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Tuesday, February 25, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

Environmental Commission recommends revising green building standards

Green buildings are intended to be superior constructions built with environmentally sustainable materials and design. While not required, the city encourages this type of construction on a voluntary basis through Austin Energy’s Green Building Program, which rewards builders for green…

Monday, February 24, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

Seeking increased safety, Downtown Commission asks city to fully staff APD

The Downtown Commission has asked City Council to increase staffing levels for the Austin Police Department in the next budget year, while adding more public video cameras and lighting to busy pedestrian areas.The unanimously approved resolution came at last week’s…

Monday, February 24, 2020 by Ryan Thornton

Land use code to protect transit-oriented trees and increase canopy cover

A recent amendment to the draft Land Development Code could change how heritage tree preservation impacts new development on corridors.Council Member Paige Ellis offered a concept last week, the Supplemental Heritage Tree Preservation Program, that she said would help keep…

Monday, February 24, 2020 by Jessi Devenyns

ZAP recommends less density than staff does for South Austin site

At its Feb. 18 meeting, the Zoning and Platting Commission debated how much density is too much for the lot at 6917 Colton Bluff Springs Road.Although the land is intended for a single project, the 23-acre site is divided into…

Monday, February 24, 2020 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Unmusical chairs

Who’s not running for Watson’s seat..? Possible candidates for the Austin/Bastrop-area Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Kirk Watson are dropping like flies. Three state representatives – Donna Howard, Gina Hinojosa and Celia Israel – have all announced that they…

Friday, February 21, 2020 by Chad Swiatecki

Eckhardt talks revenue caps, Palm School negotiation in State of the County address

At several turns during her State of the County address Thursday, Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt reminded listeners that in many respects, the county operates as an extension of Texas’ state government. The pluses and minuses of that framework, she…

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