Tuesday, October 8, 2013 by Elizabeth Pagano

Landmark Commission OKs historic zoning for Commodore Perry estate

The Historic Landmark Commission unanimously recommended historic zoning for the 1928 Commodore Perry estate at last month’s meeting, despite neighborhood fears that the designation is part of a larger, more nefarious scheme. The matter must now move on to the…

Tuesday, October 8, 2013 by Elizabeth Pagano

Eastside juice bar gets go-ahead despite some Council misgivings

Despite hand-wringing over the prospect of a drive-though in far East Austin, a modest juice bar proposal emerged unscathed from City Council consideration last week.   “Here’s a guy trying to make a go of a small business. Everybody knows…

Monday, October 7, 2013 by Elizabeth Pagano

Council clarifies affordability calculations on PUD Ordinance

Moving with a swiftness seldom seen at City Hall, City Council members approved changes to the city’s Planned Unit Development Ordinance at last week’s meeting.   Council voted 5-2 to approve the new ordinance, with Council Members Kathie Tovo and…

Friday, October 4, 2013 by Michael Kanin

Council to add 7 new members to Buildings-Standards Commission

Austin City Council members Thursday took the first steps toward a larger  Building and Standards Commission – one that would, theoretically, be able to better handle a hefty volume of building code violations.   Council members unanimously offered tentative approval…

Thursday, October 3, 2013 by Elizabeth Pagano

Business owner wants city’s help to get rid of his junkyard business

In an unusual turn of events, the owner of a northwest Austin junkyard brought his concerns about the environmental impact of his business to City Council last week, and urged them to help him get rid of it.   The…

Thursday, October 3, 2013 by Michael Kanin

Delay sought for Density Bonus plans for Rainey Street

Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole plans to delay an item on today’s Austin City Council agenda that seeks to reconcile the city’s new Downtown Density Bonus program with one in place in the exploding Rainy Rainey Street area. With the postponement,…

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