Stories by Ryan Thornton

Friday, October 18, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Council codifies no-kill practices in controversial ordinance

City Council approved a set of controversial amendments to city code Thursday, giving legal weight to certain no-kill practices that many community advocates consider harmful to people and pets alike.Ellen Jefferson, executive director of Austin Pets Alive!, defended the amendments…

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Council finds little common ground on camping ordinance

Still divided over the best way to manage camping in public spaces, City Council will consider an ordinance Thursday that aims to create structure around its policy without reverting to a blanket ban on camping in public.“We’d rather have people…

Friday, October 11, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

More walkable Congress Avenue vision gaining traction

An innovative framework meant to help reinvigorate Congress Avenue downtown has earned the favor of the Urban Transportation Commission.The framework was developed by the Pedestrian Advisory Council in May as a way to allow experimentation with pedestrian-friendly policies through trial…

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Council responds to code housing capacity and mapping

The city’s Land Development Code draft promises a major increase in housing capacity across the city, falling just shy of City Council’s housing capacity goals in the 2017 Austin Strategic Housing Blueprint.In its current form, the code would push the…

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Chamber pushes ‘all of the above’ regional mobility solution

The Austin Chamber of Commerce pushed three desired outcomes at this year’s mobility summit: resolving traffic congestion on Interstate 35; passing the city’s first high-capacity transit bond; and clarifying the positions and goals of regional elected officials.To fix I-35, Brian…

Monday, October 7, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Council advances controversial rezoning, annexation deal

A cul-de-sac property at the western edge of the city’s limited purpose jurisdiction continues to fuel debate over appropriate levels of sprawl in Austin’s Hill Country.Sitting at the end of Milky Way Drive, which is the site’s only access road,…

Thursday, October 3, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

City reaches milestone for cave site restoration plan

City staff members have completed a draft land management plan to protect the city’s natural resources at the William H. Russell Karst Preserve, the 191-acre Southwest Austin site previously known as the Blowing Sink Research Management Area.The natural features of…

Monday, September 30, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Code rewrite team says development can help city water problems

The Land Development Code rewrite team has again struck a balance on city priorities. At Thursday’s update with City Council – the last before the draft document goes public Friday – the team outlined its strategy to leverage growth and…

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Ford to launch local commercial autonomous vehicle service in 2021

Confirming rumors, Ford Motor Company announced plans Wednesday to begin tests and preparations in Austin for deployment of a commercial autonomous vehicle service in 2021.Sherif Marakby, CEO of Ford Autonomous Vehicles LLC, told the Austin Monitor ahead of the announcement…

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Capital Metro board approves 2020 budget

The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority may still be playing catch-up with some basic comforts like benches, shelters and waste bins at bus stops, but the agency promises to accelerate those smaller efforts while preparing for a high-capacity transit future in…

Monday, September 23, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Red River agreement fails to answer mobility questions

The University of Texas has yet to articulate its plans to mitigate traffic issues while Red River Street is closed through campus for roughly two years to make way for replacement of the Frank Erwin Center. However, City Council demonstrated…

Friday, September 20, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

City awaits toilets for downtown public restroom project

Austin’s first permanent public restroom project downtown has been pushed back several months due to problems in the manufacturing process.Portland Loo, the company that makes the solar-powered restrooms, told staff earlier this month it has run into “parts and labor…

Thursday, September 19, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Red River realignment adds to concerns for campus bike safety

Since Jan. 28, the night Tony Diaz was killed while cycling through the University of Texas campus, university management has listened to and considered calls for safer bicycle facilities on San Jacinto Boulevard, a popular cycling route both for students…

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Capital Metro updates ETA for journey-planning app

Recovering from a rocky start, the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority says its new and improved mobile transit application will soon be live and ready for mobile users to download.The agency launched its new application for Android users on Monday, promising,…

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

City launches map to track bike network projects

The city is anticipating a major push for bicycle infrastructure over the next year. As part of that broader effort, the Austin Transportation Department launched an interactive tracking tool this week to help residents follow the progress of ongoing and…

Monday, September 16, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Commission stresses need for better TOD planning along Green Line

The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority is studying the potential for placing transit-oriented development districts along Project Connect’s rail commuter Green Line, but the Planning Commission says that effort may be somewhat futile without a concentrated push to create vibrant communities…

Thursday, September 12, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Nearing October, code rewrite team admits difficulty with Council direction

Residents will soon be able to peruse the draft version of the new land use code, scheduled for public release in October, but the Land Development Code revision team says complications in the current code have made it difficult to…

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Council adopts $4.2 billion budget

For the second year in a row, City Council has adopted its fiscal year budget in a single meeting of discussing and adopting amendments.With the budget passing 10-1, Council Member Jimmy Flannigan said his vote against the budget came down…

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

CAMPO adopts plan for transportation demand management

The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization voted to adopt its regional transportation demand management plan on Monday despite concerns that the plan could end up favoring urban projects to the detriment of rural counties.The plan was created to streamline the…

Friday, September 6, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Council tells staff: Get municipal court move done

So far, the process of reviewing plans and preparing for relocation of the Austin Municipal Court has been “very, very extensive,” according to Municipal Court Clerk Mary Jane Grubb. Impatient with the lagging timeline, City Council is pressing staffers to…

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