Hutto City Council renews clean air commitment, gives green light to new retail space

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Hutto City Council voted Thursday night to renew its participation in the Central Texas Clean Air Coalition, a voluntary collection of Austin-area municipalities that enact clean air policies.

The move ensures Hutto retains its member status with the Central Texas Clean Air Coalition, allowing the city to work with the group to develop and adopt plans to keep the area in compliance with federal ground-level ozone standards.

“The Austin-Round Rock metropolitan area is now the largest metropolitan area in the state that is attaining all air quality levels… but we’re only narrowly attaining those standards,” Andrew Hoekzema, director of Regional Services Capital Area Council of Governments, told council Thursday night.

The city of Hutto joined the coalition in 2014, per Helen Ramirez, assistant city manager of Hutto. Membership status is voluntary and does not mandate any specific clean air policies, according to the Central Texas Clean Air Coalition website.

“It gives us the flexibility to work with [our departments]… to understand what measures are good for Hutto,” Ramirez said.

The vote was taken on the same night Keep Hutto Beautiful was announced as the affiliate of the month for the statewide environmental organization Keep Texas Beautiful.

NEW RETAIL DEVELOPMENT GETS GREEN LIGHT

Council approved three new blocks of retail space, totaling more than 9 acres in land.

The plots, located at the northeast corner of Ed Schmidt Boulevard and Hwy. 79, are being developed by Endeavor Real Estate Group. The approved retail space is the second phase of the Hanson’s Corner development.

According to a brochure on the company’s website, a Great Clips location has already signed a lease on the location.

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Iain Oldman
Iain Oldman joined Community Impact Newspaper after spending two years in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he covered Pittsburgh City Council. He additionally worked with an investigative news organization where he reported on environmental topics and was a featured writer for Epicast Network, a Pittsburgh podcast company. Iain has now transitioned full-time into covering Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto.
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