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Tag Archives: City of Austin Environmental Commission

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…

Monday, November 4, 2013 by Elizabeth Pagano

City studies changes to allow aggregates in commercial projects

Changes to commercial landscaping requirements that previously prohibited the use of aggregate materials in commercial projects are on the way.   Though the process is still in the early stages, the city is taking a serious look at how it…

Monday, October 28, 2013 by Elizabeth Pagano

Environmental Board denies variance, orders fill removed from lot

Though it has been in place for years, the Environmental Board definitively shut down a variance request that would have allowed a huge amount of fill to remain in northeast Austin. Instead, the board recommended that that fill be removed,…

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 by Elizabeth Pagano

Downtown tree canopy only 14 percent according to city survey

The long-awaited results of a downtown tree survey prompted by the city’s Heritage Tree Ordinance are in.   Last week, Environmental Board members got their first view of the completed survey, which will be used to help the city’s boards…

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