Could the Lege save land use reform in Austin?

A bill that would make it much easier for Austin and other Texas cities to overhaul their land development codes is getting a hearing at the Capitol today. The House Committee on Land & Resource Management will take up HB 2989, a bill authored by Rep. John Cyrier, a Bastrop Republican, which would clarify that … Continue reading Could the Lege save land use reform in Austin?

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A curiously tight vote on affordable housing in Southeast Austin

Well this was very interesting. City Council came closer than I would have expected yesterday to killing an affordable senior housing project in Southeast Austin. It was particularly interesting to see CM Vanessa Fuentes vote against the project, a troubling sign for housing advocates, many of whom have voiced cautious optimism that the newcomer, despite … Continue reading A curiously tight vote on affordable housing in Southeast Austin

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Can Austin bury I-35? And a chance for more housing on Rainey

Can Austin bury I-35? City Council is starting to push back on TxDOT’s vision for I-35. Kinda. To be clear, we’re talking about the $4.3 billion I-35 Capital Express Central project, not to be confused with Capital Express North or Capital Express South expansions that will be underway even sooner. The Central project is between … Continue reading Can Austin bury I-35? And a chance for more housing on Rainey

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How Austin’s code delays good projects, at taxpayer expense

If one had to mount a defense of Austin’s regressive land development code, it would be that it is an equal opportunity obstacle. It is a pain in the ass for absolutely everyone who deals with it, including the city itself. Case and point: A lengthy memo from the Public Works Dept describing ways the code currently … Continue reading How Austin’s code delays good projects, at taxpayer expense

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