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Tag Archives: City Legal

Monday, April 23, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Changes ahead for Planning Commission?

At this week’s meeting, City Council is scheduled to consider changes to how members of the city’s Planning Commission are selected. The city attorney’s office has offered two alternative approaches – one of which could have a radical impact on…

Friday, November 3, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Council flees posted meeting place for interviews

City Council continued to try to hide the names of candidates for city manager on Thursday, taking the unusual and possibly illegal step of leaving the location advertised for its executive session with the candidates and meeting in a place…

Thursday, December 1, 2016 by Joseph Caterine

City attorney presence could be scaled down at land-use commission meetings

The city’s land-use commissions may lose their on-call legal counsel, according to Mitzi Cotton, assistant division chief at the Law Department, who presented at the Nov. 29 joint meeting of the Planning Commission and the Zoning and Platting Commission.After the…

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 by Syeda Hasan

Legal battle over Shoal Creek PUD intensifies

A few months ago, residents of Austin’s Shoal Creek neighborhood sued to stop a massive new development from going up. Now that legal battle is getting more complicated.Twenty homeowners filed a lawsuit in district court in April over a proposed…

Monday, November 9, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Update: City loses appraisal district lawsuit

Update: Moday, Nov. 9After Judge Tim Sulak’s ruling dismissing the city of Austin’s lawsuit on Friday, several parties weighed in.Mayor Steve Adler said, “We need a court to rule on the fairness of the property tax system. The court’s decision…

Thursday, August 20, 2015 by Jo Clifton

TCAD appraisal letter worries some citizens

Retired U.S. Air Force Technical Sgt. Henry Boothe was surprised and worried when he received a letter from the Travis Central Appraisal District in early August informing him that the city of Austin had filed an appeal of TCAD’s commercial…

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

New BoA soldiers on, despite concern

With two member appointments outstanding, the new Board of Adjustment held its first meeting Monday, despite the concerns of a former board member.Assistant City Attorney Brent Lloyd said that, as a rule, in cases that require a majority of votes…

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Commission drops secrecy, shares legal opinion

After some deliberation, the Planning Commission has released the legal interpretation that clarifies how much discretion it must deny subdivisions that include required connections to streets, if the commission disagrees with the connections.The city’s legal opinion, according to a memo…

Thursday, February 12, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Commission powers remain unclear, residents remain agitated

On Tuesday, Planning Commissioners opted to postpone an item that should clarify whether they have the ability to approve a subdivision without requiring connectivity. But the sea of bright yellow t-shirts at the meeting made it clear that the issue…

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