Planning

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Environmental Commission recommends a variance for 19 feet of fill

A developer building a commercial storage facility project requiring a variance for 19.5 feet of fill to construct a driveway on slopes steeper than a 15 percent grade received a unanimous recommendation from the Environmental Commission at its Feb. 5…

Friday, February 14, 2020 by Jo Clifton

Council OKs Lake Travis floodplain variance

Council easily approved a floodplain variance for a homeowner on Lake Travis last week, after hearing staffers’ sympathetic description of problems the homeowner was facing and the need for the variance.Kevin Shunk, division manager for watershed engineering in the Watershed…

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Republic Square Salt & Time sign takes more time

Republic Square is one of the original squares in the city of Austin, but it has long been an underutilized spot in the city center. In an effort to activate the space, the city has worked for the past few…

Monday, February 3, 2020 by Jo Clifton

Audit finds tax increment financing works

According to a report from the Office of the City Auditor, the city has successfully used tax increment financing to attract development to places that otherwise might not have seen new infrastructure, such as Austin’s old airport, now the Mueller…

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

Area leaders hear of economic, community benefits forecast for innovation district

A market analysis of the burgeoning health care innovation district in the northeastern section of downtown forecasts the cluster of businesses could eventually increase property values by an additional $102 million over standard development, and bring the city an estimated…

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

A heated ZAP tackles displacement

Nearly two years to the day citizens debuted the People‚Äôs Plan on Martin Luther King Day 2018, the topic of displacement mitigation came before the Zoning and Platting Commission for an update.On Jan. 21, commissioners listened to a report on…

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