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Thursday, March 12, 2020 by Jo Clifton

Habitat for Humanity, Environment Texas weigh in on land code lawsuit

Travis County District Judge Jan Soifer heard arguments Wednesday from attorneys for 19 Austin homeowners who sued the city over the new Land Development Code. The homeowners filed rezoning protests, but the city denied their requests for a hearing. The plaintiffs…

Monday, March 9, 2020 by Audrey McGlinchy

The city’s rewrite of its land use code heads to court (again)

Lawyers representing a group of Austin homeowners will argue in court this week that landowners have the right to formally protest the rezoning of their property under a citywide land code rewrite. If the court sides with them, it could…

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 by Areeba Amer

Municipal court cases linger longer these days

Four years ago, the Austin Municipal Court generally took under 190 days to close cases. The number of days has since gone up to roughly 215 days, due to Senate Bill 1913 passed by the Texas Legislature in 2017, said…

Thursday, February 13, 2020 by Jo Clifton

Lawsuit claims TCAD hiding sales price information

Protax, which represents property owners who are protesting the property values assigned to their homes, and 10 of its employees have sued the Travis Central Appraisal District alleging the agency has violated the Texas Public Information Act. According to the…

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 by Jo Clifton

Taxpayers sue over lack of appraisal hearings

One hundred and thirty-eight Travis County property owners have sued the Travis Appraisal Review Board and the Travis Central Appraisal District for failing to provide timely hearings on the property owners’ protests of their 2019 appraisals. The two agencies are…

Thursday, December 19, 2019 by Chad Swiatecki

Community court touts data showing sharp drop in recidivism among clients

The city’s Downtown Community Court on East Sixth Street has released data showing a drastic reduction in recidivism among its clients, thanks to the social services and case management the court offers. The analysis of data from the 2018 fiscal…

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