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Stories by Syeda Hasan

Thursday, February 9, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Council weighs supporting affordable housing development in North Austin

Today, City Council is set to consider throwing its support behind nine affordable housing projects, all vying for competitive state tax credits that could help fund the developments. But some residents who live near one of these proposed projects in…

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Austin gets its first look at new Land Development Code

The city of Austin has released the much-awaited first draft of CodeNEXT, its new land development guidelines. It’s the first time in more than 30 years that the city will have a new Land Development Code. The new code aims…

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Austin to consider extending parking meter hours downtown

If you’ve ever tried to park in downtown Austin, you’ve probably found yourself circling the streets a few times before finding a spot. The city is exploring changes to make more parking available during peak traffic time – but that…

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Thursday, January 12, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Has Austin’s booming population finally peaked?

For years, we’ve been hearing about how Austin is one of the fastest-growing cities in the country. Thousands of people move here each year, but recent reports show that some of the factors that draw people to the city –…

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016 by Syeda Hasan

Round Rock drafts its first land development code

It’s no secret that development is booming in Austin and its surrounding suburbs. Just north of Austin, the city of Round Rock is working to accommodate that growth by creating its first-ever land development code. One might think of the…

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Monday, December 12, 2016 by Syeda Hasan

Testifying on zoning cases can mean waiting for hours – but is that fair?

Last week, when the contentious case for the Grove at Shoal Creek returned yet again to City Hall, City Council made welcome progress – but not quite when people expected it. Council was supposed to start its discussion at 9…

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016 by Syeda Hasan

The Grove at Shoal Creek moves closer to final Council OK

After months of discussion and more after-hours debate and testimony at City Hall last night, City Council is moving forward with plans for a controversial development known as the Grove at Shoal Creek. As with most discussions on the case,…

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Friday, December 2, 2016 by Syeda Hasan

Austin’s high-end apartment market closes some of its vacancy gap

High-end apartments have come to dominate the rental market in downtown Austin. A few years ago, those developments saw a sharp drop in occupancy as new units flooded the market. Now the market seems to be on its way to stabilizing.…

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016 by Syeda Hasan

Sheriff’s Office works to recruit more women

This month, voters elected the second woman in history to serve as Travis County sheriff. Now, the department is working to recruit more female deputies and corrections officers to its ranks. Tracy Westbrook never saw herself working as a police…

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Friday, November 11, 2016 by Syeda Hasan

Council approves Cactus Rose mobile home park rezoning

After more than a year, residents of an East Austin mobile home park have reached a deal with developers looking to rebuild on the property. Some city leaders say the case could set a precedent for future development. About a…

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Thursday, November 10, 2016 by Syeda Hasan

Downtown parking study calls for more expensive street spaces

Streamlined technology and more expensive parking spaces – those are some of the recommendations of a new report that looks at improving parking in downtown Austin. The $260,000 study analyzed parking in the area bordered by Interstate 35, Martin Luther…

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Friday, November 4, 2016 by Syeda Hasan

Austin adopts plan to be more ‘Age-Friendly’

Austin has a reputation as a relatively young city, but within the next 25 years, one in five residents is expected to be 65 or older. To prepare for that change, City Council has approved a new plan to make…

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016 by Syeda Hasan

Austin moves forward with expedited building permits

Builders in Austin have long complained about the city’s notoriously slow permitting process. Now, the city is set to launch a new program that will offer a faster option – but it comes with some costs. Building in Austin typically…

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016 by Syeda Hasan

Rainey Street condo developer to fund neighborhood traffic study

Yet another new high-rise condo complex could be coming to the Rainey Street neighborhood. But before it breaks ground, developers and residents are working to identify the top traffic needs in the area. The Austin-based Sutton Company wants to build…

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Thursday, October 13, 2016 by Syeda Hasan

Council Member Renteria seeks amenities for mobile home parks

Mobile homes are often referred to as Austin’s most affordable housing. But mobile home parks don’t always offer amenities, such as green space, for residents. One City Council member is hoping to change that. When Council Member Pio Renteria visited…

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016 by Syeda Hasan

Council inches closer to action on Grove at Shoal Creek PUD

For several months now, City Council’s decision about whether to approve the zoning for the Grove at Shoal Creek, a proposed 75-acre mixed-use development, has driven hours of debate and faced numerous delays. Why is it taking so long? When…

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Monday, October 3, 2016 by Syeda Hasan

As city overhauls development code, Central Austin neighborhood works on its first plan

The city of Austin is working with people who live in the North Shoal Creek area to develop their first-ever neighborhood plan. The effort could help determine the future of that part of Austin and the rest of the city.…

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Friday, September 30, 2016 by Syeda Hasan

Austin and Travis County officials talk sobriety center plans

People picked up in Austin for public intoxication downtown might no longer be headed straight to jail or the emergency room. Austin and Travis County leaders are moving forward with plans to open a sobriety center. The downtown facility would…

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016 by Syeda Hasan

State report outlines potential new locations for Austin State Hospital

Austin is home to one of the first mental health care facilities in Texas, but state lawmakers are considering selling the property and relocating the facility. The Austin State Hospital admits about 4,000 patients a year, serving 39 counties. But…

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016 by Syeda Hasan

East Austin theater at the center of code dispute

The Austin Code Department is responsible for making sure land is used for its intended purpose. So what happens when land-use rules are broken? One East Austin theater at the center of a code dispute is finding out the answer…

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