City Council

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Community concerns with teeth: Council postpones vote on animal-related code changes

Austin is the largest no-kill city in the country and residents would like to keep it that way. Yet some have expressed concern that maintaining the animal shelter’s no-kill status could come at the expense of community safety.Although much of…

Monday, September 23, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Boundary change puts landfill site under Travis County’s watch

City Council voted Thursday to change the boundaries of its extraterritorial jurisdiction, in essence giving up regulation of more than 800 acres that includes the controversial Austin Community Landfill property.By a unanimous vote, Council approved an ordinance change amending the…

Monday, September 23, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Council approves $3M annually from hotel tax for musicians, venues

For the first time, Austin’s city government will provide direct annual funding to the local commercial music industry, including venues and performing musicians.On Thursday, City Council unanimously approved an ordinance and amendments to city code covering the allocation of the…

Friday, September 20, 2019 by Andrew Weber

Austin City Council punts on reinstating rules to limit camping and resting in public

City Council declined today to revise rules passed in June that rolled back ordinances banning camping, sitting or lying down in public. Council members may take up the measures again next month.After months of uncertainty on the part of police,…

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by Andrew Weber

Council members offer revised plan that phases in restrictions on camping or resting in public

City leaders have a new proposal to regulate behavior related to homelessness ahead of a possible City Council vote that could happen as soon as Wednesday.The proposal comes after roughly a week of infighting among Council members. Kathie Tovo and…

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 by Jo Clifton

City facing challenges in changing sidewalks

When Stephanie Hayden, director of Austin Public Health, sent out a memo last Friday explaining improvements the city was making to the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless, she underlined one sentence: “Please note the sidewalk construction is scheduled to…

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