Friday, March 20, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

City looks for funds, including hotel tax, to cushion COVID-19 economic impact

City staff and members of City Council have fine-tuned their plans for assisting small businesses and employees facing financial difficulties from the cancellation of South by Southwest and other fallout from the COVID-19 outbreak.Council Member Jimmy Flannigan posted a draft…

Friday, March 20, 2020 by Nina Hernandez

Updated: Coronavirus shutters Austin Animal Center, but shelter still desperately needs fosters

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect daily life in Travis County with the closure of the Austin Animal Center.AAC announced on its Facebook page Monday that it would close to the public, effective immediately, and not reopen until March 30…

Thursday, March 19, 2020 by Audrey McGlinchy

Judge throws out City Council votes on new Austin land code, putting rewrite in jeopardy

In a ruling that could derail Austin’s rewrite of its Land Development Code, a Travis County district judge voided two votes City Council has taken so far on the changes.The city has spent nearly eight years and more than $10…

Thursday, March 19, 2020 by Jo Clifton

Planning, Development Services still operating

Despite the unprecedented challenge presented by the COVID-19 outbreak, the city is attempting to conduct its land use and development services business to keep those processes moving forward.Jerry Rusthoven, leader of the Planning and Zoning Department, told the Austin Monitor…

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 by Mose Buchele

After emergency orders, Austin seeks more money for housing and small businesses

The city of Austin’s Economic Development Department doesn’t know how many residents will lose income because of the bar and restaurant closures and crowd-control rules announced to stop the spread of COVID-19. But with more than 125,000 people working in…

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

Homeless advocates organize against petition to reinstate anti-camping laws

The coalition of community groups that pushed for the city to decriminalize homelessness last summer has organized opposition to a petition drive that seeks to reverse the ordinance change via referendum.The Homes Not Handcuffs Coalition, which includes the Texas ACLU,…

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