4:14 PM Feb 14, 2020 CST

Austin’s eight-year effort to rewrite land code advances to final vote with City Council's second-round approval

A majority of Austin City Council voted in favor of the land development code rewrite, setting the stage for a final vote on a project that has exhausted the community for roughly eight years.


8:18 PM Feb 4, 2020 CST

Austin officials: Better communication among depts. could help prevent future homeless camp fire

Although service providers and public safety officials said they have known about the camp, some city officials said they had no idea it existed.

FIRST LOOK: Hamilton Pool Fire Station 606 operational in southwest Travis County

Hamilton Pool Fire Station 606, located at 17304 Hamiliton Pool Road, Lake Travis, south of Hwy. 71, had its grand opening ceremony Jan. 25, but Lake Travis Fire Rescue Assistant Chief Rick Tess confirmed the station has been operational since Dec. 10.



Lakeway Elite Fitness focuses on exercise and self-defense training

The gym offers classes for all ability levels in CrossFit and krav maga as well as nutrition, strength training and private training.


Manduu brings electrical muscle stimulation to Lakeway

Nashville-based fitness studio Manduu utilizes electric muscual stimulation in its strength training workouts.


The first coronavirus case in Texas was just confirmed. Here is what Austinites need to know about the virus

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in San Antonio this morning, according to a news release from the federal agency.


Northwest Austin commercial submarket has unique hurdles

A number of factors contribute to difficulties purchasing land in the northwest submarket of the Austin area, especially along RM 620 between Hwy. 71 and US 183, as well as other arteries near RM 620, including RM 2222.



$22M West Lake Hills bond to appear on May 2 ballot

West Lake Hills City Council calls for the May 2 election, which will include a $22 million bond proposition.


Vaping among local youth in Lake Travis-Westlake area sparks concern

At a time when nationwide use of cigarettes and illicit drugs is declining among teenagers, data on vaping shows the behavior in the same demographic is growing.


West Lake Hills council discusses possible redevelopment of apartments on Westlake Drive

West Lake Hills City Council discussed the conceptual plans for a possible future redevelopment of an existing apartment complex.


Tense land development code debate leaves Austin City Council members concerned over tenor of proceedings

Climate change denial and a sweeping compromise proposal highlighted Austin City Council's debate over long-awaited changes to its land development code.



Pavement, drainage projects on Terrace Mountain added to West Lake Hills infrastructure bond list

The West Lake Hills City Council unanimously voted to add projects on Terrace Mountain Drive to the proposed bond


Hotels, senior living and potential office space: Development updates for February and March in the Lake Travis-Westlake area

Several developments are either in the works or nearly complete in the Lake Travis-Westlake area.


Garages of Texas breaks ground on new Lakeway facility

The business will feature customizable garage suites for high-end car owners.


Travis County group urges bond reforms after settlement in Harris County

Work group members recommended a series of bond reforms at a Feb. 11 Travis County Commissioners Court meeting.



Travis County OKs request to decommission 192 jail beds

Travis County commissioners approved a request from the county sheriff to decommission nearly 200 jail beds.


Travis County announces new intergovernmental relations officer

Travis County commissioners announced Feb. 11 the hiring of Julie Wheeler as intergovernmental relations officer.


The Supremes, the Westies and the Lake Travis Film Festival: Your to-do list for February and March in the Lake Travis-Westlake area

From reading programs to copious live music events, there is much to do in the Lake Travis-Westlake area during February and early March.


Travis County judges issue order to expand pretrial release for misdemeanor defendants

Travis County criminal court judges issued a standing order Feb. 7 to expand the use of personal bonds for misdemeanor defendants. Advocates say the order does not go far enough.



Central Health Equity Policy Council to hone in on improving health care experience for local LGBTQ patients and staff

Central Health Equity Policy Council announced it will work to improve health care experiences for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer adults.


Chiang Mai Thai Food Trailer now serving scratch-made Thai dishes in Four Points area

Chiang Mai Thai Food Trailer is now open and serving authentic Thai dishes, such as green curry and tom yum soup.


Amid pushback, council agrees to temporarily bring in former head of federal homelessness agency

Matthew Doherty previously served as executive director of the federal government's homelessness agency.


Trinity Episcopal names Jennifer Morgan as new head of school

Westlake’s Trinity Episcopal School announced Feb. 4 that long-time staff member, Jennifer Morgan will take over as the next head of school in July



TxDOT to hold hearing, open house on RM 620 widening at Lake Travis High School

Going from four to six lanes, building raised medians and adding a continuous path to accommodate bicycles and pedestrians are all issues stakeholders can address at an upcoming event on one of the largest upcoming transportation projects in western Travis County.


Open house seeks resident input on Lakeway's near-complete 20-year comprehensive plan

One of the last input-seeking events regarding the city's 20-year Comprehensive Plan took place Feb. 5 from 6-8 p.m. at Lakeway City Hall.