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Monday, January 13, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Zoning and Planning Commission OKs water treatment plant variances

A proposed water treatment plant for Travis County Water Control and Improvement District 17 continues to clear city hurdles, despite staff’s concerns.   This past Tuesday, the Zoning and Platting Commission voted to approve variances that will allow increased impervious…

Thursday, January 9, 2014 by Bill McCann

Memo cites major legal hurdles for city to get out of coal plant

The City of Austin faces formidable legal hurdles and potentially significant costs if the City Council decides to sell or shut down the city’s share of the coal-fired Fayette Power Project, according to a new city Law Department memo.  …

Tuesday, January 7, 2014 by Jo Clifton

Morrison calls Austin Energy governance debate top 2013 issue

Though, in her estimation, it “wasn’t so much an event as it was a long, drawn out conversation,” Council Member Laura Morrison puts the Austin Energy governance discussions toward the top of her list of major 2013 events.   She…

Monday, January 6, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Looking back at 2013

No doubt one of the most significant events over the past year was the drawing of Austin’s first geographically-based single-member City Council districts. In November 2012, Austin voters approved a charter amendment to create 10 single-member districts in the city.…

Monday, January 6, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Environmental Board worries about subdivision above Barton Springs

The Environmental Board has taken the unusual step of weighing in on a case not formally before them, letting the city know exactly what its members think about a subdivision planned to sit on Little Zilker Creek. The board, though…

Thursday, December 19, 2013 by Bill McCann

EUC rejects bid to join battle over reduced value of solar rate

While solar advocates continue to be upset over Austin Energy’s decision to reduce a rate used to compensate residential customers for the value of electricity generated by their solar units, the Electric Utility Commission has decided against joining the fight.…

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