The Daily Hustle: 6/2/10
It's a press release-o-rama!
By Wells Dunbar,
7:44AM, Wed. Jun. 2, 2010
He's tanned, rested and ready – the Hustle is back from hiatus, and cleaning out his inbox. What wonders lie beneath the fold?
Judging from the drama late last week, TDH picked a good time to high tail it out of town. But things seem to have simmered down since my departure. For starters, there's no council meeting this week. But what else is poppin'?
The city is revealing two parcels of the long-awaited Downtown Plan today, the Core/Waterfront and Northwest districts, in a town hall meeting tonight. Per the press release:
City officials and the City of Austin Downtown Commission will host the session concerning the Core and Waterfront District and the Northwest District from 5:30 to 8pm at Waller Creek Center, 625 E. 10th St., Room 104.… CityWorks Academy, the comprehensive city internship where applicants learn all aspects of departmental business, is accepting applicants anew through the end of the month. Get more information here.
The district plans recommend a set of goals for each district and propose a set of tools for achieving those goals. These tools include:
· Historic preservation strategies.
· New standards that address both activities/uses and building form.
· Placement; strategies for improving parks.
· Transportation and streetscape improvements.
· Utility upgrades
These district plans have been prepared as part of the Downtown Austin Plan, an ongoing project that has identified a vision for Downtown and is providing tools for the achievement of that vision.
The draft Core and Waterfront District and Northwest District Plans have been uploaded to the project website and can be accessed here.
What the hell else is happening?
City calendar highlights: A special called meeting of the Animal Advisory Commission is occurring at the Town Lake Center Assembly Room, 721 Barton Springs. They're opening a public hearing and taking possible action on an ordinance banning the sale of companion animals, among other items.
The Environmental Board meets in council chambers at City Hall, 301 W. Second, 6pm. PUD zoning in the Bull Creek area is on the public hearing roster.