Draft Austin ISD District of Innovation plan, an unusually hot spring and more things Southwest Austinites should know this week


  • The survey to give feedback on the Uplands tract concept plan is open to Sunset Valley residents Uplands tract usage weigheduntil March 31. The 14-question survey attempts to uncover how often residents use parks and open spaces in Sunset Valley and their vision for the land, a 7.6-acre parcel of land located at the intersection of Hwy. 290 and MSG Bob Horrigan Trail.

  • Median Southwest Austin home prices last month increased by 2.3 percent year-over-year, according to February real estate data released Thursday by the Austin Board of Realtors, or ABoR. See a side-by-side comparison with the Austin-Round Rock area, Travis County and statewide, here.

  • On Mon., March 20, the Austin ISD board of trustees will discuss its draft District of Innovation Plan, developed by a group of 36 members, including teachers, administrators, parents and community members. A vote on the plan is not scheduled for this meeting.

  • The National Weather Service’s outlook shows a 50 percent chance for above-average temperatures for the entire state of Texas for the months of April, May and June.

    The National Weather Service predicts above-average temperatures for Texas from April through June. The National Weather Service predicts above-average temperatures for Texas from April through June.[/caption]

  • The public is invited to provide feedback through April 14 on changes to a four-year regional construction planning document, including the addition of projects on I-35, US 183 and Toll 183A. The document outlines upcoming construction of projects submitted by area counties, cities, and transportation and transit agencies. Projects in the Transportation Improvement Program may include those of regional significance and those receiving federal funds.

  • The Southwest Austin March edition of Community Impact Newspaper is scheduled to be in homes later this week. Be on the lookout for stories about the construction worker shortage, where your neighborhood stands in terms of affordability compared to other areas of the city and tips on where to send your child to summer camp.

By Olivia Lueckemeyer
Olivia Lueckemeyer graduated in 2013 from Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in journalism. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2016 as reporter for the Southwest Austin edition before her promotion to editor in March 2017. In July 2018 she returned home to the Dallas area and became editor of the Richardson edition.