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With Equity in Mind, Austin Embarks on Bringing Its History Up to Date
So many more stories to tell
"...hire expensive consultants to build a case for historic zoning from arcane architectural details or associations with ancient Austinites...."

July 2, 2021 News Feature by Clara Ence Morse

Council Recap: A Not-Just-Symbolic Promise to Lift Up Black Austin
Apologies and remedies for a long legacy of oppression
"...comprehensive plan after the Legislature legalized land-use regulation and zoning in Texas. That plan directed that services for Black..."

March 5, 2021 News Post by Austin Sanders

Public Notice: Two More Years!
What’s the one thing missing from Steve Adler’s resumé?
"...new Republican on the dais, will likely support single- family zoning, but make no mistake: This seat was Flannigan's to..."

Dec. 25, 2020 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Alter Holds Onto Her Council Seat, While Flannigan Is Narrowly Defeated
A tale of two incumbents in the run-off election
"...D6 (Pct. 234) frustrated by Flannigan's vote on a zoning case in 2019, favored Kelly 78% to 22% in..."

Dec. 18, 2020 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Council to Finalize Aid Programs for COVID-Hit Businesses
Ready for relief
"...that seeks to overturn a statewide ban on inclusionary zoning. The resolution, and Hinojosa's bill, are mostly symbolic; there..."

Dec. 4, 2020 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Share Some Truth, Justice, and Sustainability With These Civic-Minded Gifts
Keep the holidays real
"...out their incumbent residents. Displacement also results from exclusionary zoning that limits the amounts and types of housing in..."

Dec. 4, 2020 News Feature by the News Staff

City Council District 6: Flannigan Faulted for Progressive Politics
Challengers run to incumbent’s right on homelessness, police spending
"...well as on land use – particularly a controversial zoning case in her neighborhood from 2019...."

Oct. 9, 2020 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Re: Whitworth Op-Ed
"...Leslie Pool, and Alison Alter because they support single-family zoning is shameful [“Time to Look in the Mirror on..."

Sept. 24, 2020 Postmarks

Council: Cash on Hand
City's RISE and RENT funds ready to deliver relief
"...to Austin icon Willie Mae Kirk, was granted historic zoning status with a unanimous Council vote...."

Sept. 11, 2020 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Council: Too Little Affordable Housing, or Too Much?
Two southeast projects divide dais; APD's state grants OK'd
"...Council spent most of its time wrestling over two zoning cases. Both would take single-­family greenfield lots in low-income..."

Sept. 4, 2020 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Planning Commission Leaders Step Down to Chart Housing Waters
Conor Kenny and Fayez Kazi look to bring more affordable housing to Austin
"...the complex development processes for income-­restricted housing – including zoning changes, site plan reviews, and applications for density bonus..."

Sept. 4, 2020 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Public Notice: Where’s Our LDC Rewrite?
Back into the looking glass with your City Council
"...to pass what's been described as "the best low-density zoning reform in U.S. history." Specifically, the Residential Infill Project..."

Sept. 4, 2020 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Council Recap: Too Little Affordable Housing, or Too Much?
Two Southeast projects divide dais; APD’s state grants OK’d
"...Council spent most of its time wrestling over two zoning cases. Each would take single-family greenfield lots in low-income..."

Aug. 28, 2020 News Post by Austin Sanders

Council Gets Surprised by APD's New State Grants
Refund the police?
"...in state law that property owners be notified of zoning changes to adjacent properties or be able to protest..."

Aug. 28, 2020 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Council Recap: (A Little More) Help Is On Its Way
Relief to include direct cash aid to struggling Austinites
"...would also have to send out notification of a zoning change to every property owner in Austin...."

April 10, 2020 News Post by Austin Sanders

False Narratives
"...– Full Speed Ahead”]. The staff recommendation for the rezoning case at 218 S. Lamar (a 110-foot office building..."

March 3, 2020 Postmarks

Public Notice: Damn the Analysis – Full Speed Ahead
City report cut to protect "false narrative" on LDC?
"...themselves: There's scads of housing being built, so blanket upzonings would be unproductive, or counterproductive if not tied to..."

Feb. 28, 2020 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Council Recap: It's a Long Way From City Hall to the Landfill
Tensions over trash, and wheeling and dealing to Save Muny
"...In zoning, Council approved on first reading a multifamily development to..."

Feb. 21, 2020 News Post by Austin Sanders

Adler Offers Olive Branch After Second Reading of Land Development Code
Code compromise?
"...localized flooding poses a risk, and halted "missing middle" zoning in some parts of the city until sidewalk or..."

Feb. 21, 2020 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Land Development Code: What's New in Draft Two
A look at the latest version of Austin's revised land use rules
"...released a revised version of the LDC text and zoning map last Friday, Jan. 31, incorporating changes that City..."

Feb. 7, 2020 News Feature by Nick Barbaro

Council Prepares for Round 2 of the Land Use Rewrite
Calm before the code
"...discuss the latest version of the code text and zoning map, and to ask staffers from the rewrite team..."

Feb. 7, 2020 News Feature by Austin Sanders

How the Red River Cultural District Was Made
Decades of off-kilter activity and music activism culminate in our current concert hub
"...it as "a thumbs-up from the city" without any zoning protections from development. The title's ephemeral nature came into..."

Jan. 31, 2020 Features Feature by Rachel Rascoe

An End to Pot Prosecutions?
Council considers resolution to effectively decriminalize low-level possession
"...property at 7704 Metro Center Drive, citing concern over zoning that would prevent the property from being converted into..."

Jan. 24, 2020 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Transition Areas & Zones of the Land Development Code Revision
The debate over density and gentrification continues
"...October (corresponding to the most intense neighborhood or "house-scale" zoning, R4, and the least intense multifamily zoning, RM1 –..."

Dec. 13, 2019 News Feature

City Council Gets a Breather Before LDC Frenzy
The dais faces a marathon of meetings covering everything from the land use code to APD racism
"...focused on the short-term increase in development pressure that upzoning could bring to areas vulnerable to gentrification...."

Nov. 29, 2019 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Public Notice – LDC Revision: Notes & Notices
"...The city Zoning & Platting Commission, largely sidelined in recent discussions about..."

Oct. 18, 2019 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Batten Down the Hatches, a New Land Use Code’s Blowin’ In!
Long-awaited draft of post-CodeNEXT revision to go live Friday
"...do with the new code's evolving definitions of single-family zoning, particularly in transition zones around activity centers and core..."

Oct. 4, 2019 News Feature by Mike Clark-Madison

Public Notice: Think Global
Act local: Flooding and more
"...Protection staff gave a somewhat sobering presentation to the Zoning and Platting Commission Tuesday evening on Atlas 14, the..."

Sept. 20, 2019 News Column by Nick Barbaro

What Austin Can Learn From Other Cities
Seattle, Minneapolis, and Nashville leaders share at RECA Exchange
"...in American to do so, recently eliminated single family zoning throughout the city, a tactic more cities are considering..."

Sept. 18, 2019 News Post by Sarah Marloff

Council Tackles Property Tax Rate, 4700 Riverside, Gun Violence
Wheels in motion for upcoming adoption of FY 2020 budget
"...and Kathie Tovo voting against) to approve the necessary rezoning on second reading. Concerns voiced by the opponents were..."

Aug. 23, 2019 News Post by Austin Sanders

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