The Region

Friday, January 10, 2014 by Mark Richardson

Eckhardt criticizes McCombs for seeking tax breaks, suing appraisal district

Travis County Judge candidate Sarah Eckhardt continued her verbal campaign against billionaire businessman Red McCombs Thursday, taking him to task for asking taxpayers to contribute millions of dollars to build the Circuit of the Americas race track but going to…

Friday, January 10, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

ZAP denies fill variance for property in city’s northwest ETJ

The Zoning and Platting Commission, following the Environmental Board‘s lead and staff’s counsel, denied a variance Tuesday for a north Austin property that has been in violation of city regulations for years.   The site, at 15101 Debba Drive, is…

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 by Jimmy Maas

County, promoter at impasse over background checks at gun show

Travis County Commissioners and the promoter of the Saxet Gun Shows reached an impasse Tuesday over a contract provision that would require the promoter to perform background checks on all gun sales. Negotiations for a year’s lease to hold eight…

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 by Mark Richardson

Commissioners still pondering prevailing wage questions

Travis County Commissioners found themselves in the middle of tug-of-war Tuesday over proposed policy changes to the county’s Economic Development and Construction Procurement Practices. The issue of the county requiring a prevailing wage of $11 per hour for all construction…

Monday, December 16, 2013 by Chris Thomas

Council postpones hearing, vote on Holly Shores Park to Jan. 30

City Council members postponed a planned public hearing and vote last Thursday on the redevelopment of Festival Beach on Lady Bird Lake into the Holly Shores/Edward Rendon Sr. Park at Festival Beach.   The hearing and vote were postponed until…

Friday, December 13, 2013 by Michael Kanin

City buys Hays County land to block development over aquifer

Austin City Council members Thursday unanimously approved the $18 million acquisition of land in Hays County that might otherwise have been developed as the Jeremiah Ventures project. With the move, Council members eliminated a long-running fight over grandfathering rules, environmental…

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