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"...more harm than good to Texas families" is unfounded and that the process tries to ensure that permanently removing..."

Feb. 15, 2002 Column

Reinventing Airport Boulevard
Can 'form-based zoning' transform a suburban drag into walkable neighborhoods?
"...trying to see it with a newcomer's eyes – and it's hard to disagree with Council Member Chris Riley's..."

Jan. 8, 2010 News Feature by Katherine Gregor

How Many Villas = MF-6?
NUNA residents feel betrayed, but Villas supporters say the proposed apartment complex is better than the alternative.
"...Star Wars episode, but Austin's code for "multi-family 6" zoning: a rarely applied standard that limits the height of..."

Jan. 25, 2002 News Feature by Lauri Apple

“This is not workable.”
City Commissions slam draft CodeNEXT plan in Tuesday joint meeting
"...special called meeting today at 1pm, with a clear and unanimous recommendation from its top regulatory commission...."

May 31, 2017 News Post by Nick Barbaro

Naked City
Villas Goes to Bat
"...the City Council, which plans to consider on third and final reading the developers' request for modified multifamily(MF)-6 zoning..."

April 5, 2002 News Feature by Lauri Apple

Public Notice: “We Can’t Hear You.”
CodeNEXT planning process remains a mystery
" a special called meeting Wed­nes­day, with a clear and unanimous recommendation from its top land-use commission. The city's..."

June 2, 2017 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Council: Welcome to Solar City
Council buys megawatts, ponders PUDs, and contacts neighbors
"...Steve Adler wished everybody a “Happy New Fiscal Year,” and District 10 Council Member Sheri Gallo distributed church fundraiser..."

Oct. 7, 2015 News Post by Michael King

Council: Austin is Which Way?
Austin's planning woes have a long history
" a few committee meetings in the meantime – and perhaps two more policy briefings on Monday, March 23..."

March 20, 2015 News Feature by Michael King

City Budget Breakdown
The final presentation of the city's $525.3 million proposed budget for fiscal year 2007 is Friday, Aug. 31; the focus: Major Utilities and Infrastructure and Growth Management – yea haw!
"...fiscal year 2007. Having previously wheeled out public safety and social-service presentations, it's easy to mistake for quiet housekeeping..."

Sept. 1, 2006 News Column by Wells Dunbar

Council Does the Money Mambo
The bones of the city -- roads, sewers, power lines -- took center stage for last Thursday's installment at City Council of "Budget: How Low Can We Go?" Not as low as we might like.
"...we might like. When you're talking about essential infrastructure and planning for future growth, there's only so much austerity..."

Aug. 30, 2002 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

CodeNEXT: “Highly Unlikely”?
Planning Commission plays along, Zoning & Platting calls to terminate
"...Between public hearings and petition debates, conversation concerning CodeNEXT has kicked into overdrive..."

May 11, 2018 News Feature by Sarah Marloff

City Hall Hustle: CURE-ing the Density Bonus Gridlock
Planning Commission wants more time to sort out public benefits
" City Hall, where parenthetical policy permutations are task-force-tweaked and stakeholder-scrutinized, the Downtown Austin Plan's lag time is a..."

Jan. 22, 2010 News Column by Wells Dunbar

Visualize Whirled Tank Farms
An update on the continuing controversy over the future of the tank farms
"...Last week's inaugural planning workshop on the former East Austin tank farm had..."

June 7, 2002 News Feature by Lauri Apple

Public Notice: Slouching Toward CodeCRONK
City manager gives Council a multiple-choice quiz for the land development code redo
"...last August's City Council resolution asking him to "develop and propose a new process leading to a Land Development..."

March 22, 2019 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Would You, Could You Be My Neighbor?
The new incarnation of neighborhood planning and the latest handicapping of the mayoral candidates
" as chair of the Central East Austin Neighborhood Planning Team, I cannot crow about how our neighborhood plan..."

Aug. 31, 2001 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

The Daily Hustle: 10/12/10
City council's gypsy agenda
"...their employee pension system, the return of The Domain's zoning requests, and lots more. Oh, did we mention all..."

Oct. 12, 2010 News Post by Wells Dunbar

Naked City
The fractious, lively process that led to the adoption of the ECC Neighborhood Plan holds some lessons for future neighborhood planners.
"...Chavez Neighborhood Plan still had another bumpy ride through Planning Commission, which finally gave its blessing to the overlay-and-zoning..."

July 21, 2000 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Public Notice: Closeout!
Zucker Report finally put to bed? Eh, sorta.
"..."Zucker Report," a City Council-ordered analysis of the Plan­ning and Development Review Depart­ment. That report had slammed the PDRD's..."

Feb. 22, 2019 News Column by Nick Barbaro

CodeNEXT Loses Another Manager
CodeNEXT project manager Jim Robertson steps down from his post after accepting a job with the city of Boulder two weeks ago
"...that to affect any upcoming CodeNEXT deadlines, according to Planning and Zoning Department Director Greg Guernsey. He still expects..."

July 22, 2016 News Feature by Nina Hernandez

Naked City
"...Noah denies rumors of Forty Days and Forty Nights......"

July 5, 2002 News Feature by Lauri Apple

Rosewood Courts Vote Gets Pushback
HACA opposes historic zoning for entire complex
"...Council voted 8-0-3 (Council Members Don Zimmerman, Pio Renteria, and Sheri Gallo abstaining), to initiate historic zoning for East..."

March 4, 2016 News Feature by Mary Tuma

The Daily Hustle: 1/14/11
Council punts, ponders PUDs
"...A hurry-up-and-wait kinda day Thursday in City Council chambers, as council..."

Jan. 14, 2011 News Post by Wells Dunbar

Add-Backs to Cut City Services
"...$2.14 millionMunicipal Court: $337,067 for clerks, social service contracts, and juvenile docket pilot program..."

Aug. 5, 2005 News Feature

A Budget Forged in Crisis Looks Toward Long-Term Opportunities
Resilience, rethinking, recovery
"...on the public safety status quo, fueled by protest and rage over police violence, is topic A as Council..."

July 24, 2020 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

With All Deliberate Speed
Short-handed Council on homelessness, management, and carbon
"...In context, that was a breakthrough – for sanity, and for saving the planet...."

Aug. 14, 2017 News Post by Michael King

Pohl-Brown Town
Will the State Turn the Hog Farm into Edge City?
", the Hog Farm is a dead end. North and east of the intersection of U.S. 183 and RR..."

Dec. 5, 1997 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Sixth Sense
Neighbors, business owners, and the city are all searching for the future of East Sixth Street
"...Benz moved to ground zero in 2006 when she and a co-investor bought a former grocery store and warehouse..."

Feb. 24, 2012 News Feature by Mike Kanin

The Daily Hustle: 1/17/11
Disc golf, Lustre Pearl keep council up
" two others: potential disc golf at Guerrero Park, and pulling an outdoor music permit for Rainey Street bar..."

Jan. 17, 2011 News Post by Wells Dunbar

Point Austin: Beside the Point
Bowing to public pressure, city declines to change management of Zilker's canoe rental service from longtime concessionaire Zilker Park Boat Rentals
"...Did they deal the deathblow to more permissive zoning at the controversial Champions Tracts in Northwest Austin? No,..."

Dec. 23, 2005 News Column by Wells Dunbar

Their Reputations Precede Them
Run-off rivals Galindo and Morrison set the record straight
"...the unearned variety – can be tough to shake. And often the worse the rub, the harder it is..."

June 6, 2008 News Feature by Wells Dunbar

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