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Thursday, July 27, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

At Capital Metro’s Traffic Jam, Adler brings the noise

Mayor Steve Adler’s plan for the next big transportation funding package is a new way forward indeed.On Wednesday night, at a large public engagement event meant to highlight the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s ongoing Project Connect process, Adler suggested that…

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 by Jack Craver

The many balancing acts in Austin’s quest for affordable housing

When it comes to providing housing that is affordable to Austin’s poor and working-class residents, city leaders have very few tools at their disposal.The city is barred by state law from implementing the types of regulations that other major cities…

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

CodeNEXT divides commission, spurs review of recommendation process

No city commission has been as prolific in its criticism of CodeNEXT than the Zoning and Platting Commission, and the commission fired off another letter of recommendation at its July 18 meeting in an effort to get feedback in before…

Thursday, July 20, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Ethics complaints filed on two city commissioners

Nathan Wiebe, chief of investigations for the Office of the City Auditor, filed two complaints with the city’s Ethics Review Commission this week against members of advisory commissions.Wiebe filed a complaint against Isabel López-Aguilar, a member of the Hispanic/Latino Quality…

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Ethics complaint filed against ex-city employee

Nathan Wiebe, chief of investigations for the Office of the City Auditor, filed a complaint with the city’s Ethics Review Commission on Monday against a retired Austin Energy supervisor.In the complaint, Wiebe laid out a case against Stefan Sasko, who…

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 by Mose Buchele

City of Austin welcomes Texas AG opinion on local tree rules

In Austin, and in about 60 other Texas cities, you need to get a permit before you cut down some large or historic trees. Opponents of those tree preservation rules – including Gov. Greg Abbott – call them a violation…

Monday, July 17, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Lawmakers to tackle local construction regulations during special session

Local control was a recurring theme during the 85th Texas Legislative session, and many of those policy debates will continue during the upcoming special session. When Gov. Greg Abbott announced the 20 items that will be taken up by lawmakers,…

Monday, July 17, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Commission talks reversing institutional racism

Cast out of its usual place in the shadows, racism was put front and center as a topic of discussion during a briefing at the Planning Commission Tuesday night. Eric Tang and Jane Rivera, co-chairs of the Real Estate and…

Thursday, July 6, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Ethics commission slaps CTRMA board member with fine

The Texas Ethics Commission has collected a small fine from one of Travis County’s appointees to the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority’s Board of Directors.Charles Heimsath agreed to pay the $300 penalty after consenting to offer no further challenges to…

Thursday, July 6, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Colony Park development expected to move forward this fall

The city’s next big planned unit development will begin moving forward this fall when potential developers begin showing their bona fides and ability to handle the multistage project.The Request for Qualifications process for the Colony Park community in Northeast Austin…

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Eckhardt sends Adler a HOT letter

Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt has put Mayor Steve Adler and Interim City Manager Elaine Hart on notice that the county is still keeping alive its interest in levying a tax on tourists.In a letter sent to both city officials…

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

Push to landmark 1960s dairy homestead gets new life, and death, at City Hall

For a second time, the Historic Landmark Commission has denied historic zoning for a home that was once the site of the Schieffer Dairy. Though the house at 3901 Brookview Road is now headed for demolition, it has spurred the…

Friday, June 30, 2017 by Jack Craver

CodeNEXT likely to ditch transect zones

One of the key concepts underpinning the proposed revamp of the city’s land development code will likely not be included in the next draft of the proposal, city staff informed City Council members Wednesday.The team responsible for drafting the new…

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Early numbers in, Red River venues optimistic about impact of new rules

The numbers are starting to roll in on the city’s experiment to allow later outdoor music in the Red River Cultural District.Early financial reports and anecdotes from club owners in the stretch of 13 bars and live music venues paint…

Monday, June 26, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Bond doubles down on segregation, trustee says

At last week’s Austin Independent School District Board of Trustees meeting, only one trustee voted against the adoption of the list of projects to be included in this year’s bond election: District 1 representative Edmund Gordon. In a sit-down interview…

Monday, June 26, 2017 by Sommer Brugal

Study offers a window into the lives of recyclers

Members of the Zero Waste Advisory Commission embraced the results of a six-month study intended to reveal the recycling habits of Austinites at their most recent meeting.Emlea Chanslor, Austin Resource Recovery public information officer, presented the study’s results. She said…

Monday, June 26, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Second Austin Energy employee investigated

For the second time this month, the Office of the City Auditor has released a report alleging that an Austin Energy employee has misused his computer, email account and telephone to work on his secondary employment.According to an investigation report…

Friday, June 23, 2017 by Jack Craver

Council approves composting contract despite Texas Disposal Systems objections

City Council approved a contract Thursday to dramatically expand the city’s curbside organics collection and composting program.The new contract builds upon the pilot program that has been in place for nearly four years. Under that program, Organics By Gosh, a…

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 by Jack Craver

Evolve Austin wants to make the case for density

A coalition of businesses and nonprofits hopes to mobilize people to support a new Land Development Code that will make Austin more compact and connected.On Monday, Evolve Austin announced its plans for a yearlong grassroots campaign fueled by volunteer canvassers…

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Garage placement tool ignites political blowback from Bouldin Creek

Light shone through the cracks in the contact team model for neighborhood planning during deliberation over a neighborhood plan amendment at the most recent meeting of the Planning Commission.The Bouldin Creek Neighborhood Plan, adopted in 2002, includes voluntary design guidelines…

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