Mitigation plan to be created for South Lamar

City Council voted unanimously May 1 to create a mitigation plan to address the effects of infill development in the South Lamar neighborhood.



The resolution is in response to neighborhood concerns about flooding as a result of new developments in the area as well as the need to improve sidewalk and street infrastructure to better accommodate the growing area, which is located just east of South Lamar Boulevard and north of Ben White Boulevard.



"We will use [South Lamar] as a study area to develop tools and ideas ... that we can apply to all the neighborhoods experiencing the same problems," Councilwoman Laura Morrison said.



The approved resolution requires city staff to present a timeline for a mitigation plan to council by Aug. 15.

By Joe Lanane
Joe Lanane’s career is rooted in community journalism, having worked for a variety of Midwest-area publications before landing south of the Mason-Dixon line in 2011 as the Stillwater News-Press news editor. He arrived at Community Impact Newspaper in 2012, gaining experience as editor of the company’s second-oldest publication in Leander/Cedar Park. He eventually became Central Austin editor, covering City Hall and the urban core of the city. Lanane leveraged that experience to become Austin managing editor in 2016. He managed eight Central Texas editions from Georgetown to San Marcos. Working from company headquarters, Lanane also became heavily involved in enacting corporate-wide editorial improvements. In 2017, Lanane was promoted to executive editor, overseeing editorial operations throughout the company. The Illinois native received his bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University and his journalism master’s degree from Ball State University.


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