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Planning Commission recommends floodplain redevelopment changes

Despite lingering concerns, the Planning Commission on July 12 recommended a tweak to floodplain regulations that would allow existing businesses within the floodplain to rebuild without special permission from City Council.  The rule change would give city staffers the power…

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City considers changes to floodplain redevelopment

Owners of businesses in the city’s floodplain will soon be able to make changes to their buildings or rebuild entirely so flash floods pose less of a threat – to structures as well as employees and customers.  The tweak to…

Decision on floodplain variance on hold

Sam Kumar, owner of Journeyman Austin Holdings Inc., came to City Council last week requesting a floodplain variance to allow parking in both the 100-year floodplain and the 25-year floodplain at his building at 1000 N. Lamar Blvd. Kevin Shunk,…

City adjusts flood map adjustment timeline

The Atlas 14 study conducted by the National Weather Service indicated that in the immediate future, Central Texas is likely to experience more powerful storm events that will increase flooding by 30 percent. Last fall’s major floods turned scientific conjecture…

Featured Collection: Austin Energy 2022 rate case

Austin Energy ramps up outreach for proposed rate changes

Austin Energy has entered the public hearing phase of its base rate review process, following its proposal to raise service costs. The monthslong dialogue with stakeholders and city staff, slated for resolution by City Council in November, has surfaced predictable…

Hyde Park flood plain variance finally OK'd

Even though Mayor Pro Tem Delia Garza did not really approve of granting flood plain variances to allow construction of a home at 4515 Avenue D, she changed her vote last week so that the property owner would not have…

Flood plain variance a conundrum for Council

After hearing from the city’s flood plain expert, Council voted 6-5 Thursday to grant a variance to allow a property owner to replace an older, smaller home in the flood plain of Waller Creek at 4515 Avenue D with a…

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Council OKs Koenig flood plain variance

Despite a recommendation from the city’s flood plain engineers that they deny the variances, City Council members voted 6-4 at their last meeting to grant variances allowing construction of an apartment complex, partially within the 25-year flood plain and partially…

City Council OKs parking garage in floodplain

Despite concerns from staff, City Council unanimously approved a variance last week that will allow a downtown developer to build condominiums with parking in the floodplain. Mayor Lee Leffingwell said the key point for him was that there was egress from…

Austin Police Department Budget, 2012-2022

During the 2020-21 budget process, City Council cut $31.5 million from APD’s budget, citing the protests and “community outcry against the disproportionate impact of police violence on Black Americans, Latinx Americans and other non-white ethnic communities,” according to the approved…

Council grants floodplain variance for Park PUD on Barton Springs

Despite warnings from staff, the City Council approved a floodplain variance for one of South Austin’s most familiar lots at its June 12 meeting, finally clearing the way for development of the Park PUD.   In March 2011, after a…

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