11:28 PM Dec 5, 2019 CST

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.

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.


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.



Economic analyst: Austin economy still strong, but growth has tapered off heading into 2020

At the Austin Chamber of Commerce's annual economic outlook, Sarah House of Wells Fargo said Austin faces challenges of affordability and a tight labor market.


SPENGA to open first Austin-area studio near Lakeline Mall

SPENGA—a fitness studio that incorporates spin, strength training and yoga into a high-intensity 60-minute workout—is building its first studio in the Austin area.


Texas Land and Cattle Steakhouse near Lakeline closes

The Texas Land and Cattle Steakhouse, which was east of Lakeline Mall at 14010 Hwy. 183, Bldg. B, Austin, has closed.


City Council wants to know whether some public drinking prohibitions are equitable

The city of Austin allows the public consumption of alcohol except in six designated areas.



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.


Dell Children’s launches mobile pediatric care clinic in Northwest Austin

Dell Children’s Medical Center on Dec. 3 began providing pediatric primary care services out of a mobile clinic in a partnership with Texas Women, Infants, and Children.


Construction on Anderson Mill Road expansion in Northwest Austin could start in summer 2020

Construction could begin in summer 2020 on an expansion project to widen Anderson Mill Road in Northwest Austin.



Austin City Council authorizes APD investigation after assistant chief accused of racist and homophobic slurs

In a unanimous vote Dec. 5, Austin City Council directed city manager Spencer Cronk to initiate a widespread, independent investigation into the culture and practices of the Austin Police Department following an anonymous whistleblower complaint that an assistant chief had regularly used racist and homophobic language throughout his career at the department.


Travis County 2017-22 bond program remains on track thanks to innovations

Fifty-six of the 60 projects included in the five-year bond program Travis County voters approved in 2017 are in active development, according to a Dec. 3 presentation made to the Commissioners Court.


Iberian restaurant Frog & the Bull now open in Four Points area

The restaurant features Iberian cuisine, which owner David Fernandez labeled “the most diversified cuisine on the face of the planet."


Agency exploring new option to connect US 183 toll lanes to MoPac frontage road in North Austin

The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority is exploring a new option to connect the US 183 toll lanes to MoPac.



Williamson County sees one of the largest year-over-year employment increases in the U.S.

Williamson County continues to see its unemployment rate decline.


$15 million enhancement project on MoPac South could improve travel times

The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority has updated information on a project to add auxiliary and merge lanes between Barton Skyway and Loop 360 that proposes to relieve congestion on the southbound side of MoPac.


New 'respectful neighbor policy' aims to address concerns around new homeless shelters in Austin

The city has regularly received harsh objection from neighbors regarding plans for new homeless shelters.


Once a gateway for home ownership, North Austin faces affordability issues

Home prices and rental rates are increasing in one of Austin's last remaining affordable neighborhoods



City of Austin asking for input on possible improvements to Cameron, Dessau roads

The city of Austin’s Transportation Department is asking residents to provide feedback on mobility improvements on Cameron and Dessau roads in North Austin.


TxDOT to close I-35 lanes overnight for construction in North Austin on Dec. 2-3

TxDOT will close I-35 lanes in North Austin in early December during construction from late night into the early morning.