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Wednesday, November 19, 2014 by Michael Kanin

Austin Council meetings run far later than peers’

A report from Office of the City Auditor staff appears to corroborate what many Austin City Council observers have long lived: that the city’s Council meetings are much lengthier than those of their peers.The data, presented by Assistant City Auditor…

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 by Tyler Whitson

Future LDC amendments may get Opticos review

Though City Council will likely select a CodeNEXT approach Thursday, it will also consider a resolution designed to ensure that any interim Land Development Code changes are consistent with the goals of the Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan.That resolution, which Council…

Thursday, November 13, 2014 by Jo Clifton

Downtown hotel zoning shifts to code amendment

After almost a year of going through the zoning change process, including trips to four different commissions and winning initial approval from City Council, developers of the Aloft Austin & Element Hotel are now seeking an amendment to the Land…

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 by Tyler Whitson

Long road ahead for TNC ordinance

Since City Council approved an ordinance in mid-October that would legalize transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft, city staff has been hard at work. Not only are they drafting contracts that authorize these companies to operate under the ordinance,…

Monday, November 10, 2014 by Tyler Whitson

Council passes sound permitting ordinance

City Council approved an ordinance Thursday that subjects large-scale outdoor music events on city parkland, such as the Austin City Limits festival, to more comprehensive sound permitting requirements.The ordinance amends city code to require that applicants seeking outdoor amplified sound…

Monday, November 10, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Council OKs ‘local’ loan for planned hotel franchise

Questions from City Council Member Katie Tovo about a proposed Family Business Loan led to an illuminating discussion at Thursday’s Council meeting about what the word “local” really means.Tovo said she was surprised to find out that the program does…

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