Stories by Ryan Thornton

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Transportation Department releases Rainey Mobility Study

The Austin Transportation Department published a report this week analyzing the traffic impacts of future mobility scenarios for downtown’s Rainey neighborhood.“The popularity of the Rainey Street entertainment district has led to mobility challenges and concerns over interactions between pedestrians, bicyclists,…

Monday, January 13, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Austin Transportation makes strides for transparent project data

The Pedestrian Advisory Council is asking the city for more public updates on mobility projects as the Austin Transportation Department continues developing its online interactive database.Last Monday evening, the advisory board unanimously passed a recommendation drafted by chair Adam Greenfield…

Friday, January 10, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Cypress and Shoal Creek Project potential recipient of hotel tax dollars

The Public Works Department has studied various ways to prioritize and fund the Cypress and Shoal Creek Project on the northeastern edge of the Seaholm District. Now the department has determined that the Historic Preservation portion of the Hotel Occupancy…

Friday, January 10, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Downtown walk signals get a safety upgrade

The Austin Transportation Department took a big step for safety this week by reprograming downtown traffic signals to give pedestrians more time to cross before motorists enter the intersection. “Leading pedestrian intervals,” as the signal timing tool is called, give…

Thursday, January 9, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Activist-led transportation bond vision adjusted and finalized

The team behind the Wheel Deal, a community-led concept for a 2020 transportation-focused bond, released its final plan Wednesday after making several adjustments to its initial plan based on public input.While the group sharply cut proposed funding in a number…

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Parking pilot to free up on-street parking, create parking solutions for construction site personnel

The Austin Transportation Department is pursuing a multiyear parking pilot to reduce the impact of parking during construction at downtown sites.In a Jan. 2 memo, Transportation Director Robert Spillar said the Downtown Construction Workers Parking Pilot is partially based on…

Friday, December 27, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Alter highlights progress in public safety in 2019

Out of all the work she’s accomplished this year, Council Member Alison Alter is particularly proud of what she’s brought to fruition in the realm of public safety.Beginning in January, Alter posted a resolution calling for a third-party audit of…

Monday, December 23, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Casar proud of victories in 2019, ready to prove value of progressive policy again in 2020

Council Member Greg Casar began the year defending several of the city’s workers’ rights ordinances at the 86th legislative session while pushing for adoption of Affordability Unlocked at City Council.Senate Bill 15 was known for its attack on the paid…

Monday, December 23, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Kitchen optimistic about work begun in 2019 but committed to finding real solutions

From where Ann Kitchen sits, 2019 was a productive year at City Hall. After years of stagnation on major issues from homelessness and transportation to our clunky land use code, the Council member says the city buckled down this year…

Friday, December 20, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Renteria appreciates slow but steady progress to affordable, equitable city in 2019

As he did in 2019, Council Member Pio Renteria will continue working to create a more integrated, walkable and resilient city in the next year.“Historically, Austin is a city that has been segregated, and we’re trying to change that,” he…

Thursday, December 19, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Conservation district denies rehearing request on Needmore well permit

The Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District denied a request at its Dec. 12 meeting from the Trinity Edwards Springs Protection Association for a rehearing of the Needmore Water LLC permit.In July, the district’s board of directors granted the Needmore permit…

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Austin Transportation to set per-trip fee for dockless vehicles

The Austin Transportation Department’s dockless mobility program has decided on a per-trip vehicle fee that could result in an annual revenue boost of around $800,000.In a Dec. 10 memorandum, Robert Spillar, director of transportation, said the department has decided a…

Thursday, December 12, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Draft Land Development Code approved on first reading

Wrapping up a three-day effort, City Council approved the draft Land Development Code text and map on first reading in a 7-4 vote Wednesday afternoon.In accordance with Council direction, the code revision team will now work to compile and publish…

Thursday, December 12, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Tarrytown food truck approved with change to neighborhood plan

City Council gave final approval to a Tarrytown zoning case on Thursday that also necessitated an amendment to the Central West Austin Combined Neighborhood Plan.Ideally, Council Member Alison Alter said, the applicant’s request – to make room for a food…

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Exception for RV park near Hamilton Pool put on hold

The Travis County Commissioners Court still hasn’t found the middle ground it’s looking for to grant a platting requirement exception for the Bentree RV Resort, a recreational vehicle park that would be developed less than a mile southwest of the…

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Council sets off on long journey to code adoption

City Council took its first go at a first reading of the draft Land Development Code on Monday. Due both to the scope of the issue and scheduling conflicts, that attempt will now be spread out over today and Wednesday,…

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Chief appraiser says market will determine whether code rewrite changes property values

City Council got some clarity Tuesday on the issue of property valuations under the Land Development Code rewrite.Chief Appraiser Marya Crigler of the Travis Central Appraisal District joined Council’s work session to offer context to a conversation Council members began…

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

CAMPO 2040 plan, Stassney Lane overpass highlight common failures of multimodal projects

A recent brief from the Center for American Progress suggests the Austin region’s transportation efforts may ultimately work against its own stated priorities.Kevin DeGood, CAP’s director of Infrastructure Policy and author of the Nov. 13 brief, examined the Capital Area…

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Demolition permitting revision to get going in 2020

The Development Services Department is behind schedule in its effort to revise the city’s demolition permitting process.The department issued a report with nine recommendations for a new process in October 2018. At the time, the department expected to bring its…

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Garza says code needs ‘equity overlay’ to address historic development patterns

Reading through the draft Land Development Code over the last several weeks, Mayor Pro Tem Delia Garza noted that, for all its pages and nuance, the draft has a blind spot around housing equity.Realizing there was no single tool to…

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