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Austin’s Blackland Prairie remains unexpectedly unrecovered

On Wednesday, graduate engineer Lindsay Olinde and Mateo Scoggins, a senior environmental scientist from the Watershed Protection Department, presented the Environmental Commission with the unexpected findings on Blackland Prairie riparian corridors. Contrary to the hypothesis that this historically less-urbanized and…

Service extension may signal city's growth plans

In a move that may signal the city’s future growth plans, City Council has postponed decisions on whether to grant water and wastewater service extension requests for the Stokes Ranch development in the city’s Limited Purpose jurisdiction. Watershed Protection Department…

Environmental Board OKs affordable housing project despite concerns

The Environmental Board was the scene of a showdown last week when a proposed affordable housing project faced environmental concerns from city staff.                                                                                 Developers of the Windy Ridge Apartment Homes at 10910 FM 620 were requesting water and…

Council approves zoning changes for Rob Roy multifamily project

Despite the opposition of neighborhood residents, the City Council voted unanimously on March 6 to approve changes to land use rules that would allow developers to build a multifamily project.   Rob Roy residents were on hand at last week’s…

Featured Collection: Austin Energy 2022 rate case

Austin Energy ramps up outreach for proposed rate changes

Austin Energy has entered the public hearing phase of its base rate review process, following its proposal to raise service costs. The monthslong dialogue with stakeholders and city staff, slated for resolution by City Council in November, has surfaced predictable…

Watershed Protection Ordinance gets first rewrite in 28 years

City Council members took something of a strange path getting there but in the end, they approved the first major changes to the city’s Watershed Protection Ordinance since 1986 on a 7-0 vote.   Because the ordinance rewrite also involved…

Watershed Ordinance rewrite still has some hurdles to overcome

The massive Watershed Protection Ordinance passed its first official hurdle at City Council earlier this month, though a few bones of contention remain and much more discussion is likely on the horizon.   After unanimously approving the new ordinance on…

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New Watershed Protection Ordinance up for Council consideration

Austin City Council members may offer only limited approval to a series of dramatic changes to the city’s Watershed Protection Ordinance. The rewrite, a document that exchanges small allowances of additional impervious cover for more protection of the city’s creek…

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