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Thursday, February 1, 2018 by Joseph Caterine

City demographer smashes assumptions about growth at CodeNEXT meeting

For the past year, the land use commissions have been reviewing the drafts of CodeNEXT, and the discussions have primarily revolved around how to accommodate the incredible population growth the city has experienced for the past few decades. About two…

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 by Jo Clifton

New negotiations for police, EMS contracts

Several City Council members, particularly Jimmy Flannigan and Alison Alter, sharply criticized city staff during Tuesday’s work session discussion of the Austin Police Association contract, with Flannigan and Alter claiming staff failed to communicate as the contract was being crafted.…

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Resolution: Wall builders need not apply

Led by Council Member Delia Garza, five Council members are sponsoring a resolution directing the city manager to study the potential impacts on Austin of construction of President Donald Trump’s threatened wall between the United States and Mexico.According to the…

Monday, January 29, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Soccer proponents abandon Butler Park, turn to alternate stadium sites

Owners of a Major League Soccer team hoping to move their club to Austin have turned their ambitions for a new stadium away from a controversial waterfront site.On Friday, Dave Greeley, president of Precourt Sports Ventures, issued a statement announcing…

Monday, January 29, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

CTRMA board finalists talk up transit during Travis County interviews

The Travis County Commissioners Court will decide on Tuesday which two of six candidates it will appoint to the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority’s board of directors.The court interviewed the applicants during a special session on Thursday.Of the six, two…

Friday, January 26, 2018 by Joseph Caterine

Neighborhood fights for holistic infrastructure improvements on east side rezoning

Less than a week after the Planning Commission held a CodeNEXT discussion on the predicament of upzoning in areas with insufficient infrastructure, it had the opportunity to weigh in on a real-life example. At their Jan. 23 meeting, commissioners voted…

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Audit: Lax oversight in city savings program

City employees overseeing a program to help low-income residents pay for school, buy a home or start a business failed to provide the oversight necessary to prevent waste of city and federal dollars, according to a draft audit from the…

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 by Joseph Caterine

School district fiscal forecast bleak

Although it did not come as a shock, the precarious position of the Austin Independent School District’s financial future dampened the mood at the end of the board of trustees’ Jan. 22 meeting. The ever-increasing amount of recapture the district…

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 by Audrey McGlinchy

Here’s what the new city manager’s salary and benefits could look like

When incoming City Manager Spencer Cronk moves to Austin next month, he’ll have some help.City Council members are scheduled to vote next week on a compensation package for Cronk, who comes to Austin from Minneapolis and starts on Feb. 12.When…

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

City parkland could vanish from soccer stadium consideration

A resolution is in the works that would remove two city parkland sites from consideration as possible locations for a proposed soccer stadium. Council Member Ann Kitchen is sponsoring the resolution, out of concern about and growing opposition to Butler…

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 by Jack Craver

In Hyde Park, urbanists say they’re the ones defending neighborhood character

In Austin’s ongoing battle over development, it’s generally the traditional neighborhood associations that talk about defending “neighborhood character” and developers and urbanist activists who argue that a growing city needs to accept change, whether that is taller buildings or reduced…

Friday, January 19, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

AFD aims to weigh in on developments sooner rather than later

The Austin Fire Department could soon start reviewing individual development plans much earlier in the process than it currently does.Fire Marshal Rob Vires told the Public Safety Commission at its Jan. 8 special called meeting about ongoing discussions to allow…

Friday, January 19, 2018 by Jo Clifton

Audit: City employees violated lottery rules

An assistant director of the city’s Human Resources Department helped to conduct a raffle last summer at an event sponsored by a large non-city organization. City employees participated in that raffle in violation of city HR policies, according to a…

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Proposed demolitions rattle Old West Austin

At the most recent meeting of the Historic Landmark Commission, neighbors showed up in force to protest the prospect of demolishing a swath of homes in the heart of Old West Austin.The five demolitions are all part of a single…

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 by Jack Craver

Crowded field of candidates emerges to challenge Troxclair in Southwest Austin

In addition to Mayor Steve Adler, five City Council members are up for re-election this November. In three of those races – District 9, District 5 and District 3 – nobody has yet declared their intention of running against the…

Friday, January 12, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Parks department mired in drama over cultural center access program

The Mexican American Cultural Center Advisory Board voted Wednesday night to ask for the indefinite suspension of a new program that would keep the city’s various cultural arts centers open in the late-night hours.The move came after three performance groups…

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 by Jack Craver

Austin’s new ‘speed cushions’ spark outcry

Susanne Paul worries that Jester Estates, the affluent Northwest Austin neighborhood where she’s lived for nearly 20 years, may be broken beyond repair. What was once an “extremely friendly” community is now fraught with political divisions that many of her…

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 by Audrey McGlinchy

Former Council Member Laura Morrison to run against Adler for mayor

Austin Mayor Steve Adler has his first official challenger in the race for mayor in November.Former City Council Member Laura Morrison announced in an email Monday that she will run against Adler for the city’s top elected position.“I’m running for…

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

Capital Metro CEO finalists face the public

The auditions are over and now it’s time for the judges to determine who gets to be Austin’s next top transit executive.The final four candidates in the running for the open president/CEO job at the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority faced…

Monday, January 8, 2018 by Elizabeth Pagano

Landmark commission pushes for full preservation of Rosewood Courts

This year, a plan to preserve and redevelop Rosewood Courts will be making its way through City Hall. After more than two years of work, advocates for the plan hope that they have struck a compromise between modernizing the property…

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