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Zoning concern prevents Austin from moving forward with second conversion of hotel to homeless shelter

Officials have already indicated they are eyeing other hotels and motels for purchase and conversion into homeless shelters.


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City Council will hear thoughts from residents on comprehensive revision to land use rules at weekend hearing

City Council will take its first of three votes on the land development code revision Dec. 9.

Pedestrian bridge to connect American Campus Communities buildings within Bee Cave's Hill Country Galleria

The Hill Country galleria will soon have a steel pedestrian bridge connecting two of its buildings.



Bee Cave low-water crossing to undergo engineering study

After a monthslong process that began in June with an interlocal agreement between the city of Bee Cave and Travis County, the low water crossing on Great Divide Drive near the south Bee Cave neighborhood The Homestead is another step closer to becoming safer.


Bee Cave restructures makeup of its zoning board of adjustments

Bee Cave City Council members comprised the city’s Zoning Board of Adjustments until Dec. 10, when the body approved an ordinance that changes its makeup to comply with state law.


Travis County commissioners delay approving RV park proposal near Hamilton Pool Preserve as residents raise concern

For the second week in a row, dozens of Dripping Springs residents filled the Travis County Commissioners Court chambers, prepared to speak in opposition to a proposed RV park at 401 Stagecoach Ranch Road, less than a half mile away from the Hamilton Pool Preserve.


Wildfire mitigation, raised medians down RM 620 and streamlined city functions: A breakdown of the Dec. 9 Lakeway special City Council meeting

Lakeway City Council held a special meeting at 2 p.m. Dec. 9, during which officials received updates on transportation and safety initiatives.



Austin primary election 2020: Here are the candidates for local office on the ballot

The March 3 election includes democratic and republican candidates from U.S. President down to local county and district judges. If no candidate receives 50% of the vote in a primary race, the top two vote-getters go to a primary election on Tuesday, May 26.


Travis County begins contract negotiations for women’s jail facility as overall jail population continues to decline

The county has planned to build a new, separate women’s facility for years, despite some pushback from local activists.



TxDOT plans groundbreaking for Dec. 11 on RM 620 bypass project

TxDOT breaks ground on RM 620 bypass project to provide traffic congestion relief in Four Points area.



As pollen counts rise in Central Texas, learn about cedar fever and allergy prevention

As temperatures cool heading into the winter season in Central Texas, pollen counts from Ashe juniper trees begin to climb, causing seasonal allergies referred to locally by residents as “cedar fever.”


Lakeway officials pursuing study to streamline city functions

Lakeway’s Interim City Manager Julie Oakley received a go-ahead from City Council to perform an organizational study.


Wildfire mitigation effort showing continued progress in Lakeway

Lakeway City Forester Carrie Burns said Dec. 9 that so far four work days have been completed on the project.


Safety improvements project in Lakeway will see medians placed along RM 620 by end of summer

According to city documents, the project, which will be funded by TxDOT, will place raised medians on RM 620’s center land.



Jaguar, Land Rover dealership under construction on RM 620 in Northwest Austin

Construction is underway on the first Austin-area Park Place Dealership, which will sell Jaguars and Land Rovers.


Delia Garza files for Travis County attorney race, will finish term as Austin Mayor Pro Tem

Austin Mayor Pro Tem Delia Garza filed her candidacy paperwork Dec. 9 to run for Travis County attorney as a Democrat.



Hyatt in Four Points area slightly delayed, expected to begin booking rooms by May

On Dec. 6, Karedia said that due to some normal delays in construction, the timeline has been stretched slightly.



Australian businessmen betting on success of innovative storage model in western Travis County

A primary difference between their model and more traditional storage models, they say, is the fact that their units are for sale and not for rent. But there are other differences.


Royal Monkey set to relocate inside Tex-Mex restaurant Tio Loco

Boutique, Royal Monkey is set to open in a new location April 9.


City Council eyes $6.8 million purchase of 71-room hotel in Southeast Austin for second homeless shelter conversion

The Microtel Inn and Suites is a 4.5 mile drive from the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport


Austin City Council supports expansive investigation into police department culture and training, likely suspends one future cadet class

The move follows allegations that a former high-ranking officers regularly used racial slurs throughout his career with no recourse from department leaders.



Longtime Travis County Commissioner Gerald Daugherty will not seek re-election following end of current term

Daugherty has served western Travis County for the last 14 years, with terms from 2002-2008 and 2013 to the present.


City staff must be more transparent as city moves toward motel shelter strategy, Austin City Council says

Austin City Council is preparing to purchase another motel for conversion into a homeless shelter, but urged staff to be more transparent as motels are chosen.