Austin City Council began its meeting around 10:15 a.m. May 14 with 31 items on the zoning-intensive agenda.

Approved items:

  • The milkweed plant will now be added to the city's landscape portfolio to encourage planting that species, which in turn will likely raise the population numbers of the monarch butterfly.

  • Council passed an Impervious Cover Transfer Agreement with Roy Cavanaugh, owner of Ace Auto Glass and a salvage yard at the same location at 6308 Spicewood Springs Road. The ordinance was amended to prevent construction of an access road to the site from Yaupon Road.

  • Property at 8060 W. Hwy. 290 was rezoned from limited office-neighborhood plan to neighborhood commercial-mixed use-neighborhood plan.

  • Property at 3714 Manchaca Road was rezoned from multifamily residence-moderate-high density to limited office-mixed use.

  • Property at 6000 Mountain Shadows Drive was rezoned to allow the construction of Monarch Suzuki Academy, a music school.

Postponed items:

  • Council postponed until May 21 an appeal to prevent the construction of a hotel called Red Bluff Hotel, which would include a restaurant, near the intersection of Pleasant Valley Road and Cesar Chavez Street. If council votes to deny the appeal on May 21, construction will move forward as planned.

  • Consideration of rezoning Radio Coffee and Bar at 4102 Manchaca Road to allow construction of a restaurant on the northern area of the property was postponed until June 11.

  • Consideration of rezoning 5610 and 5804 Wier Hills Road to a townhome and condominium zoning was postponed until June 11. If passed, the item would allow construction of Cottages of Lantana.

Denied or failed items:

  • A request to rezone Korean United Methodist Church at 2000 Justin Lane so the property could be used for office space and a three-story parking garage was not acted upon by council and therefore fails.

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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