Tag Archives: Austin City Council

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 by Jo Clifton

Council argues over adopting zoning map

City Council still has at least two more work sessions and a public hearing in which to understand and hash out differences of opinion about the new Land Development Code before Dec. 9, the first of three readings to adopt…

Monday, November 18, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

Council approves amendments to city code and new floodplain maps

City Council has unanimously approved amendments to the city code redefining what constitutes the 25-year and 100-year floodplains in Austin. The changes also amend floodplain regulations and expand staff’s ability to approve residential redevelopment within the expanded floodplains.The proposed code…

Monday, November 18, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

West Campus overlay grows without Planning Commission expansion

The 2004 University Neighborhood Overlay district has made West Campus a strong contender for the most urban neighborhood in the city. City Council passed an amendment to the district Thursday that will help generate even more growth, but some of…

Friday, November 15, 2019 by Andrew Weber

Austin OKs plan to buy and retrofit a motel to house homeless

The Austin City Council unanimously passed an $8 million plan to buy and repurpose the Rodeway Inn in South Austin to house people transitioning out of homelessness.The motel could house at least 87 people.Billed as a more proactive approach to…

Friday, November 15, 2019 by Jo Clifton

New worries arise over tax increment financing

Council members approved a resolution Thursday directing the city manager to bring them a plan for financing two Capital Metro Red Line rail stations in north Austin, one at McKalla Place and one at the new Broadmoor development. However, several…

Thursday, November 14, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Council debates the potential impact of large-scale rezoning on property taxes

Some of City Council’s internal conflict over the Land Development Code may be tied to different understandings of how zoning and development affect residential property taxes.The code rewrite lead team told Council on Tuesday that many residents are worried zoning…

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 by Andrew Weber

Austin abandons South Austin shelter as it prepares to buy hotels to house the homeless

Austin is no longer pursuing a 100-bed shelter in South Austin and could opt instead to provide housing in motels for homeless Austinites.The move comes after a suggestion from the Ending Community Homelessness Coalition, the nonprofit that coordinates Austin and Travis…

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

Council to consider park priorities, long-range plan

City Council will consider adoption of the Austin Parks and Recreation Long-Range Plan on Thursday, though not all Council members are sure the plan’s top priorities jibe with the city’s vision for housing, walkability and equity.If adopted, the plan will…

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 by Jo Clifton

Campaign contribution limits going up

While candidates for state and federal offices have been gearing up to run in the March 2020 primary, likely City Council candidates have also been considering whether to run in next November’s election. In fact, candidates for Council have been…

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 by Audrey McGlinchy

Austin City Council will start voting on a new land code in December. Here are five terms to know.

The city of Austin has spent almost eight years and roughly $11 million rewriting its land use code, the set of rules dictating what you can build in the city and where you can build it.Much of the code can…

Friday, November 8, 2019 by Andrew Weber

Gov. Abbott says he’ll use five acres of state-owned land to temporarily house homeless Austinites

Gov. Greg Abbott’s office said the state will use five acres of state land at U.S. Highway 183 and Montopolis Drive as a temporary campsite for homeless Austinites. The site would serve as a stopgap until a privately backed effort…

Monday, November 4, 2019 by Jo Clifton

Council OKs tax credits for affordable housing

Council gave its blessing Thursday to an application for low-income housing tax credits issued through the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, for the redevelopment of a 62-unit affordable housing project to be known as the Oaks on North…

Friday, November 1, 2019 by Jimmy Maas

Austin and Travis County voters will decide the future of hotel tax revenue: Here’s what that means

Expansion of the Austin Convention Center and the Travis County Expo Center could be on the line with two local ballot propositions this November. At the center of those two propositions is tax revenue from hotel stays – and how…

Thursday, October 31, 2019 by Ryan Thornton

City Council and Capital Metro talk Project Connect capacity and ridership projections

The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority has put together some potential outcomes for a public transit overhaul in the coming decade based on months of technical analysis, but regional and city leaders aren’t sure what to think with so many decisions…

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 by Andrew Weber

Abbott says TxDOT will start cleaning up homeless camps under highways in Austin starting Monday

Gov. Greg Abbott’s office says it’s forging ahead with cleanups of homeless encampments under overpasses in Austin.Ahead of a Nov. 1 deadline for state intervention, Abbott’s spokesperson John Wittman confirmed that the Texas Department of Transportation will clear underpasses of…

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 by Andrew Weber

As Austin rolls out its revised camping and resting bans, the future is uncertain

Everitt Walls is a company man.The 73-year-old veteran served in the Army in Vietnam. He follows rules and he follows chain of command. He also shares a camp across the street from the Austin Resource Center for the Homeless (ARCH)…

Monday, October 28, 2019 by Audrey McGlinchy

Can you protest changes to your property under the land code rewrite? City says no.

City of Austin lawyers are refuting the claims of an Austin nonprofit that has been campaigning for property owners to protest the possible rezoning of their land under the city’s land use code rewrite.“City officials plan to rezone your home…

Monday, October 28, 2019 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: ‘Not like this city does’

One step over the line… The Planning Commission held a rare weekend hearing Saturday to listen to public input on the latest iteration of the Land Development Code. While the expected clashes took place during the hearing, for which more…

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 by Jo Clifton

Cooper Lane condo zoning wins initial approval

After a long and contentious day dealing with questions of where the homeless may sit or lie down, and following the final vote on an equally contentious rezoning of property on East Riverside Dr., last Thursday Council  gave first round…

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 by Jo Clifton

Blythe starts PAC to unseat City Council

Sharon Blythe, best known around City Hall for her activism related to cemeteries, is hoping to unseat every member of City Council not currently slated to be on the ballot in November 2020.Blythe filed a document appointing herself treasurer of…

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