Tag Archives: Austin City Council

Monday, January 6, 2014 by Jo Clifton

Austin’s continuing success biggest story for Leffingwell

Mayor Lee Leffingwell likes to point out that Austin, by most measures, has an extremely successful economy, gets high marks for job creation and has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation—4.7 percent, according to numbers released late…

Monday, December 16, 2013 by Elizabeth Pagano

Council approves metered parking plan at Butler Shores park

After a City Council vote last week, plans to meter parking at the Butler Shores Ball Field parking lot in South Austin are moving forward.   Council approved the plan in a 6-1 vote, with Council Member Kathie Tovo voting…

Monday, December 16, 2013 by Chris Thomas

Council postpones hearing, vote on Holly Shores Park to Jan. 30

City Council members postponed a planned public hearing and vote last Thursday on the redevelopment of Festival Beach on Lady Bird Lake into the Holly Shores/Edward Rendon Sr. Park at Festival Beach.   The hearing and vote were postponed until…

Friday, December 13, 2013 by Elizabeth Pagano

Council moves ahead on plans to overhaul Auditorium Shores

Despite talk of postponing their decision in the face of public scrutiny, City Council members moved forward with plans to rehabilitate Auditorium Shores Thursday night.   “Delays into January, when work is supposed to start this month, it triggers a…

Friday, December 13, 2013 by Jimmy Maas

Council endorses Lone Star Rail but hangs on to the money

Lone Star Rail will move forward with the backing of the Austin City Council, though not with any of the city’s money just yet.   In a 6-1 vote, the City Council authorized the city’s participation in the Lone Star…

Friday, December 13, 2013 by Michael Kanin

Council endorses Highland Mall-East Riverside Urban Rail route

Austin City Council members Thursday night endorsed a plan by transportation officials to pursue an urban rail line that extends south from the Highland Mall region, through the city center, and east out East Riverside Drive. The move begins a…

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 by Michael Kanin

Mayor nominates police intelligence agency for free Google Fiber

A pitch from Mayor Lee Leffingwell to include the Austin Regional Intelligence Center, or ARIC, on a list of sites that will receive free access to Google’s new ultra-high speed Internet service met with some amount of skepticism from his…

Thursday, December 5, 2013 by Michael Kanin

Council to hash out Austin Energy issues in committee meeting

With Council Member Kathie Tovo pushing hard to gain approval of an ordinance that would offer more leeway for Austin Energy ratepayers in deep arrears on their bills, utility officials remained leery of the plan. It will all be hashed…

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 by Michael Kanin

Council members question staff over code enforcement issues

Members of the Council’s Health and Human Services Committee Tuesday questioned city staff over their ongoing efforts to revamp code compliance. Code enforcement has been in the spotlight since a balcony collapse at the Woodridge Apartments set off a wave…

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 by Elizabeth Pagano

Council denies zoning change for Bluff Springs convenience store

With negotiations in shambles, there will be no zoning change for construction of the Bluff Springs Food Mart in the near future.   The owner of the proposed convenience store was seeking the zoning change in order to remove a…

Monday, November 25, 2013 by Michael Kanin

Major changes possible with shift to system of 10-1 Council districts

This article was co-produced with KUT News’ Joy Diaz as part of an ongoing City of Austin reporting partnership between In Fact Daily and KUT. Listen to KUT News Monday morning for an in-depth examination of how the interaction described…

Friday, November 22, 2013 by Jimmy Maas

City Council rejects attempt to establish ‘Healthy Food Zones’

The City of Austin will not be establishing Healthy Food Zones any time soon. And, for now, the city won’t be looking into whether Austin even needs them.   A resolution sponsored mainly by Council Member Laura Morrison would have…

Friday, November 22, 2013 by Michael Kanin

Council starts process aimed at putting limits on ‘stealth dorms’

Austin City Council members Thursday unanimously approved a measure that kicks off changes to the occupancy limits for Austin residences. When completed, the move could drop the allowed number of unrelated adults living in one place from the current limitation…

Friday, November 22, 2013 by Elizabeth Pagano

After long debate, Council OKs changes to Urban Farm Ordinance

After hours of discussion, the City Council approved changes to the Urban Farm Ordinance Thursday night, giving East Austin neighborhoods a victory in the battle to stop or prevent slaughtering of fowl and rabbits in single-family neighborhoods—the most important of…

Thursday, November 21, 2013 by Michael Kanin

Urban Farm stakeholders try to cut deal on chicken slaughtering

With Council members set to vote on an ordinance that would memorialize city policy in regard to urban farms, at least two stakeholders were pitching a compromise over the hotly contested issue Wednesday afternoon. It remained unclear, however, whether their…

Thursday, November 21, 2013 by Michael Kanin

Tovo now pushing for three rental registration programs for city

Council Member Kathie Tovo continued Tuesday to try to persuade her colleagues to approve what are now three separate additional rental registration programs for areas that have been deemed to host problematic rental properties.   Those regions include the North…

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 by Michael Kanin

Developers take concerns over Vested Rights Ordinance to Council

Key players in Austin’s development community brought their concerns about the potential outcome of an upcoming Austin City Council vote on a new Vested Rights Ordinance to Tuesday’s Council work session. There, they expressed concerns that fundamental portions of the…

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 by Elizabeth Pagano

City studies occupancy limits as latest way to curb stealth dorms

Once again, the city is attempting to tackle stealth dorms. This time they are looking toward a reduction in occupancy rates as one tool to fix the problem.   The proposed code amendment would reduce the maximum number of unrelated…

Thursday, November 14, 2013 by Michael Kanin

Council panel reveals early list of Google Connections finalists

Members of the Council’s Emerging Technology and Telecommunications Committee Wednesday offered a preliminary list of finalists for the Google Community Connections program. If eventually approved by the full Council — and OK’d by Google – those entities that remain on…

Friday, November 8, 2013 by Elizabeth Pagano

City Council keeps it brief so staff can continue flood relief

The Austin City Council cut Thursday’s meeting short in order to allow city employees to continue with flood relief duties in the city, but they spent enough time on the dais to pass two significant measures for those affected by…

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