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Tag Archives: City of Austin Environmental Commission

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 by Cate Malek

City works to create more aggressive response to major floods

As Austin adjusts to the reality of major flooding on a regular basis, City Council is working to create a more comprehensive set of policies to respond to the damage caused by heavy rainstorms.Last year, Council created a Flood Mitigation…

Monday, November 21, 2016 by Cate Malek

Broadstone 620 development limited by environmental risks

There are some limits to Austin’s breakneck expansion, and the developers of Broadstone 620 may have stumbled into them on Nov. 16.Austin’s Environmental Commission voted 7-2 not to recommend building a new wastewater system for the development because it would…

Monday, November 7, 2016 by Joseph Caterine

Environmental variances for church approved, despite lack of tree survey

The Environmental Commission approved a list of variance requests for the Iglesia Camino del Rey Church during its Nov. 4 meeting, despite the fact that there was no tree survey for review.The new church with parking will cover 10,000 square…

Friday, October 21, 2016 by Cate Malek

Hotel strives to preserve Austin’s heritage, but not all of its heritage trees

The developers of the Carpenter Hotel are trying to strike a delicate balance between protecting the environment, preserving Austin’s heritage and creating a viable business.That was the argument they made before the Environmental Commission on Oct. 19, when they asked…

Monday, September 26, 2016 by Cate Malek

Environmental Commission fears Austin Oaks PUD will threaten too many trees

After months of contentious negotiations, the Austin Oaks planned unit development is nearing its hearing before City Council. But the Environmental Commission hopes to hash out a better tree plan before deciding whether to sign off on the project.At its…

Monday, August 29, 2016 by Cate Malek

City begins work on new urban trails

Two new urban trails are set to begin construction next March, providing more options for Austinites who prefer to go carless.Teams should complete work on the Upper Boggy Creek Trail, serving neighborhoods on the east side, in November 2017. And…

Thursday, August 11, 2016 by Cate Malek

Environmental Commission recommends funds for river watchers

The health of Austin’s rivers is carefully monitored on a regular basis by a team of experts. But some of those experts are much younger than many people may realize.Austin Youth River Watch has been training at-risk high school students…

Monday, August 8, 2016 by Cate Malek

City arborists need reinforcements

It’s easy to imagine that Austin’s trees are a natural feature of the city, but the abundant greenery lining the streets is actually protected and maintained by a tiny army of arborists. And, with new buildings being built every day,…

Friday, July 8, 2016 by Cate Malek

Environmental Commission pushes city to join lawsuit over SH 45 SW toll road

Citing concerns about whether a proposed state highway improvement project will contaminate Barton Springs, the Environmental Commission recommended that City Council join a lawsuit against the state agencies behind the project.The proposed toll road, which would be built between MoPac…

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 by Jack Craver

Commission OKs drainage discount for rain barrels

The city’s Environmental Commission endorsed a proposed ordinance last week that will give property owners the chance to lower their drainage fees if they make efforts to reduce runoff from their properties.Austin Water utility already provides a one-time rebate to…

Monday, June 20, 2016 by Jack Craver

Environmental Commission votes narrowly against Grove PUD

After six hours of testimony from neighbors at a previous meeting and a two-and-a-half-hour question and answer session with city staff and project developers at its most recent one, members of the city Environmental Commission remained deeply divided over a…

Friday, June 3, 2016 by Vicky Garza

Grove PUD plan punted back to developers

After getting the thumbs-down from the Parks and Recreation Department last week, the Grove at Shoal Creek Planned Unit Development has been put in a two-week timeout by the Environmental Commission to give the developer time to address some outstanding…

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 by Vicky Garza

Commission votes to clean up ‘East Austin’s Mount Bonnell’

In a move some residents and commissioners referred to as symbolic, the Environmental Commission voted to clean up a site that has been called the Mount Bonnell of East Austin.The La Loma trail and Red Bluff site, located behind the…

Friday, May 13, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Council says only three land-use pros on board

City Council voted Thursday to limit to three the number of land-use professionals who may serve on the 11-member Environmental Commission. That is the same number of land-use professionals who were allowed when the commission was only seven members, and members…

Friday, April 1, 2016 by Jo Clifton

Austin mourns environmentalist Mary Gay Maxwell

Members of Austin’s environmental community were in mourning Thursday after learning of the death of Environmental Commission Chair Mary Gay Maxwell. According to Department of Public Safety Trooper Robbie Barrera, Maxwell died Wednesday afternoon after being involved in a head-on…

Friday, November 6, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

City works to incentivize treated wastewater reuse

Although many believe that it is better to reuse treated wastewater than to discharge it into bodies of water, not all agree on how state law could incentivize reuse. City and regional stakeholders are drafting a proposal that might achieve…

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Environmental Board sides with trees over variance

The future of two live oak trees in a downtown Austin parking lot sparked vigorous debate at a Wednesday meeting of the Environmental Commission, which ultimately recommended against the city granting a variance to its Heritage Tree Ordinance to make…

Monday, August 10, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Reporter’s Notebook: The return

Council changes positions – literally… At their Thursday meeting, City Council members drew from a hat to determine where they will sit on the dais for the next six months. Mayor Steve Adler, who will remain seated in the middle…

Monday, June 22, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Environmental Board gives green light to project

Last week the Environmental Board recommended a waiver for a new building on Shoal Creek downtown.The waiver will allow encroachment into the 70-degree angle of the city’s waterfront overlay. Though the Environmental Board is required to hear about the waiver,…

Tuesday, June 9, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

Hyde Park area residents point to flooding causes

Flood maps in hand, several Hyde Park area residents pointed to poorly designed sewer drains and a blocked retention pond pipe as major contributing factors to the area’s Memorial Day flooding.Tanya Quinn and Mary Ingle, who live near the intersection…

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