Austin bans E-cigs, CodeNEXT draft extension approved and 5 other things to know in Northwest Austin this week, June 26—July 2

Celis Brewery returned to Austin on June 23. The brewery will hold its grand opening on July 11.

Celis Brewery returned to Austin on June 23. The brewery will hold its grand opening on July 11.

Austin City Council, Celis Brewery and Austin's injunction against Senate Bill 4 top the latest news in Northwest Austin.

1. The federal court hearing on the case against Senate Bill 4 will begin Monday in San Antonio

Austin filed a preliminary injunction against “sanctuary cities” bill in federal court on June 19. Mayor Steve Adler said the motion seeks to show that the state of Texas and the federal Immigration Customs Enforcement raids “have collaborated to punish Austin and Travis County.”

2. Austin officially banned electronic cigarettes in all public places, including parks

Use of electronic smoking devices—e-cigarettes and vaporizers—was officially placed under the same restrictions as tobacco cigarettes following unanimous Austin City Council on Thursday. E-cigarettes and vaporizers now fall under the same 2005 ordinance that restricts smoking in all public places, including all parks.

3.  Celis Brewery returned to Austin last Friday

The business that brought craft beer to Texas officially returned to Austin Friday night with a new location in North Austin. Located at 10001 Metric Blvd., Austin, the brewery will host its official grand opening on July 11. The beer is available at more than a hundred bars in Central Texas and bottling distribution will launch Aug. 1.

4. Sound On Sound Fest announced its 2017 lineup

The music and comedy festival returns Nov. 10-12. Like last year, the fest will be located at Sherwood Forest in McDade, Texas—35 miles east of downtown Austin. The lineup features the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Grizzly Bear, Iggy Pop, the Shins, Blood Orange, Pusha T, Kehlani and Vince Staples. Tickets are on sale now.

5. The public has until July 5 to submit input for the city manager search

At a District 10 town hall meeting last Monday, Northwest Austinites discussed key skills and personality traits they hoped the next city manager would have. Other citizens who wish to do so as well have until July 5 to email feedback to or visit

6. CodeNEXT will get an extra draft but Austin City Council remains strict on April deadline

The CodeNEXT process received an extension on Thursday after Austin City Council voted for the creation of a third draft of the code and zoning maps before it heads to the dais for final deliberations. To make time for the extra draft, the council cut its review time nearly in half.

7. Round Rock ISD will hold forums on July 20 and July 25 to answer questions about potential candidates to replace trustee Paul Tisch

Tisch’s position must be filled by Dec. 7. At the same special meeting held last Tuesday, the school board also approved a budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year. The new budget is increasingly made up of more property tax revenue and less state funding.


City Council's April 22 vote decoupled some jobs and services from the Austin Police Department and will provide for the creation of a new emergency communications department to handle city 911 calls. (Community Impact Newspaper Staff)
City Council OKs shifting hundreds of jobs, range of admin duties out of Austin Police Department

More than 280 full-time employees with responsibilities ranging from handling 911 calls to maintenance and human resources will move out of the APD.

Austin ISD trustees approved a resolution April 22 regarding federal education funding currently being held by the state. (Courtesy Austin ISD)
Austin ISD asks state to provide school districts with CARES Act funding earmarked for education spending

Trustee Lynn Boswell said Austin ISD stands to get about $240 million in federal funding if distributed by the state to public districts as intended.

Photo of nurses offering drive-thru vaccines
Appointments no longer needed for drive-thru vaccines at Circuit of the Americas

From April 23-25, people age 16 and up can receive first doses of the Pfizer vaccine without an appointment at COTA.

Austin ISD staff at Pleasant Hill Elementary School distribute meals over the summer in 2020. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin ISD to again offer free lunch to students during 2021-22 school year

Austin ISD has distributed more than 3 million free campus meals and 4.2 million free curbside meals since March 2020.

Q2 Stadium in North Austin
Q2 Stadium to host 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup games this summer

Q2 Stadium has been selected as one of the venues for the upcoming 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament.

I-35 at US 183 flyovers
Watch for new traffic patterns on I-35 in North Austin as TxDOT opens new flyovers, closes existing ramp

Drivers trying to connect to northbound US 183 from northbound I-35 will have to take a detour beginning April 26.

Austin City Council members met for a work session April 20 ahead of the body's regular April 22 session. (Screenshot via city of Austin)
Austin City Hall notebook: Police services decoupling, rental assistance, downtown density bonus fees under consideration

Council will also consider a resolution that would ask state agencies to begin the distribution of about $18 billion in federal aid money aimed at supporting K-12 education.

As part of President Joe Biden’s plan to reopen schools safely nationwide, the department’s National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option is being expanded beyond the summertime. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
USDA extends free school meals provision through 2021-22 school year

Schools nationwide will be able to serve nutritious meals to all students free of charge regardless of eligibility through June 30, 2022, officials announced.

Austin government, nonprofit and business leaders recently participated in a weeks-long summit centered on unsheltered homelessness in the city. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Plan to house 3,000 homeless individuals in Austin in the next three years would cost $515 million

The plan Austin City Council members discussed April 20 emerged from a weekslong community-wide summit on homelessness.

Photo of Zilker Park
Travis County establishes Civilian Climate Corps to tackle environmental projects

The program will create opportunities for residents to work on projects including wildfire prevention, solar energy promotion and park cleanups.

Residents march to the Texas Capitol in protests after the killing of George Floyd in May 2020. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Austin leaders react to Derek Chauvin guilty verdict

The former Minneapolis police officer was found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter for the killing of George Floyd in May 2020.