Thursday, February 16, 2017 by Kara Nuzback

Survey says: Austinites dissatisfied with traffic, happy with most else

New survey findings show Austin residents are generally happier with city services such as fire, police, library, and parks and recreation than residents of similarly populated cities. But Austin falls behind the national average of satisfaction in an unsurprising category:…

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Friday, January 27, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Despite community concerns, Planning Commission approves Pershing House permit

The Planning Commission’s decision to approve a conditional use permit to the Pershing House, a private club on East Fifth Street, caused a stir on Tuesday. Activist Gavino Fernandez Jr. asked the commission to deny the request for a club or…

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Thursday, January 26, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Planning Commission recommends Council negotiate MUD consent agreement

At its last meeting, the Planning Commission voted to approve a staff recommendation on the second part of a request to amend the consent agreement for Moore’s Crossing, a municipal utility district east of Austin proper, in order to clarify…

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Monday, January 23, 2017 by Jack Craver

Arguments continue over neighborhood plan contact teams

What’s the difference between a neighborhood association and a neighborhood plan contact team? According to the city of Austin, there’s a big difference. Neighborhood associations, which can be started by anyone, have no formal relationship with city government, whereas neighborhood…

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Thursday, January 19, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Sidewalk Master Plan recommendations move forward

An overhaul of Austin’s sidewalk regulations took a small but significant step forward Wednesday night after a vote held by a lesser-known body. The Planning and Zoning and Platting commissions’ Codes and Ordinances Joint Committee recommended the initiation of changes…

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Thursday, January 19, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Developer, city arborist agree on heritage tree removal

In a rare exception to the city’s 95 percent preservation rate for heritage trees, the Planning Commission approved staff’s recommendation of a variance during its Jan. 10 meeting that would permit applicant Stantec Inc. to remove two heritage trees in…

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Unadopted South Lamar Corridor Plan influences Planning Commission appeal

A subpar neighborhood traffic analysis did not stop the Planning Commission from granting an appeal for a 60,000-square-foot mixed-use project at 2010 South Lamar Blvd. during its Jan. 10 meeting. Due to the site plan not meeting city code with…

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Friday, January 13, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Specter of CodeNEXT informs vertical mixed-use cases at Planning Commission

In two separate cases on Tuesday, the Planning Commission approved vertical mixed-use zoning on Congress Avenue. The majority of the commissioners continue to see VMU zoning as a way to increase density along or near core transit corridors in line…

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Friday, January 13, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Developer proposes twin PIDs for single development

The man behind Travis County’s first official public improvement district is back for more, this time with a proposal that ratchets up the complexity of an already intricate process. Last Tuesday, Pete Dwyer of Dwyer Realty Companies presented to the…

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