Thursday, December 4, 2014 by Tyler Whitson

City reveals new drainage fee structure

Austin Watershed Protection Department staff publicly presented its proposed restructure of the drainage fee for the first time Wednesday, saying that it is fairer and more equitable to customers than the current flat fee.Watershed Protection Director Victoria Li told the…

Thursday, December 4, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Venues ask for guidance on sound ordinance

Conflicts between downtown music venues and residents continue to fester. At this week’s Austin Music Commission meeting, venue operators and musicians asked for more clarity and consistency in the city’s sound enforcement.In response, the commission formed a working group with…

Thursday, December 4, 2014 by Tyler Whitson

Plan for local recycled product market advances

Austin’s processed recyclable materials are often shipped overseas to be remanufactured into new products, but a plan by the Austin Resource Recovery Department to convert a plot of land into an eco-industrial park called the Austin (re) Manufacturing Hub could…

Thursday, December 4, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Panel dusts off plans for Green Line rail

With the rail bond defeat in the rearview mirror, this week the City Council Comprehensive Planning and Transportation Committee took a look at a long-planned but almost forgotten rail line that could connect Austin will communities to the east.The proposed…

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 by Kara Nuzback

Candidates debate development in District 7

Two North Austin City Council candidates, who will face off in a Dec. 16 runoff election, say the city is growing rapidly and that the District 7 Council member must make sure the area stays affordable.District 7 candidate Leslie Pool,…

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 by Tyler Whitson

Consultant outlines affordable housing study data

Affordable housing advocates and residents gathered at City Hall on Monday to weigh in on the findings and recommendations of a July report that outlines Austin’s affordable housing needs and fair choice impediments.According to the 2014 Comprehensive Housing Market Study,…

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