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Tag Archives: Affordability

Thursday, April 20, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Traffic, affordability plague Austin in latest Zandan Poll

Traffic and transit woes continue to be the bane of most Austinites’ existence, but the latest edition of a long-running community survey suggests those frustrations are easing, at least a little bit.The newest Zandan Poll – started 30 years ago…

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Auditor’s report: Affordability data incomplete

According to a special report from the Office of the City Auditor, information about city programs and initiatives that affect affordability for Austinites is inconsistent, may be unreliable or incomplete and may not be readily accessible.In addition, auditors found that…

Thursday, January 12, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Has Austin’s booming population finally peaked?

For years, we’ve been hearing about how Austin is one of the fastest-growing cities in the country. Thousands of people move here each year, but recent reports show that some of the factors that draw people to the city –…

Thursday, October 13, 2016 by Chad Swiatecki

With 100,000 potential voters, Austin tech groups flex political muscle

Imagine 100,000 dormant, unengaged voters just waiting to be drawn into the Austin political scene.That’s the potential that a pair of local technology groups see in the Austin tech community, which they hope to get involved in the local and…

Thursday, June 30, 2016 by Audrey McGlinchy

By slim margin, Council approves an 8 percent homestead exemption

In a vote that pitted representatives of the city’s lowest-income districts against their colleagues, City Council members Wednesday narrowly approved an 8 percent homestead exemption — an increase of 2 percent over last year’s exemption. To a resident with a…

Thursday, March 17, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

SXSW panel spotlights urban housing

Austin is no snowflake when it comes to issues of housing, affordability and density. Cities across the United States grapple with similar challenges even if they don’t have the robust economy that is driving growth here in Central Texas.Last Friday,…

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

Council moves toward closing small-lot loophole

When the small-lot amnesty tool was adopted by the city, no one envisioned that it would lead to houses that spanned two small lots being demolished in order to build more new homes. But that is what’s happening today. And,…

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

RECA calls for more housing; Austin reacts

Last week, the Real Estate Council of Austin released a paper calling for a fix to Austin’s affordable housing problem. As a solution, the group called for 100,000 new housing units in the city by 2025.The paper, which is filled…

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 by Tyler Whitson

Consultant outlines affordable housing study data

Affordable housing advocates and residents gathered at City Hall on Monday to weigh in on the findings and recommendations of a July report that outlines Austin’s affordable housing needs and fair choice impediments.According to the 2014 Comprehensive Housing Market Study,…

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 by Kara Nuzback

Austin Interfaith grills mayoral candidates on affordability

Only three of the eight candidates in the running for mayor participated in a question-and-answer session hosted by Austin Interfaith on Tuesday. And rather than give candidates a forum to lay out their individual platforms, Austin Interfaith directed four specific…

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 by Kara Nuzback

East Austin candidates pack stage at North Door

Candidates went head-to-head in the race to represent East Austin voters in District 3 at the latest in a series of community forums hosted by the Austin Monitor and KUT News.All of the district’s 12 candidates attended Monday’s question and…

Thursday, July 10, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Study shows Austin housing market still growing at record levels

A housing study that the City of Austin is required to perform every five years is providing City Council members more confirmation that the city’s housing market is continuing to change at a breakneck pace. The five-year planning mandate is…

Friday, June 6, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Demographer says city’s rapid growth a complex statistical issue

Austin’s growth has received a lot of attention over the past few years. The pace of that growth certainly warrants attention – but are we seeing it clearly? The Austin Monitor sat down with City Demographer Ryan Robinson to try…

Thursday, May 22, 2014 by Kara Nuzback

Residents say population surge is pricing Austinites out of their homes

A number of Austin homeowners aired their frustrations with rising residential tax appraisals at a community forum Tuesday. The forum was hosted by the Brentwood Neighborhood Association, the First Universalist Social Action Committee and Brigid Shea, the Democratic nominee for…

Thursday, March 27, 2014 by Michael Kanin

Morrison resolution seeks to preserve ability to get New Starts grant

Council Member Laura Morrison has crafted a resolution she hopes will help preserve affordability along a proposed new mass transit route and ensure that the city can secure federal money in the form of a Federal Transportation Agency New Starts…

Tuesday, January 7, 2014 by Jo Clifton

Tovo puts affordability issues at top of her 2013 list of successes

For Council Member Kathie Tovo, a lot of the successes in the past year have to do with affordability.   “I think we are hearing from the community that they are very overwhelmed by taxes and by other increases, and…

Monday, January 6, 2014 by Michael Kanin

Cole cites affordable housing bonds’ approval as major event of 2013

Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole lists a set of familiar responses as milestones for her 2013 Council year. And though she clearly sees the importance of such items as the start of the Land Development Code rewrite, wage floors, and…

Thursday, December 5, 2013 by Mark Richardson

Apartment occupancy rates, rental costs at all-time high

As Austin’s population continues to increase, occupancy rates and rents for apartments and the construction of new multifamily properties are at all-time high levels. And while that may be a financial boost for owners and landlords, City of Austin housing…

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 by Michael Kanin

Austin voters approve Affordable Housing bonds by wide margin

City of Austin voters handily approved $65 million in affordable housing bonds Tuesday. The vote recharges an Affordable Housing program left without a clear funding path after $70-million-plus ballot question failed at the polls in 2012.   At the end…

Monday, October 7, 2013 by Elizabeth Pagano

Council clarifies affordability calculations on PUD Ordinance

Moving with a swiftness seldom seen at City Hall, City Council members approved changes to the city’s Planned Unit Development Ordinance at last week’s meeting.   Council voted 5-2 to approve the new ordinance, with Council Members Kathie Tovo and…

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