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Tag Archives: Austin City Council

Thursday, July 19, 2018 by Jo Clifton

CM Houston helps neighbors of Ferguson Crossing

City Council gave final approval to a zoning change that will allow a new warehouse complex in far-Northeast Austin and approved a conditional overlay to accommodate neighbors who live just across the street from the property but outside the city.Council…

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Mayor’s race outraises all others

Mayor Steve Adler and his chief opponent, former Council Member Laura Morrison, by far outraised the candidates in all the other races, as shown by the campaign finance reports filed on Monday.Of course, the mayor’s race is traditionally the most…

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 by KUT News

Court orders Council to put CodeNEXT petition on the ballot

A district judge has ordered City Council to put a petition on the November ballot that, if passed, would require Land Development Code rewrites, such as CodeNEXT, to be approved by voters.The judge ruled that Council has a duty to put…

Friday, July 13, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Winnebago tract could blossom with Urban Roots agreement

The city is exploring a possible deal that would see the 9-acre East Austin parcel widely known as the Winnebago tract used as a site for urban farming, job training and possible collaboration with Austin’s arts community.Council approved a resolution…

Thursday, July 12, 2018 by Jack Craver

Campaign for city audit says it has enough signatures for referendum

Organizers of a petition to require an audit of city government announced Wednesday that they had gathered enough signatures to put the question before voters this November.A statement released by Citizens for an Accountable Austin, the group that has led…

Thursday, July 12, 2018 by Audrey McGlinchy

Texas usually fights Austin at the Capitol. Lately, the fight is in the courtroom.

The city of Austin has endured several legal jabs from the state in the past couple of months.Recently, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton stepped into a dispute over the makeup of the city’s Planning Commission. A week ago, the city…

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 by Jack Craver

Some areas of the city care a lot more about CodeNEXT

What do Austinites think about CodeNEXT? It’s hard to say.A poll conducted by the Austin Chamber of Commerce, which supports CodeNEXT, found 45 percent in favor, 36 percent opposed and 19 percent unsure.When City Council recently held two public hearings…

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 by Syeda Hasan

Here’s why Ken Paxton wants to kick members off Austin’s Planning Commission

A city statute that governs the makeup of Austin’s Planning Commission is at the center of a legal challenge from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office.Paxton is taking legal action to remove eight members of the 13-member commission, citing a…

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

City to help Cap Metro fund studies

City Council at its June 28 meeting voted to use money the city collected from the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority last decade to help pay for the transit agency’s ongoing Project Connect initiative.The move will reallocate $6 million from the…

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Council OKs Koenig flood plain variance

Despite a recommendation from the city’s flood plain engineers that they deny the variances, City Council members voted 6-4 at their last meeting to grant variances allowing construction of an apartment complex, partially within the 25-year flood plain and partially…

Friday, July 6, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Questions of timing, community benefits linger over stadium negotiations

With little more than a month before City Council is expected to formally consider an agreement to possibly provide city land for the construction of a professional soccer stadium, it seems one of the most important considerations is what constitutes…

Friday, July 6, 2018 by Syeda Hasan

Austin could seize old Montopolis school through eminent domain

After months of negotiation, City Council has opened the door to seizing the site of the old Montopolis Negro School in East Austin.Council approved a measure last week to pursue eminent domain proceedings after it was unable to agree on…

Thursday, July 5, 2018 by Jack Craver

Council votes to ‘test’ CodeNEXT

City Council has asked the city manager to convene a group of development and design experts who will “test” the new regulations proposed in CodeNEXT.The idea is to have a group of building professionals – architects, engineers, urban planners –…

Wednesday, July 4, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Paxton sues eight Planning commissioners

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Tuesday received approval from a Travis County district judge to move forward with a lawsuit seeking to remove eight of 13 members of Austin’s Planning Commission. Paxton did so at the urging of opponents…

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Possible changes to panhandling ordinance draw concern from business leaders

A possible revision of the city’s ordinance regulating panhandling is drawing concern from downtown business leaders who say the proposed changes would allow aggressive requests for money and could create safety issues in areas with heavy foot traffic.The amendments to…

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 by Jack Craver

CodeNEXT targets major obstacle to density: Compatibility standards

One of the major divisions over CodeNEXT was brought into sharp relief during a Wednesday City Council special called meeting. The issue: compatibility standards and transition zones.Currently, what one can build on a property is based not just on how…

Monday, July 2, 2018 by Jack Craver

Council moves forward on largest bond in Austin history

City Council took a crucial first step late Thursday toward presenting voters with the largest bond package in the city’s history.Just before 11 p.m., Council endorsed a $925 million general obligation bond that will include major pots of money for…

Monday, July 2, 2018 by Jack Craver

Council waives bidding rules for Austin Rowing Club

The Austin Rowing Club is going to get another chance.After hearing dozens of people testify in support of the club, City Council voted unanimously Thursday to give the nonprofit the go-ahead to negotiate a new contract to manage and operate…

Monday, July 2, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Reporter’s Notebook: Go Spurs go

What’s in the box… As City Council spends the next few weeks on vacation, let’s take a moment to reflect on the hardest-working body in local government, the Travis County Commissioners Court. Sure, the court took the first half of…

Friday, June 29, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Council OKs stadium negotiation and other proposals, with early August deadline

Austin will move forward with negotiations on a deal that could bring a Major League Soccer stadium to the McKalla Place property in North Austin, with an early August deadline to reach an agreement.City Council approved a pair of soccer-related…

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