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Tag Archives: City of Austin Environmental Commission

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 by Jessi Devenyns

Environmental Commission OKs Holdsworth Center PUD

At its Oct. 4 meeting, the Environmental Commission weighed the benefits of allowing the Holdsworth Center planned unit development to go forward in lieu of adhering to the current zoning for single-family residents on a 44-acre swath of undeveloped agricultural land along…

Monday, October 9, 2017 by Jessi Devenyns

Environmental Commission briefed on water pollution program

No one, even commissioners, understands the ins and outs of every single city program. At its Sept. 20 meeting, the Environmental Commission took an opportunity to learn more about the Watershed Protection Department’s Spills and Complaints Response Program.Following the city-sanctioned…

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 by Jessi Devenyns

In a gesture of goodwill, the city wants to reward those who are reusing their stormwater

Most Austin residents are aware of the sometimes economically painful reality of fixed stormwater drainage charges adding up on their monthly bills. However, after years of operating under this system, the Watershed Protection Department is changing its approach by rolling…

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 by Jessi Devenyns

Upper Boggy Creek Trail one step closer to reality

After a contentious debate among the commissioners, the Environmental Commission approved a variance request submitted by the Public Works Department to widen the design of a concrete trail from 12 feet to 14 feet on Sept. 20 with only Vice…

Monday, September 18, 2017 by Jessi Devenyns

Watershed Protection begins testing to change Waller hydrology

After two years of toying with the possibility of emulating the natural hydrology of Austin’s pre-urbanized watersheds through man-made controls, the Watershed Protection Department is finally putting its theories to the test at Reilly Elementary School.Reilly Elementary sits at the…

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 by Jessi Devenyns

Austin’s Blackland Prairie remains unexpectedly unrecovered

On Wednesday, graduate engineer Lindsay Olinde and Mateo Scoggins, a senior environmental scientist from the Watershed Protection Department, presented the Environmental Commission with the unexpected findings on Blackland Prairie riparian corridors.Contrary to the hypothesis that this historically less-urbanized and –…

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 by Jessi Devenyns

Concerned citizens and commissioners display disapproval at SOS amendments

On Wednesday night, it was standing room only at the Environmental Commission meeting as concerned citizens gathered to express their dissent over the Watershed Protection Department’s seven proposed amendments to the current Land Development Code.Six of these stand-alone amendments were…

Friday, August 18, 2017 by Jessi Devenyns

Watershed Protection reports on youth outreach successes

Just as it does every year, the Watershed Protection Department came to present a summary of its Youth Education outreach program to the Environmental Commission. Susan Wall, who is the department’s conservation program coordinator, on Wednesday updated the commissioners on…

Monday, August 14, 2017 by Jessi Devenyns

City puts environmental inequity under the lens

Austin’s first chief equity officer has hit the ground running. Last year, Brion Oaks took the position as head of the new Equity Office, and he is now hard at work introducing an “equity lens” intended to focus city departments…

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 by Jessi Devenyns

City discusses the future of Austin waterways in the face of zebra mussel infestation

The city needs to batten down the hatches and get ready for the zebra mussel invasion, according to Liz Johnston, environmental program coordinator for the Watershed Protection Department. On Wednesday, Johnston brought the Environmental Commission up to speed on the…

Monday, July 24, 2017 by Jack Craver

City looks to bond to protect water, reduce flooding

The city needs to do a lot more to protect its water supply from contamination and its residents from flooding, officials from the Watershed Protection Department told members of the Environmental Commission Wednesday. They believe that a bond package that…

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Commission considers flood survivors in CodeNEXT recommendation

CodeNEXT will make floods worse and displace more low-income Austin residents: That was the opinion of several residents and former residents of Dove Springs, a community that bore the brunt of the 2013 and 2015 Onion Creek floods, who spoke…

Friday, May 19, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Environmental Commission calls for investigation into hidden junkyards

In the same way that it’s hard to pinpoint how many pieces of garbage it takes to make a heap, the Environmental Commission deliberated Wednesday night how many instances of localized dumping in the city would amount to a serious…

Thursday, May 11, 2017 by Sommer Brugal

Environmental Commission holds off on water quality requirements (again)

Despite the Environmental Commission’s efforts to remove controversial amendments to the Watershed Protection Ordinance at previous meetings, the commission was unable to resolve an amendment relating to water quality control at its regular meeting May 3.Andrea Bates, the environmental program…

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 by Sommer Brugal

Environmental Commission gets chance with CodeNEXT updates, concerns

CodeNEXT is the talk of the town. So it’s no surprise the main topic of conversation at the Environmental Commission meeting Wednesday evening was no different. The commission heard recommendations from the Watershed Protection Department, but took no formal action…

Monday, April 17, 2017 by Sommer Brugal

Barton Springs redevelopment changes hit a wall at the Environmental Commission

The Watershed Protection Department proposed a number of amendments to the Watershed Protection Ordinance at the Environmental Commission’s April 5 meeting. Andrea Bates, the environmental program coordinator at the Watershed Protection Department, said most of the amendments presented were cleanup…

Thursday, April 13, 2017 by Sommer Brugal

Environmental Commission supports Red Bluff plans for consolidation

The Environmental Commission unanimously passed a resolution to consolidate three tracts in the Red Bluff area and to work with its surrounding communities to turn the property into a nature wildland preserve at last Wednesday’s meeting. According to Commission Chair…

Monday, April 10, 2017 by Austin Monitor

Reporter’s Notebook: Honoring Mary Gay Maxwell

Remembering Mary Gay… A year after her death, the Environmental Commission remembered its former chair, and longtime Austin conservationist, Mary Gay Maxwell. The commission unanimously passed a resolution to rename the Slaughter Creek Management Unit on Wednesday night. The land’s…

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Environmental Commission schedules special meeting on Easton Park

After two hours of debating the urgency of cut and fill variances requested for a residential development in the controversial Pilot Knob planned unit development, the Environmental Commission voted to postpone action until a special called meeting no later than…

Monday, February 6, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Zilker Park could soon see new ADA-compliant restroom

At its Feb. 1 meeting, the Environmental Commission approved staff recommendation to grant an amendment and a variance to city code that would allow an additional restroom facility to be built inside Zilker Park.Gary Gregson, the program coordinator from the…

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