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Tag Archives: Austin City Council

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Council endorsement dances have begun

Political season has truly begun, with groups large and small hosting candidate forums and making endorsements.Last Friday, enough supporters of both incumbent District 3 Council Member Pio Renteria and his sister, Susana Almanza, came out to vote at the Austin…

Thursday, September 6, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Council members talk about the budget

As City Council begins its final work session on the budget this morning in preparation for next week’s budget setting meetings, the Austin Monitor asked Council members to tell us the most important aspects of the Fiscal Year 2018-19 budget.Both…

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Powell Lane apartments win first-round OK

City Council last week unanimously approved on first reading a zoning change for 8 acres in North Central Austin with just a few questions and little discussion. The developer’s representative, Alice Glasco, said the magic words – affordable housing –…

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Despite owners’ wishes, historic zoning advances

Staff won a preliminary victory in its quest to zone a 1923 West Austin house historic against the owners’ wishes last week. The City Council vote was 6-3, but with two members off the dais and not voting, the final…

Friday, August 31, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Council approves plan to revamp incentives, with small businesses in mind

City Council voted Thursday to approve the framework for a restructuring of the city’s economic incentives programs, with the goal of increasing small business growth and improving job opportunities for lower-wage and middle-skill workers.The 9-1 vote saw Council Member Ellen…

Friday, August 31, 2018 by Jack Craver

Council reluctantly approves Fred McGhee to commission

City Council on Thursday voted to approve the appointment of local activist Fred McGhee to the Community Development Commission but also condemned McGhee for sexually charged comments he made to a city staffer as a member of the commission last…

Friday, August 31, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Council OKs Smoot Terrace Park Historic District

Council gave final approval Thursday to creation of the Smoot Terrace Park Historic District just west of downtown, after neighbors decided to eliminate three properties owned by people who signed a valid petition opposing the historic district.That meant Council could…

Thursday, August 30, 2018 by Mose Buchele

Council will try a new tactic to rid Austin of plastic bags. Asking nicely.

City Council is taking up a resolution Thursday encouraging local stores to keep honoring the city’s “bag ban.” It’s the latest response to a state Supreme Court ruling this year that found Texas cities and towns could not enforce regulations…

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 by Jack Craver

Council considers which strings to attach to corporate incentives

After postponing action earlier this month, on Thursday City Council will again consider establishing new rules regarding economic incentives for businesses. Council members plan on considering a number of amendments to the proposal aimed at ensuring that public dollars are…

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 by Audrey McGlinchy

Texas Supreme Court denies challenges to two ballot items for Austin voters this fall

The Texas Supreme Court has denied petitions from two Austin residents asking that the city rewrite a pair of November ballot measures.Attorney Bill Aleshire filed challenges earlier this month with the court over the wording of a citizen-initiated petition that…

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 by Jack Craver

Council to consider changes to Community Development Commission

The city of Austin may be dealing with yet another headache over who gets to sit on a city commission and who should or can be removed.The Community Development Commission is responsible for overseeing the implementation of projects funded by…

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Council rejects campgrounds with bar

On a vote of 6-5 last Thursday, City Council rejected a zoning change that would have allowed a developer to put a campground with rental recreational vehicles as well as a bar at the end of a narrow lane in…

Monday, August 27, 2018 by Jack Craver

Shoal Creek plan includes wins, losses for density advocates

On Thursday, City Council unanimously approved the North Shoal Creek Neighborhood Plan, a document that outlines how the neighborhood, which is bound by MoPac Expressway, U.S. Highway 183, Burnet Road and Anderson Lane, will accommodate future population growth.The plan does…

Monday, August 27, 2018 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Payback

Adler strikes back… Mayor Steve Adler returned fire at Travis County Thursday over commissioners’ threat to challenge Austin’s authority to allow McKalla Place to be tax exempt after Precourt Sports Ventures takes over the 24-acre parcel to build a soccer…

Friday, August 24, 2018 by Jack Craver

Affordable housing crisis: To conserve or to create?

As Austin struggles with an ongoing shortage of affordable housing, some housing activists and elected officials believe the city’s top priority should be creating new housing, both by allowing the market to build new units that target various income levels…

Friday, August 24, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Troxclair brief opposes city’s ballot language

Writing on city of Austin stationery, City Council Member Ellen Troxclair has filed an amicus brief with the Texas Supreme Court in support of a writ of mandamus seeking to overturn the ballot language Council proposes for a proposition requiring…

Thursday, August 23, 2018 by Jack Craver

How can Austin incentivize affordable housing?

Members of City Council believe it’s time for a change to the city’s density bonus programs.Currently, Austin has 13 “development incentive programs” that offer developers additional building entitlements if they provide a certain amount of housing that is affordable to…

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 by Audrey McGlinchy

The Austin city clerk is no longer challenging Lewis Conway Jr.’s City Council bid

The Austin city clerk has reversed her decision to challenge Lewis Conway Jr.’s candidacy for Austin City Council.Conway, a candidate for District 1, has a felony record, and City Clerk Jannette Goodall requested clarification on his eligibility to run for…

Tuesday, August 21, 2018 by Jo Clifton

City, EMS negotiators reach tentative deal

Labor negotiators for the Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services Employee Association and the city of Austin have reached a tentative agreement. Council is scheduled to discuss the proposal today in executive session.Union President Tony Marquardt said union members have been…

Monday, August 20, 2018 by Jo Clifton

City facing two suits over ballot wording

On Friday afternoon, attorney Bill Aleshire filed suit on behalf of a voter against the city of Austin over language City Council adopted to describe the proposition on the November ballot related to CodeNEXT or any other rewrite of the…

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