8 stories to follow in 2018 for Northwest Austin

A developer is seeking to build 372 apartments, restaurants and retail space on the site of Manuel's Mexican Restaurant and the Regal Arbor 8 @ Great Hills in the Great Hills Market.

A developer is seeking to build 372 apartments, restaurants and retail space on the site of Manuel's Mexican Restaurant and the Regal Arbor 8 @ Great Hills in the Great Hills Market.

Here are 8 stories to track this year that affect Northwest Austin residents:



Great Hills Market plan sparks concern over traffic, future demolition of theater


The fate of a Northwest Austin movie theater and changes to a key retail center will be coming back to Austin City Council in February.






Stabilizing Austin home prices hinges on CodeNEXT


As Austin City Council works toward approving CodeNEXT, the rewrite of the city’s land-development code, some in the real estate industry are expressing a desire to see land-use policies that promote affordable development alongside medium- and high-end construction.






Capital Metro plans for major bus route changes starting June 3


Capital Metro’s board of directors approved the agency’s 10-year service plan called Connections 2025 in 2017 with plans to implement the majority of changes June 3.






Austin could adopt new land-development code in 2018


According to CodeNEXT Project Manager Jorge Rousselin, city staffers will release their final recommendation Feb. 12.






Austin continues drafting plans, working on 2016 bond projects


The draft corridor plan will be released to the public in late February for comment before heading to Austin City Council for approval in March.






Austin mulls pursuing a bond in November


According to a January memo City Council is scheduled to receive a bond recommendation from the bond advisory task force in March.






Austin ISD set for facility upgrades, new schools


Most projects at the top of the implementation timeline are in the procurement phase, meaning the district is soliciting bids for architects and contractors.






Police contract returns to council in March


When the contract expired Dec. 29, APD reverted to the state’s civil service law.




MOST RECENT

Austin, Travis County and Austin ISD officials gathered Sept. 24 to discuss local resilience planning. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin, Travis County, AISD look to build collaboration on community disaster hubs

The governments and school district are looking to grow a network of facilities that can provide resources to residents amid weather emergencies.

Screen shot of Desmar Walkes speaking at a press conference
Austin Public Health eyes possible shift to Stage 4 guidelines

Local health leaders said they want to see the current downward trend of COVID-19 hospitalizations persist before making any changes.

Kyle City Council voted 6-1 and approved the new citywide trail master plan that will utilize 2020 bond election funds for trails that will help connect Austin to San Antonio. (Courtesy Pexels)
CI Nation roundup: Perfect Game coming to Cedar Park; Kyle City Council approves trail master plan to connect Austin to San Antonio and more top stories

Take a look at the top five trending stories across all of Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas as of Sept. 24.

Domain Northside rooftop mural
New rooftop mural debuts and 4 other Impacts to know in The Domain and Domain Northside

Read here to learn about new restaurants and businesses in North Austin.

Superintendent Stephanie Elizalde said Sept. 23 though the district has been awarded emergency funding, it has only had access to a fraction of it. (Maggie Quinlan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin ISD superintendent lays out barriers to receiving emergency funding

Superintendent Stephanie Elizalde said while it seems that the district has received "millions and millions," it has been able to use a fraction of granted emergency funds.

Austin is one of five cities worldwide included in the company's new integration. (Benton Graham/Community Impact)
Electric scooter company Bird will now show available Capital Metro bikes in its app

Riding a scooter this weekend? Keep an eye out for Bird’s new integration with Capital Metro’s bikeshare.

Wayback Burgers specializes in cooked-to-order burgers and hand-dipped milkshakes. (Courtesy Wayback Burgers)
Wayback Burgers coming to Leander; former Round Rock Steak N' Shake to become Whataburger and more top Central Texas news

Read the top business and community news from the past week from the Central Texas area.

Kevin Foster, an Austin ISD board trustee, alerted the board Sept. 23 to his concern about a police response at LBJ Early College High School last week. (Maggie Quinlan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin ISD trustee questions police response after hoax 911 call

After a large police response to a falsely reported school shooting last week, one member of the Austin ISD board of trustees is concerned about police scaring students.

Several parents of New Caney ISD students spoke at the district's Sept. 20 board meetings about recent allegations that a student brought a firearm to Porter High School's Sept. 18 homecoming dance. NCISD Superintendent Matt Calvert stressed that no gunshots were fired at the event, and that the district is investigating the allegations. (Wesley Gardner/Community Impact Newspaper)
CI Nation roundup: Round Rock ISD trustees considered for censuring; New Caney ISD addresses allegations of student with gun at campus event and more top stories

Take a look at the top five trending stories across all of Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas as of Sept. 23.

Now open sign
Archival and preservation agency Monocurate now open in Northwest Austin

Monocurate archives historical photos, documents and stories through material preservation, genealogical research and curation.

Flights between Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and London-Heathrow will resume Oct. 13 for the first time in 17 months. (Courtesy Austin-Bergstrom International Airport)
British Airways to resume service from Austin to London in October

The flights will run three days per week and include COVID-19 safety measures for passengers.