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Tag Archives: City of Austin Environmental Commission

Monday, August 6, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Austin Water lays the path forward for the next 100 years of water conservation

There’s no denying it: The climate as we know it is changing, but access to water sources is not.Three years ago the second iteration of the Water Forward Task Force convened in an effort to draft a 100-year water supply…

Friday, August 3, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Environmental Commission votes against tram, arguing for safety

Everyone knows the saying, “If everyone jumped off a cliff, would you do it too?” Well, spoiler alert, the answer should be no.Although that was not exactly the question that the Environmental Commission asked at its Aug. 1 meeting, it…

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Critical water quality zone crossing approved for the second time

Sometimes for development projects, it’s the second time that’s the charm.Over a decade ago, developers of a 42-acre tract of land at 1322 W. Dittmar Road received a variance to construct a private drive across a critical water quality zone…

Friday, June 22, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Environmental Commission paves another path for Zilker parking

After members of the Environmental Commission postponed a vote on a proposed Zilker Park landscaping project to gain a deeper understanding of the environmental suitability, two weeks later the tone of their response was not much different from their initial…

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Watershed Protection budget accounts for approval of CodeNEXT

This year, as the Watershed Protection Department goes through its annual budgeting cycle, things are looking good.At the June 6 meeting of the Environmental Commission, Watershed Protection staff presented an overview of its upcoming projects and the related finances. According…

Monday, June 11, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Environmental Commission rejects Planning Commission CodeNEXT amendment

At their June 6 meeting, members of the Environmental Commission found themselves faced with an unusual question: “What if developers had the right to build up to 90 percent of their base impervious cover without having to abide by the…

Thursday, May 31, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Salamanders key as city considers improvements at Barton Springs

A variety of improvements totaling millions of dollars for the area around Barton Springs will move slowly forward in 2019 and 2020, with the protection of the endangered Barton Springs salamander as the primary consideration of city staff.At a combined…

Friday, May 25, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

South Central Waterfront’s environmental standards approved by Environmental Commission

After years of planning on paper, the South Central Waterfront Regulating Plan is finally one step closer to reality after the Environmental Commission recommended the associated environmental development standards to City Council.Along the shores of Lady Bird Lake, there is…

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Austin’s cave frontier gets slowly uncovered

Austin is home to a complex of underground aquifers that we know are filled by a system of underground caves. However, if we know that to be the case, why we don’t see caves everywhere?“Basically, because all of them were…

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Austin can now access a database dedicated to the effects of development on trees

The City Arborist Program has just released a new, interactive tool where everyone has access to all active tree permits at any given time online.Not all trees are being tracked on this dashboard. The city arborist only reviews and protects trees…

Monday, April 9, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Environmental Commission recommends CodeNEXT drainage regulations with review

How many complaints on an issue are sufficient to warrant a change in city code? This question cropped up continually at the April 4 meeting of the Environmental Commission as commissioners worked to pass a resolution regarding CodeNEXT drainage regulations.According…

Thursday, March 15, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Commissions weigh use of parkland for stadium

In the face of a lawsuit brought against it by the Ohio attorney general and the city of Columbus to prevent it from relocating to Austin, Precourt Sports Ventures, the owner of the Columbus Crew SC Major League Soccer team,…

Friday, March 2, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

CodeNEXT Draft 3 makes significant changes to water-quality and drainage regulations

After months of waiting, last month the third and final staff draft of CodeNEXT was released. After allowing adequate reading time, on Feb. 21, Matt Hollon, the manager of the Watershed Protection Department Planning Division, gave the Environmental Commission an…

Monday, February 26, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

FEMA grants Austin funding to help fix Guerrero Park

Eight months ago, Austin’s Watershed Protection Department optimistically declared that the washed-out bridge over what’s known as Country Club Creek West in Roy G. Guerrero Colorado River Park would be completed by 2020. Unfortunately, now the plan has been shifted back…

Friday, February 16, 2018 by Jack Craver

Council approves Champion tract deal

By a one-vote margin, City Council on Thursday gave its blessing to the controversial Champion development.Mayor Steve Adler, along with Council members Greg Casar, Pio Renteria, Delia Garza, Jimmy Flannigan and Ellen Troxclair, voted to approve an amendment to a…

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Environmental Commission rejects Champion tract amendments

After years of lawsuits related to the development of the Champion tract, proposed amendments to the original 1996 development agreement will go to City Council without the Environmental Commission’s blessing.“We are here to tell you what the best environmental thing…

Friday, January 19, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Environmental Commission weighs options, recommends boat dock variance

It is always difficult to plan a project. However, conventional wisdom suggests that when three construction options exist, you pick the path of least resistance and do not select the choice that requires you to seek a variance from City…

Thursday, January 18, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Environmental Commission recommends Hooters PUD

Unable to wait for the codification of the new South Central Waterfront Vision Framework Plan and its associated environmental standards, eager builders came to the Environmental Commission on Jan. 3 in pursuit of a planned unit development on the site…

Monday, January 15, 2018 by Jessi Devenyns

Environmental Commission recommends Watershed Department issue a middle-of-the-road bond in 2018

The beginning of 2018 marked the beginning of a bond election year. At the latest meeting of the Environmental Commission, the Watershed Protection Department presented plans to ask the public for help conserving Austin’s environment through the acquisition of green…

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Environmental Commission moves Onion Creek buyout plan forward

Over four years after the 2013 Halloween floods racked the Onion Creek neighborhoods, the Environmental Commission voted unanimously at its Dec. 6 meeting to approve staff’s recommendation to move forward with 128 buyouts of houses at immediate risk of flooding…

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