Thursday, April 30, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Committee seeks data on homestead district

The City Council Housing and Community Development Committee took a small step forward Wednesday toward funding affordable housing within the Homestead Preservation District in Central East Austin and possibly elsewhere. However,¬†committee members did not pick a financing mechanism and still…

Thursday, March 26, 2015 by Kara Nuzback

Swede Hill residents ward off condo proposal

The Swede Hill Neighborhood Association scored a victory at Tuesday’s Planning Commission meeting when commissioners denied a developer’s zoning change request to allow him to build condominiums in the historic neighborhood.It was the second night in a row that the…

Friday, March 13, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Ott splits Planning & Development Review Dept.

Like the couple that marries and divorces but marries again only to divorce a few years later, the Planning and Development Review Department is once again being broken into a neighborhood planning department and a development review department.In a memo…

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Springdale apartment complex appeal denied

City Council has rejected an appeal by DeWayne Lofton, who was seeking to overturn a decision of the Planning Commission to grant a conditional use permit for an affordable housing complex at 5905 Springdale Road.Lofton, president of Pecan Springs/Springdale Neighborhood…

Monday, March 9, 2015 by Michael Kanin

Explainer: The Zucker Report marginalia

There was a lot of unveiling in the Zucker Report. We saw that a third-party analysis of the City of Austin’s Planning and Development Review Department did, indeed, show what appears as evidence of multiple divisions in shambles, as had…

Friday, March 6, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Council approves lower Onion Creek buyout

Many at-risk residents of the flood-prone lower Onion Creek area were relieved to learn Thursday, after more than a year of waiting, that the city will help them move away from the area most affected by the record-breaking Halloween 2013…

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