

Friday, August 28, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

Planning Commission elects new leadership

At its regular meeting on Tuesday, the Planning Commission voted to elect new leadership. Todd Shaw was selected as chair and Claire Hempel will serve as vice chair. The two are replacing former Chair Conor Kenny and Vice Chair Fayez Kazi.Mayor…

Thursday, August 27, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

Human Rights Commission calls for democratically elected police chief

On Monday, the Human Rights Commission agreed that City Council should change city ordinance to allow Austin to democratically elect its police chief.Under the proposal, which was put together by commissioners Nathan White, Kristian Caballero and Alicia Weigel, Austin voters…

Monday, August 24, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

Zoning and Platting Commission recommends Circuit of the Americas PUD

At its meeting Tuesday, the Zoning and Platting Commission unanimously recommended – with staff members’ caveats – the Circuit of the Americas planned unit development. The commission would like staffers to track the impervious cover on the site and ensure…

Wednesday, August 19, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

Planning Commission approves Ben White rezoning request despite staff concerns

At its meeting last week, the Planning Commission unanimously approved a request to rezone 7135 E. Ben White from Limited Industrial Services (LI) to Multifamily Residence – Moderate-High Density (MF-4). The commission approved the application despite staff concerns that the…

Friday, August 14, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

Springdale Farm project earns variance from Planning Commission

At its Tuesday meeting, the Planning Commission passed an environmental variance for 755 Springdale Road. The applicant, StoryBuilt, has sought the change for more than a year, but the case failed to clear the Environmental Commission earlier this summer due to concerns…

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

Animal Advisory Commission has questions about potential new shelter model

At its meeting Friday, the Animal Advisory Commission considered whether the city should join Human Animal Support Services, an international coalition led by no-kill organization American Pets Alive!The program would use case management to keep most animals out of the…

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

Electric Utility Commission won’t recommend Austin Energy technology contract

At its Monday meeting, the Electric Utility Commission took a hard look at a purchasing contract that would have authorized $62 million in contracts for computer, network and other technology hardware. Ultimately, none of the commissioners made a motion to…

Thursday, August 6, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

Council needs federal and state help to stabilize child care industry

Furthering its efforts to shore up the local child care industry, City Council passed three resolutions last week changing the criteria for the city’s Childcare Support Fund. In addition, Council directed City Manager Spencer Cronk to develop recommendations and take action…

Tuesday, August 4, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

Planning Commission approves Nuckols Crossing zoning change

At its Tuesday night meeting, the Planning Commission approved a zoning change for 4500 Nuckols Crossing from Single-Family Residence – Standard Lot (SF-2)  to Multifamily Residence – Moderate-High Density (MF-4) with a conditional overlay removing all the MF-4 entitlements except…

Monday, August 3, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

Planning Commission tackles more Montopolis cases

On Tuesday, the Planning Commission denied two out of three Montopolis area rezoning cases that neighborhood activists railed against back in June.At the end of June, the commission passed two of the five cases that the Montopolis Neighborhood Plan Contact…

Monday, July 27, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

Report recommends major changes to 911 procedures

Last week, City Council’s Public Safety Committee heard a presentation on a report from AH Datalytics, paid for by the Austin Justice Coalition, assessing the Austin Police Department’s 911 calls for service. Overall, the report asserts that many of the calls…

Friday, July 24, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

ZAP tweaks proposed merger of housing and planning departments

The Zoning and Platting Commission on Tuesday discussed the potential merger between the Neighborhood Housing and Community Development and the Planning and Zoning departments. After multiple commissioners expressed concerns about the measure, they voted unanimously to include three recommendations to…

Wednesday, July 22, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

City prepares to launch second round of rental assistance in August

City Council’s Housing and Planning Committee heard an update Tuesday on the city’s next round of Covid-19 rental assistance, known as the RENT program. The Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Department hopes to help even more households and cover a…

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

Public Safety budget discussion wrestles with demands to defund APD

Chief Financial Officer Ed Van Eenoo gave the Public Safety Committee a public safety budget overview at its meeting on Monday. Much of the discussion centered around the Austin Police Department budget. Community members and some City Council members have…

Monday, July 20, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

Austin Energy Covid rates could revert as soon as November

During an Austin Energy budget presentation on Friday, the Electric Utility Commission learned that the rate cuts the utility put into place this spring as part of its Covid-19 recovery efforts will expire at the end of this fiscal year.The…

Friday, July 17, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

Planning Commission approves rezoning for MLK property despite concerns over process

The Planning Commission voted at its Tuesday meeting to recommend a zoning change for 5201 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. from Family Residence (SF-3) to Multifamily Residence – Medium Density (MF-3).The applicant initially requested Multifamily Residence – Highest Density…

Thursday, July 16, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

Planning Commission postpones long-dormant Nuckols Crossing case

On Tuesday night the Planning Commission yet again postponed consideration of a rezoning at 4500 Nuckols Crossing against the wishes of the applicants and their representatives.The applicants’ agent, Victoria Haase, told the commissioners that the applicants urged them to hear…

Wednesday, July 15, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

Ann Howard wins Democratic primary runoff in county commissioner Precinct 3 race

Ann Howard won Tuesday night’s Democratic Party primary runoff to decide who will compete to replace Gerald Daugherty in representing Precinct 3 on the Travis County Commissioners Court.“I’ll just start doing some hard work to get to know even more…

Friday, July 10, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

City evaluates rental assistance program, prepares for round two

Back in May, the city’s Relief of Emergency Needs for Tenants program disbursed $1.2 million in emergency rental assistance to 1,680 families across the city. This week, the Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Department, in conjunction with the Housing Authority of…

Thursday, July 9, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

ZAP approves East Austin zoning change with condition

At its Tuesday evening meeting, the Zoning and Platting Commission voted to recommend a zoning change at 5601 Nixon Lane. The commission voted in favor of the 4.67-acre property, at the corner of Nixon Lane and FM 969, changing from Community…

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