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Tag Archives: City of Austin Environmental Commission

Monday, October 20, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Environmental Board hears Lightsey 2 project

Though it is still in the early stages, South Austin’s Lightsey 2 project made a detour to the Environmental Board last week, where developers were advised to be more creative with their plans.Citing “ongoing concerns” with drainage, off-site flooding, fees-in-lieu…

Thursday, September 25, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Development headed to Environmental Board

A controversial South Austin development is on hold for at least another month, after the Planning Commission opted to take the unusual tack of sending the development’s preliminary plan to the Environmental Board for comment.The PSW Real Estate development at…

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Walnut Creek trail progresses, despite concerns

Despite some pushback from neighborhoods, phase two of the Walnut Creek Hike and Bike Trail marches on.Public Works Department project manager Richard Duane gave the Environmental Board an update on the project at the last meeting, after the board heard…

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

South Austin development threatens Heritage Trees

Though still in the early stages, a proposed South Austin development continues to draw fire from the city’s various boards and commissions. Last week, concerned citizens asked the city to take a closer look at its compliance with the Heritage…

Monday, September 8, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Panel rejects tram, but hopes for creative solutions

The Environmental Board continued to take a hard line against allowing Lake Austin homeowners more than one path of access to the lake from their ridgetop homes last week.This time, William and Kathryn Darling were requesting a variance for a…

Monday, August 25, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

The return of the Great Disc Golf Debate

The Pease Park Master Plan has opened old wounds in Austin’s disc golf community.In 2010, the city shut down the park’s disc golf course. Four years later, outrage over its closing persists. A recommendation to keep the course closed was…

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Environmental Board nixes variance for tram

Though there was some debate, Environmental Board members in the end voted against granting a variance that would have allowed building a tram along Lake Austin.The board had already rejected a request at its previous meeting for a variance from…

Monday, August 11, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Environmental Board rejects fee hike for buyouts

A plan to finance Onion Creek home buyouts through an increase in the city’s drainage utility fee found no support at the Environmental Board last week. Board members asked City Council members to find another way.In a resolution passed Wednesday,…

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 by Austin Monitor

City of Austin Environmental Board

Meetings held at One Texas Center, Room 325 during City Hall renovations.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Board rejects request to construct tram at Lake Austin property

A Lake Austin tram plan stalled at last week’s Environmental Board meeting, where board members worried that their endorsement of the project could set a damaging precedent for the city.Consultant Bruce Aupperle spoke on behalf of the homeowners at 3961…

Friday, May 2, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Council backs amended Vested Rights Ordinance on first reading

The rocky road to approving a new Vested Rights Ordinance didn’t get much smoother at Thursday night’s City Council meeting, where the discussion to approve the ordinance on first reading managed to be both hopelessly detailed and strangely abstract all…

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Environmental Board OKs affordable housing project despite concerns

The Environmental Board was the scene of a showdown last week when a proposed affordable housing project faced environmental concerns from city staff.                                                                                 Developers of the Windy Ridge Apartment Homes at 10910 FM 620 were requesting water and…

Friday, March 21, 2014 by Michael Kanin

Water, wastewater service approved despite objections

Austin City Council members Thursday found themselves boxed into approving water and wastewater service for a development in the drinking water protection zone along FM 620. The extension passed on a 7-0 vote after staff impressed upon Council members the…

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

New regulations are coming to Lake Austin, but not quickly.

Environmental Board members took a look at the proposed changes to the Lake Austin Ordinance last week and decided they needed a bit more time and information before they were ready to weigh in. The board voted to table any…

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Kara Nuzback

Critics say city’s new Urban Forest Plan lacks substance

Last week, the Austin City Council unanimously approved a resolution adopting the Austin Urban Forest Plan: A Master Plan for Public Properties. However, critics say it falls short of a comprehensive plan, addressing only public property, which accounts for just…

Monday, February 24, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Environmental Board rejects variance request despite threat of lawsuit

Go ahead, go to court.   That was the message from the Environmental Board last Wednesday night, after its members refused to be spooked by the threat of a vested rights lawsuit over a southwest Austin property.   The Vineyard Business Center, 2009…

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Board of Adjustment gets its feet wet with first Lake Austin ruling

The Board of Adjustment embraced its new role and made its first Lake Austin ruling last week, though some of the members continue to struggle with the practicalities.   The board voted in favor of a variance at 2921 Westlake…

Friday, January 10, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

ZAP denies fill variance for property in city’s northwest ETJ

The Zoning and Platting Commission, following the Environmental Board‘s lead and staff’s counsel, denied a variance Tuesday for a north Austin property that has been in violation of city regulations for years.   The site, at 15101 Debba Drive, is…

Monday, January 6, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Environmental Board worries about subdivision above Barton Springs

The Environmental Board has taken the unusual step of weighing in on a case not formally before them, letting the city know exactly what its members think about a subdivision planned to sit on Little Zilker Creek. The board, though…

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 by Elizabeth Pagano

Conservation measures could hike rates for Austin Water users

As the current drought deepens – despite recent rains – city officials may be forced to take steps to install tougher conservation measures as water levels in the Highland Lakes continue to fall. But, as Austin Water Utility Assistant Director…

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