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,…

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 by Michael Kanin

New Watershed Protection Ordinance up for Council consideration

Austin City Council members may offer only limited approval to a series of dramatic changes to the city’s Watershed Protection Ordinance. The rewrite, a document that exchanges small allowances of additional impervious cover for more protection of the city’s creek…

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 by Michael Kanin

Proposal explores Urban Rail funding options through TOD zones

An item proposed by Council Members Mike Martinez and Chris Riley that, in part, creates a restricted fund to draw development-based dollars from construction around rail stations drew some concern from Council Member Laura Morrison Tuesday. If approved, the Martinez…

Tuesday, October 1, 2013 by Elizabeth Pagano

Dove Springs group wants fresh food, limited alcohol at new store

Representatives from the Dove Springs community and Austin Interfaith are hoping that a zoning change can be a positive one, as they continue to work with the property owner to help create a small oasis in one of the city’s…

Monday, September 30, 2013 by Elizabeth Pagano

Council agrees to allow loading and unloading in downtown alleys

After a surprisingly lengthy debate on the issue, the City Council agreed to continue to allow downtown businesses to use alleys for loading and unloading, legally.   At first glance, the idea of using alleys for that purpose may not…

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