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Wednesday, October 28, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

City to ask for rehearing in water rate case

The battle over water rates for more than 46,000 Austin Water customers is not over, it appears.Austin Water Assistant Director David Anders told the Austin Monitor on Tuesday that the city intends to adhere to an order – issued earlier…

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Police association proposes SXSW funding fix

Although it is an economic driver for the city, South by Southwest imposes significant demands on the Austin Police Department, which pulls many of its personnel away from normal duties to cover the event every year. The Austin Police Association…

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Environmental Board sides with trees over variance

The future of two live oak trees in a downtown Austin parking lot sparked vigorous debate at a Wednesday meeting of the Environmental Commission, which ultimately recommended against the city granting a variance to its Heritage Tree Ordinance to make…

Friday, October 23, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Austin Energy committee considers new tariff

City Council appears to be moving closer to deciding how to charge Austin Energy’s two largest industrial customers, an issue it has grappled with since May. Convened as the Austin Energy Utility Oversight Committee, Council heard a presentation Thursday from…

Thursday, October 22, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Mobility authority unveils MoPac South options

MoPac South is back on the public radar, except now community members have several flavors of the proposed highway expansion to choose from as they submit input over the next month.Responding to a call from residents and elected officials for…

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

City seeks to close charter school loophole

According to the city’s Land Development Code, organizations planning to build open-enrollment charter schools are exempt from various development regulations, including some intended to mitigate flood and traffic impacts. This revelation has grabbed the attention of community members as well…

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Millennials talk future of Austin real estate

There are plenty of stereotypes about millennials – Americans born between 1982 and 2000 – but there’s no arguing that, at more than a quarter of the population, they are a major focus for many industries. This is certainly true…

Monday, October 19, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Regional bicycle, pedestrian projects get funding

As Austin and Central Texas grow and become more congested, city and regional leaders are looking at bicycle and pedestrian projects as ways to cut down on traffic. On Oct. 12, the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Transportation Policy Board…

Friday, October 16, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Council initiates fingerprint background check requirements, fees for Uber, Lyft

City Council took a step toward requiring drivers for Uber, Lyft and similar companies to undergo fingerprint background checks on Thursday. It also initiated a process that would require such firms, known as transportation network companies, or TNCs, to pay…

Friday, October 16, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Council expands immediate solar energy purchase

Just two weeks after approving 288 megawatts’ worth of solar energy contracts, City Council upped the total on Thursday to between 400 and 450 MW. In addition to the immediate purchases, the body directed Austin Energy to reach an ultimate…

Thursday, October 15, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Council may revamp affordable housing policy

City Council will pick up a proposal today that Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo hopes will lead to more on-site affordable housing in future developments throughout the city. Based on a discussion at a work session on Tuesday, however, it…

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Council to take stance on Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood funding may be a national issue, but City Council will likely weigh in on it this Thursday when it considers endorsing federal spending for the women’s health organization in the city’s federal legislative agenda. Council will also consider…

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Mobility authority to unveil MoPac South options

The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority has announced that it will roll out a slew of new MoPac South alternatives online on Oct. 21 in preparation for an open house on Nov. 10 at the Palmer Events Center.Members of the…

Monday, October 12, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Special Report: Manor, planning for the future

Today, the Austin Monitor, KUT and KLRU present a collaboration that examines the impact of our region’s growth on Manor, Texas: Austin’s Eastern Frontier. We invite you to explore that series and offer you this piece on transportation planning efforts in…

Monday, October 12, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Austin’s music industry talks future, fees

This summer’s release of the Austin Music Census, along with recent and potential music venue closures, paints a dire picture of Austin’s celebrated music scene and has prompted a dialogue about the future of local artists and venues. That conversation…

Friday, October 9, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

PUC resets rates for thousands of Austin Water customers

More than 46,000 Austin Water customers are getting their rates lowered, based on an order that the Public Utility Commission of Texas handed down to the city of Austin on Thursday. In addition, the city will have to request approval…

Thursday, October 8, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Committee suggests new Uber, Lyft regulations

Transportation network companies such as Uber and Lyft may be on the way to stricter safety regulations and higher fees based on recommendations that the City Council Mobility Committee made on Wednesday.The operating fee recommendations would establish a charge that…

Thursday, October 8, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

New report outlines popular mobility proposals

Everyone is aware that Austin has major traffic problems, but not everyone agrees on how to fix them. A new report, however, may help bridge some of those gaps by presenting the 10 most popular ideas that community members generated…

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Code says STR licenses are a strain on staff

Short-term rentals such as those listed on Airbnb and HomeAway are a hot-button issue in Austin, and the city is at work trying to fix the problems that residents have drawn attention to in the past several months. Austin Code…

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Central Texas reacts to new ozone standards

After the Environmental Protection Agency announced on Oct. 1 that it would be tightening its ground-level ozone regulations, some in Central Texas likely felt relieved, some expressed frustration and others looked ahead.The new National Ambient Air Quality Standards reduce the…

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