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Tag Archives: City of Austin Environmental Commission

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

City’s 2014 heritage tree results a mixed bag

Austin’s heritage tree ordinance is effectively protecting the city’s healthy historical trees, though last year saw the loss of a considerable number of them due to poor health and related issues.That sums up what Keith Mars, environmental coordinator for the…

Monday, April 20, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Downward oxygen trend a risk for salamanders

Barton Springs is the only known home to the endangered and federally protected Barton Springs and Austin Blind salamanders. Unfortunately, for these unique creatures, the level of life-sustaining dissolved oxygen in their ecosystem has dropped on average over the past…

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

Concerns raised over 18-foot-wide trail design

A proposed urban trail that is as wide as a city street became an issue Wednesday, after residents voiced concern about the pathway’s design.During an April 1 meeting, Environmental Board members heard an update on the Upper Boggy Creek Trail design.…

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Environmental Board gives nod to Lake Austin tram

A homeowner hoping to build a tram to Lake Austin continued his quest through the city’s boards and commissions last week.Chris Pacitti, who owns the home at 70 Pascal Lane, had more luck at the Environmental Board, which recommended his…

Monday, April 6, 2015 by Courtney Griffin

City says SH45 SW environmental study unsound

Austin’s Environmental Board is looking at its options after hearing from city staff that the approved environmental impact study, or EIS, for State Highway 45 Southwest is not based on sound science.The EIS was prepared by TxDOT and CTRMA, with assistance…

Monday, March 9, 2015 by Sunny Sone

Riverboat contract has a sewage problem

Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo and City Council Member Leslie Pool raised concerns last week about Lone Star Riverboat’s practices at the regular Council meeting Thursday, postponing the vote on a revenue contract until March 26. A memo to Council…

Friday, February 20, 2015 by Audrey McGlinchy

Board may amend applications to protect city trees

On paper, Austin protects its trees. City code requires people to get approval from the city arborist before damaging or removing a tree. But representatives from the Austin Heritage Tree Foundation told the Environmental Board on Wednesday that these ordinances…

Thursday, January 22, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

City plans to repair cyclo-cross damage at Zilker

City staff has revealed a one-year plan that they hope will remediate tree and turf damage related to a national cyclo-cross championship held in Zilker Park earlier this month.Watershed Protection Department Environmental Officer Chuck Lesniak told the Environmental Board Wednesday…

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Watershed Protection touts wildfire plan progress

Watershed Protection Department staff told the Environmental Board on Wednesday that they have begun to implement an intergovernmental plan designed to help prevent catastrophic wildfires in the future.Senior Environmental Compliance Specialist Ryan Hebrink stressed that the Austin/Travis County Community Wildfire…

Monday, January 12, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Watershed Protection outlines salamander plan

Watershed Protection Department staff dived into the details of the city’s Habitat Management Plan on Wednesday. The plan will protect the Barton Springs salamander and the Austin blind salamander, two federally endangered species known to live exclusively in Barton Springs.Watershed…

Thursday, December 4, 2014 by Tyler Whitson

City reveals new drainage fee structure

Austin Watershed Protection Department staff publicly presented its proposed restructure of the drainage fee for the first time Wednesday, saying that it is fairer and more equitable to customers than the current flat fee.Watershed Protection Director Victoria Li told the…

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.

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