Tag Archives: Austin City Council

Friday, February 24, 2017 by Jo Clifton

New campaign finance rules in the works

Two City Council members, Ellen Troxclair and Jimmy Flannigan, are collecting campaign funds in anticipation of re-election campaigns that seem far in the future. Troxclair is likely to run for re-election in November 2018 for her District 8 seat, but…

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Thursday, February 23, 2017 by Jack Craver

Council still puzzled about CodeNEXT

Most City Council members still don’t know what to make of the first draft of CodeNEXT, the long-anticipated overhaul of the city’s zoning code that was first unveiled late last month. On Wednesday, the consultants hired to craft the draft…

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017 by Jack Craver

Council denies controversial waste disposal contract

City Council voted unanimously last week to kill a garbage collection contract after outcries from both environmentalists and waste hauling companies that claimed they would be hurt by the proposed deal between the city and Republic Services, a Phoenix-based waste…

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017 by Jack Craver

Confusion and frustration continue over Council committees

City Council appears united in the belief that its committee system must change, but debate on Thursday about who will serve on what committee shows that Council members have still not reached a consensus on what exactly the new system…

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Dead, alive and in-between

Dead zoning… There was a lot of debate on Thursday over whether Capitol View Corridors should be extended to the east of the city. And there was even more debate over whether those east-projecting radii should project over the Brackenridge…

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Friday, February 17, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Plaza Saltillo advances amid accusations of broken promises

After years in the making, the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Plaza Saltillo is only one vote away from its ultimate fate. City Council on Thursday night gave second-reading approval to the zoning change that will clear the way for the…

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Thursday, February 16, 2017 by Audrey McGlinchy

Capitol view corridors to compete at Council today

Stand atop the hill at the northeast corner of the Texas State Cemetery, and you’ll have a clear view of the Texas State Capitol. It rises alongside a row of trees, now leafless, and a Texas flag. That view, some…

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Thursday, February 16, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

ZWAC rejects Republic contract renewal again

In a bit of bureaucratic acrobatics during its Feb. 8 meeting, the Zero Waste Advisory Commission voted to rescind a November recommendation against the proposed renewal of the Republic Services solid waste collection services contract for city facilities, so that…

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Thursday, February 16, 2017 by Kara Nuzback

Survey says: Austinites dissatisfied with traffic, happy with most else

New survey findings show Austin residents are generally happier with city services such as fire, police, library, and parks and recreation than residents of similarly populated cities. But Austin falls behind the national average of satisfaction in an unsurprising category:…

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Poll shows progress at Development Services

When Rodney Gonzales took over the Development Services Department in April 2015, the Zucker Report had reported customer survey results showing that 82 percent of respondents felt that the city’s development review and plan check processes were unnecessarily cumbersome or…

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Middle-class job growth to be focus of Austin’s economic incentives revision

The city appears set to reform its economic incentives policies so they focus squarely on middle-class jobs that economists and local politicos worry aren’t growing fast enough. Last week, Mayor Steve Adler posted a draft resolution created with City Council…

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Monday, February 13, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: ICE, ghosts and trees

ICE in Austin… Over the weekend, protests dominated the local news as Austinites grappled with how to react to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids that began on Thursday. Meanwhile, public officials and agencies worked to come up with their…

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Friday, February 10, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Tension surrounds Council rules changes

There were some tense moments Thursday as City Council worked through the ramifications of two innocuous-sounding items on its agenda about Council procedures. Two years ago, when everyone on the dais was new to city government except Mayor Pro Tem…

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Friday, February 10, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Plaza Saltillo moves forward, shorter for now

City Council gave provisional approval to the long-gestating Plaza Saltillo project on Thursday evening, but in a form dramatically different from what the developer proposed. As he signaled he would during a work session on Tuesday, Council Member Pio Renteria…

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Friday, February 10, 2017 by Jack Craver

Council selects search firm to find new city manager

City Council settled on a firm to conduct the search for a new city manager Thursday following a convoluted and unusual process in which each Council member ranked the three firms competing for the contract. Council ultimately voted 7-4 to…

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Thursday, February 9, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Council weighs supporting affordable housing development in North Austin

Today, City Council is set to consider throwing its support behind nine affordable housing projects, all vying for competitive state tax credits that could help fund the developments. But some residents who live near one of these proposed projects in…

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017 by Jack Craver

What will Trump mean for Austin?

In addition to bracing for a flurry of laws proposed at the state legislature aimed at constraining the power of local governments, City Council is looking ahead at the first year in a decade in which its majority is at…

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Plan for new city facility faces questions

City Council members Ann Kitchen and Alison Alter along with Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo expressed skepticism at Tuesday’s work session about a staff plan to move the Development Services Department, the Planning and Zoning Department and some staff from…

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017 by Kara Nuzback

Council hears funding options for new convention center

Faced with concerns that the city is losing revenue because the Austin Convention Center is too small, City Council heard proposals for convention center expansions that ranged from $400 million to $600 million projects at its work session Tuesday. Carla…

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Monday, February 6, 2017 by Cate Malek

Elysium Park gets initial Council approval, despite neighborhood opposition

For those wondering why building affordable housing in Austin is going so slowly, the Elysium Park development has been a case study of many of the tensions City Council is facing in its attempts to keep low-income people from fleeing…

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