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Wednesday, May 10, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Music venue owners see holes in ‘imperfect’ proposals to protect them

Music venue operators from many parts of Austin have reservations about a pair of proposals created to address friction between increasing residential development and entertainment-oriented businesses.At a summit for local music venues on Monday, operators from venues in East Austin,…

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 by Andrew Weber

Texas sues Austin, Travis County over ‘sanctuary city’ law

Texas is preemptively suing the city of Austin, Travis County and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund to enforce the state’s newly minted “sanctuary city” law, Senate Bill 4.The suit, filed on Monday, asks a federal court to…

Monday, May 8, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

Renewed Project Connect closes in on milestone

The brain trust behind Project Connect will reveal which specific corridors have made the cut to advance to the next round of high-capacity transit planning on Friday.Last Wednesday, Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority Long Range Planning Director Javier Arguello told the…

Friday, May 5, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Developer accuses BoA’s King of ethics violations

The city’s Ethics Review Commission will hold a preliminary hearing next Wednesday to determine whether there are “reasonable grounds” to consider an ethics complaint filed against Board of Adjustment member Bryan King.Ross Wilson of PSW Real Estate, which is building…

Thursday, May 4, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

All ears on Red River as noise curfew pilot program kicks off

Today marks the official start of a six-month program that will bring later hours for live music to one of the city’s most well-regarded cultural centers.Known in city channels as the Red River pilot program, the change in city policy…

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Bills threaten Austin’s land use plans

Brie Franco, the city of Austin’s chief legislative strategist, gave City Council a brief update at Tuesday’s work session before rushing off to do some last minute lobbying.The city is facing a number of legislative attempts to curb its powers…

Monday, May 1, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

For Capital Metro, UT shuttles ground what could be high-flying ridership numbers

The Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s latest systemwide ridership statistics would be trending upward were it not for an unlikely population: college students.According to recently posted data, the agency gave fewer rides in March than it did over the same period…

Monday, May 1, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Judge rejects city’s payday lender rules

Austin Municipal Court Judge Ferdinand Clervi struck down a section of Austin’s payday lending ordinance in March, ruling that the ordinance’s limits on frequency and amount of installment payments are preempted by state law.That ruling affected two separate cases in…

Friday, April 21, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Study: Red River music venues face ‘11th hour’ endangerment

A key piece of Austin’s live music scene is at a crisis point and at risk of disappearing in the coming years if dramatic action isn’t taken soon. Those are the findings included in a nearly complete report by the…

Thursday, April 20, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Traffic, affordability plague Austin in latest Zandan Poll

Traffic and transit woes continue to be the bane of most Austinites’ existence, but the latest edition of a long-running community survey suggests those frustrations are easing, at least a little bit.The newest Zandan Poll – started 30 years ago…

Thursday, April 20, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

House sets the table for Uber and Lyft’s return to Austin

Uber and Lyft’s self-imposed exile from Austin could be nearing the beginning of the end.On Wednesday, the Texas House of Representatives voted to approve House Bill 100 on a crucial second reading. The bill would create a statewide regulatory framework…

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 by Jack Craver

CodeNEXT maps unveiled

The consultants hired to craft a new land-use code for the city of Austin have finally unveiled maps showing what their proposed new system of zoning would look like.But as City Council begins its examination of the proposed CodeNEXT maps,…

Monday, April 17, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

Convention center skybridge postponed by Planning Commission

A request seeking permission to construct a pedestrian skybridge connecting the Austin Convention Center and the Hilton Austin hotel downtown was postponed by the Planning Commission last week. The case, which the commission came close to denying altogether, will now…

Monday, April 17, 2017 by Sommer Brugal

Barton Springs redevelopment changes hit a wall at the Environmental Commission

The Watershed Protection Department proposed a number of amendments to the Watershed Protection Ordinance at the Environmental Commission’s April 5 meeting. Andrea Bates, the environmental program coordinator at the Watershed Protection Department, said most of the amendments presented were cleanup…

Friday, April 14, 2017 by Jack Craver

At last, City Council approves Austin Oaks PUD

After just over two hours of debate Thursday night, City Council gave its final approval for Austin Oaks, the controversial planned unit development on 31 acres of land at the corner of MoPac and Spicewood Springs Rd.The development was approved…

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

AISD trustee reveals reasons behind resignation

In a sit-down interview with the Austin Monitor, Austin Independent School District Trustee Paul Saldaña opened up about the reasons behind his departure from the board, disclosing his fears of becoming bogged down in bureaucracy and describing a school district…

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

New UT arena slated for downtown, but questions linger

A big piece of downtown Austin’s future fell into place on Friday with the announcement that the arena that will replace the Frank Erwin Center will be located close to the current arena on the University of Texas’ eastern border…

Monday, April 10, 2017 by Syeda Hasan

Austin launches initiative to redesign Congress Avenue

For Austin visitors, it’s hard to beat the iconic view of the Texas Capitol from Congress Avenue. But for those who live and work along the corridor, the streetscape could use some improvements.On a Friday afternoon, about a dozen customers…

Monday, April 10, 2017 by Jack Craver

Travis tax appraisers tout new techniques for assessing property values

The Travis Central Appraisal District is figuring out the values of properties faster and more accurately, all while fighting off a record number of protests and lawsuits from taxpayers challenging their appraisals, agency leaders told the Travis County Commissioners Court…

Friday, April 7, 2017 by Joseph Caterine

AISD magnet school policy in turmoil

Emotions ran high as Austin Independent School District trustees, school alums and parents weighed in on the district’s magnet school policy at the board’s special called meeting April 3.The board deliberated for several hours before it voted to adopt the…

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