1. Mayor Joe Bain is not seeking re-election in Lakeway
Lakeway Mayor Joe Bain announced Friday on his blog he would not be running again this May. Council Member Jean Hennagin filed to run for mayor Friday, joining Tiffany McMillan and Sandy Cox in the race. Learn more here.
2. West Lake Hills City Council rejected offers for 110 Westlake Drive on Sunday
At Sunday’s West Lake Hills special town hall meeting to discuss proposals submitted for the city’s 110 Westlake Drive property, developers were given an opportunity to present their proposed projects for the first time, and residents voiced concerns about developing the property. The City Council moved to reject all offers it received for the property. However, the council also moved to organize a new request for proposals that will only allow proposals for residential uses, not commercial uses.
Read our recap of the meeting here.
3. The Champion’s Tract has been approved by Austin City Council
A 300-unit multifamily project will get built on the Champion’s Tract after Austin City Council narrowly approved a controversial zoning change, capping off a tense, two-year debate over the tract’s use. The council voted 6-5 to change the site’s land use from general office to multifamily, paving the way for a 300-unit development at the corner of City Park Road and RR 2222. Council members Alison Alter, Leslie Pool, Ora Houston, Kathie Tovo and Ann Kitchen voted against the rezoning. Learn more about the project here.
4. Lakeway and Lake Travis ISD broke ground on new facilities last week
While site work already began in January, the city of Lakeway’s top staff and elected officials officially broke ground on the city’s new police facility Feb. 16.
Lake Travis ISD on Feb. 13 also broke ground on its future third middle school.
5. West Lake Hills candidates are all running unopposed in May's election
As of the close of the candidate-filing period at 5 p.m. on Feb. 16, all three incumbent candidates in the upcoming West Lake Hills general election are running unopposed. Learn more here.
6. Invasive zebra mussels have been confirmed in Lake Austin and Lady Bird Lake
After finding zebra mussels in Lake Travis last June, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department announced Thursday it has now discovered the invasive species in parts of Lake Austin and has found larvae in Lady Bird Lake as well. Learn more here.