Tag Archives: Watershed Protection Department

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Citing criticisms, Council delays new drainage fee

Despite a request from staff to adopt a new drainage charge by the end of the month, City Council is delaying action until the middle of June with the hope that its Public Utility Committee will be able to address…

Thursday, May 21, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Council prepares for reworked drainage fee

In the wake of last year’s ruling that the city’s stormwater drainage charge is unfair to certain residents, City Council will hold a public hearing today to consider adopting a new fee structure that staff says would be more equitable…

Friday, May 1, 2015 by Jo Clifton

Development rights swap coming to Council

The City Council Planning and Neighborhoods Committee voted 3-0 Thursday, with Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo abstaining, to recommend that the full Council enter into an agreement that will remove a longstanding auto salvage company from the banks of Bull…

Monday, January 26, 2015 by Elizabeth Pagano

Watershed Department maps it out in new guides

Though Austin’s new single-member district system has been actively in place for almost a month, there are undoubtedly countless details to be worked out. There are also opportunities for education, as the Watershed Protection Department has illustrated with a recent…

Thursday, January 22, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

City plans to repair cyclo-cross damage at Zilker

City staff has revealed a one-year plan that they hope will remediate tree and turf damage related to a national cyclo-cross championship held in Zilker Park earlier this month.Watershed Protection Department Environmental Officer Chuck Lesniak told the Environmental Board Wednesday…

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Watershed Protection touts wildfire plan progress

Watershed Protection Department staff told the Environmental Board on Wednesday that they have begun to implement an intergovernmental plan designed to help prevent catastrophic wildfires in the future.Senior Environmental Compliance Specialist Ryan Hebrink stressed that the Austin/Travis County Community Wildfire…

Monday, January 12, 2015 by Tyler Whitson

Watershed Protection outlines salamander plan

Watershed Protection Department staff dived into the details of the city’s Habitat Management Plan on Wednesday. The plan will protect the Barton Springs salamander and the Austin blind salamander, two federally endangered species known to live exclusively in Barton Springs.Watershed…

Thursday, December 4, 2014 by Tyler Whitson

City reveals new drainage fee structure

Austin Watershed Protection Department staff publicly presented its proposed restructure of the drainage fee for the first time Wednesday, saying that it is fairer and more equitable to customers than the current flat fee.Watershed Protection Director Victoria Li told the…

Monday, December 1, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

Oak Hill residents stay late to warn against project

Though both sides recognized the threat of floods in the area, an Oak Hill project that some worry could make floods worse got an initial approval from City Council at its last meeting.Developers are seeking a zoning change from Limited…

Monday, September 8, 2014 by Elizabeth Pagano

South Lamar development problems get closer look

Development in the city’s South Lamar neighborhood may be approaching a tipping point. A recent report could have the city scrambling to make sure it doesn’t capsize.“Are we just going to give up on this neighborhood, or are we going…

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