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Reporter's Notebook: Contact

H2Oh no… Like country rubes dazzled by the mystic arts of the boardwalk illusionist, sometimes we journalists are so awestruck by an apparent attempt at math that we lose all professional incredulity and report it with gushing deference. Such it…

Audit critical of city, neighborhood contact teams

The city’s neighborhood planning processes “are inequitable, lack transparency, and may constitute a risk to fair housing choice,” according to an audit conducted by the Office of the City Auditor. Auditors presented their findings to the City Council Audit and…

As East Austin changes, what power do neighbors have to stop it?

Recently, residents of the city’s East Cesar Chavez neighborhood asked a city of Austin committee to put in place interim controls potentially limiting the influx of new bars, restaurants and breweries. The decision was delayed – and then eventually denied.…

Planning and Neighborhoods Committee approves contact-team changes

City Council’s Planning and Neighborhoods Committee has voted unanimously to move forward on staff-proposed changes that would add oversight and compliance requirements to neighborhood-plan contact teams. The ordinance, which on Jan. 12 was also approved by the Planning Commission, would…

Contact-team changes sail toward Council

This past fall, City Council asked for some uniformity and oversight for the city’s neighborhood-planning contact teams. And now, after hearing from stakeholders, those proposed changes are refined and on the way to becoming a reality. The Planning and Zoning…

Neighborhood team scrutiny moves forward

With City Council Member Pio Renteria in the lead and several other Council members offering amendments, Council unanimously approved a resolution Thursday that will start the process for reining in any neighborhood teams – also known as contact teams –…

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City looks to strengthen contact team rules

The way that the city’s neighborhood-plan contact teams do business may be changing. City Council Member Pio Renteria is pushing for code amendments that will create clearer guidelines and more city oversight for Austin’s contact teams. On Monday, his resolution…

Council denies East Cesar Chavez restaurant a late-hours permit

East Austin’s Weather Up Restaurant will have to weather at least another year without late night hours, after an unsuccessful trip to City Council last week.   In February, the Planning Commission rejected the request for the conditional use permit…

Planning Commission nixes plans for Montopolis condo project

Montopolis Neighborhood residents’ fears of gentrification were convincing enough to sway the Planning Commission from endorsing a condominium project last week.   Kemp Street Properties LLC was seeking the change from SF-3 zoning to SF-6 zoning on 5.38 acres at…

Council rejects bid to remove restrictive covenant on east side lot

City Council members shot down a bid to remove a restrictive covenant on an east side property last week, sending developers back to the drawing board.   Hector Avilia was asking for termination of a restrictive covenant at 1120 Tillery…

Planning Commission opposes church’s expansion of parking lot

Though there were hopes that it could help alleviate parking troubles on South Congress Avenue, the Planning Commission shot down a zoning change request by the Congress Avenue Baptist Church at the commission’s most recent meeting. The next stop for…

Previously denied fence variance back before Board of Adjustment

A contentious request for a variance on an East Cesar Chavez fence is back before the Board of Adjustment, even though the board had denied the same variance a year ago.   Agent Phil Moncada last represented Michael Kleinman a…

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