Housing

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

City beefs up transit portion of SMART Housing

With a swift, unanimous approval, City Council members amended the transit requirements for the city’s SMART Housing program last week.SMART stands for Safe, Mixed-income, Accessible and Reasonably-priced Transit-oriented housing. Last week, Council tweaked the “T” to require that SMART Housing…

Friday, November 7, 2014 by Tyler Whitson

City Council advances source of income ordinance

City Council members took another step toward prohibiting housing discrimination based on source of income Thursday, passing an ordinance on second reading that amends the city code.The ordinance includes language that offers an exemption to property owners who do not…

Thursday, November 6, 2014 by Michael Kanin

Martinez seeks to expand source-of-income regs

On Tuesday, Council Member Mike Martinez told his colleagues at an abbreviated Austin City Council work session that he expects to introduce an amendment that would expand the potential breadth of the city’s pending ban on source-of-income housing discrimination.The item…

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Housing, not retail, on the way for East Austin

A fight for more retail space proved unsuccessful at the Planning Commission last week, where commissioners unanimously approved a conditional use permit that will allow an affordable housing project to be built despite the neighborhood’s wishes.“It may not be perfect…

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