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Point Austin: The Mayor’s Tightrope
Tip-toeing our way toward a consensus on housing supply
" avoid addressing Austin's heritage of racial and economic segregation-by-zoning. In a better-planned and better city, all types and..."

March 31, 2017 News Column by Michael King

Public Notice: The New Apartheid?
Everyone hates the non-transect zones
"...will include wide swaths of what is now SF-2 zoning in West Austin). And thus far, as they did..."

March 3, 2017 News Column by Nick Barbaro

"...members received an update briefing on CodeNEXT Wednesday afternoon ("zoning and process regulations"), and some are busy with public..."

Feb. 24, 2017 News Feature

" manager search team, much-postponed City Auditor authority, and rezoning Plaza Saltillo. "Council Considers Zoning Change for Elysium Park,"..."

Feb. 10, 2017 News Feature

"...R.I.P. Betty Baker The longtime city staffer and then planning/zoning commissioner, who retired from the commission in 2015 after..."

Feb. 3, 2017 News Feature

Public Notice: What Is the Sound of One Shoe Falling?
City releases CodeNEXT draft to mild reaction ... so far
"...protections/limitations to any great degree. In place of traditional zoning – single-family, multifamily, retail, etc. – the code lays..."

Feb. 3, 2017 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Public Notice: Imagine That
Land development code draft ready at last
"...complete failure if it doesn't result in a massive upzoning of the entire center city." But even more astute..."

Jan. 27, 2017 News Column by Nick Barbaro

La La Land
This bittersweet musical will make your heart soar
"...and now I’m waking up humming his melodies and zoning out in traffic remembering how my ear excited to..."

Dec. 16, 2016 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Council: From Kitty Hawk to Hornsby Bend
The Grove, Oaks, and Austin Water in between
"...this, there are nearly 30 unresolved (and much postponed) zoning cases, although Planning & Zoning Department Director Greg Guernsey..."

Dec. 16, 2016 News Feature by Michael King

Point Austin: Down in the Grove
Agreement on latest PUD portends … a little progress?
"...developer to drop its PUD proposal and seek conventional zoning, tract by McMansion tract. Instead, the agreement takes on..."

Dec. 9, 2016 News Column by Michael King

Council: Tuesday Work Session … & Then Some
Grove public hearing and briefings extend the working agenda
"...unusual. The regular 57-item agenda, heavy with previously postponed zoning cases, is supplemented by a “special-called” meeting with only..."

Dec. 6, 2016 News Post by Michael King

Peace in the Grove?
Opponents & developer hammer out PUD compromise
"...part, “The agreement includes changes to the proposed PUD zoning recommended by staff and the Zoning and Platting Commission..."

Dec. 4, 2016 News Post by Michael King

Rezoning the Champions Tract
Sheri Gallo and her constituents can't seem to get along
"...Park Road and FM 2222 that Council approved for rezoning Nov. 10. Residents who oppose the development say that,..."

Dec. 2, 2016 News Feature by Annamarya Scaccia

Council: Here Comes CodeNEXT … Eventually
Office pool projections start at spring of 2018
"...• June: CAG report/handoff to Planning and Zoning & Platting Commissions..."

Nov. 25, 2016 News Feature by Michael King

You Don’t Miss Your Water … ’Til It Turns Green
Council hears Onion Creek wastewater future … and El Gato Negro
"...• Postponed until Nov. 10 third reading on zoning amendments to the Champion Tract (City Park Road at..."

Nov. 7, 2016 News Post by Michael King

CodeNEXT Is Coming
Special called CodeNEXT meeting signals new day forward for land development
"...which differs from the conventional kind (known as Euclidean zoning) in that it distinguishes largely between the look of..."

Oct. 28, 2016 News Feature by Caleb Pritchard

Grove at Shoal Creek Punted Again
Council wants to consider the project when it's "not competing" for airtime
"...break for dinner and then attempt to tackle three zoning cases. Right?..."

Sept. 30, 2016 News Feature by Nina Hernandez

"...Mobile Home Park and the Grove at Shoal Creek zoning cases, are expected to make the night a long..."

Sept. 23, 2016 News Feature

Meet the Candidates for City Council
Five incumbents fight for their seats at the dais
"...affordability, advocate for families and community needs, and improve zoning regulations Treasurer: August "Happy" Harris Filed: 7/12/16 Website:"

Aug. 19, 2016 News Feature by Annamarya Scaccia

Affordability: Everywhere But Here
Council parses contracts, buys CD’s, and postpones housing
"...almost all subtext, for what otherwise seemed a routine down-zoning of a currently wooded tract from light industrial to..."

Aug. 8, 2016 News Post by Michael King

"No Kill" for Traffic
Vision Zero action plan aims to eliminate traffic fatalities
"...Frances Reilly, a planner with the city's Planning & Zoning Department, there's no quota of actions the city must..."

July 8, 2016 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

Charter School Loophole Vote Pushed Another Week
Seemingly settled issue of planning and land use for charter schools drags out
"...charter groups wanted 50% or the maximum allowed by zoning, whichever was higher. That was a concession too far..."

June 24, 2016 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Captain America: Civil War
It's a Marvel Universe, and we all just live in it
"...sounds about as sexy as the minutes from a zoning meeting, but in practice makes for a toothsome debate...."

May 6, 2016 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Future Uncertain for Cactus Rose
Zoning change may be postponed for mobile home park, but remains on the horizon
"...However, the rezoning the developers are seeking would require an amendment to..."

March 25, 2016 News Feature by Joseph Caterine

Public Notice: Being a Good Host
SXSW in full bloom
"...about two-thirds of the 43-item draft agenda focused on zoning. Notable among those is the Lenox Oaks apartment proposal..."

March 18, 2016 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Council: Not Just STRs
Restore Rundberg, nondiscrimination also on the menu
"...A resolution, sponsored by CM Ora Houston, initiating historic zoning for East Austin's Rosewood Courts, and supporting their nomination..."

Feb. 26, 2016 News Feature by Mary Tuma

Public Notice: Amnesty Now!
Council expected to tackle the issue of small-lot amnesty
"...affordability. This is City Council's week to take on zoning cases, and with the TNC snarl apparently postponed to..."

Feb. 12, 2016 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Council: "Sharing" Showdown Arrives
Plenty of contentious business for the first Council meeting of the year
"...• PUD zoning: Previously unzoned lands (e.g., the state land underlying the..."

Jan. 22, 2016 News Feature by Michael King

We're Still Here
Assessing the continuing black Austin experience
"...of color in the area. In "vertical mixed use zoning," the city uses a laughable benchmark, with just 10%..."

Jan. 8, 2016 News Feature by Kahron Spearman

Council: Choosing Sides
An estimated 9,000 lots will become eligible to build ADUs
"...public testimony and a lengthy dais discussion, the primary zoning limitations – allowable lot sizes and on-site parking requirements,..."

Nov. 27, 2015 News Feature by Michael King

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