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5:26 PM Aug 24, 2015 CDT

Council gets first look at proposed Austin Convention Center expansion

Initial efforts more than 15 years ago to make Austin a convention destination have proven so effective, according to city staff, that a larger event center is needed to accommodate increased demand.


City of Austin to file commercial property tax lawsuit Aug. 24

Mayor Steve Adler announced the city of Austin will file its appeal in district court Aug. 24 regarding Travis County commercial property appraisals.


Residents, city agree on changes to Walnut Creek Trail

Changes to the North Walnut Creek Trail design will slow the project, which has been under construction for years. But city officials say a new design incorporates changes requested by nearby residents, including compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and protection of endangered salamanders.



PfISD committee to continue working on grading policy

The PfIugerville ISD board of trustees sent a grading policy back to committee after several PfISD teachers spoke to the board Aug. 20 saying the revisions would allow broad criteria for students to retake tests and take advantage of the policy.


Northwest Austin tech start-up creates ‘cyber warriors’

U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, speaks at the Aug. 20 announcement of SparkCognitions' new program, Project Ares.


ABoR: Summer home sales on record pace

Single-family home sales increased 12 percent in July compared with the same time last year, according to Austin Board of Realtors.


New website publicly tracks health data, disparities in Austin, Travis County

Community health leaders intend to cut the rates of diabetes, obesity, tobacco use and HIV using the new web portal www.healthyatc.org .



TxDOT consultant proposes combination of six-lane, four-lane sections for RR 620

Rashed Islam, consultant for the Texas Department of Transportation, presented a concept plan for RR 620 improvements that include a 6-lane section addition from just north of Lakeway Blvd. to Hwy. 71 as well as medians from the Colorado River to Hwy. 71.


Travis County Commissioners call for courts bond election

On Aug. 18, the Travis County Commissioners Court called for an order to place the $287.3 million bond election on the Nov. 3 ballot. If voters approve it, the funds will go toward a new civil and family courts complex in downtown Austin.


CodeNEXT ‘focus areas’ to be decided by September

Jorge Rousselin from the city's Planning and Zoning Department discusses CodeNEXT focus areas with Austin City Council members during the Aug. 17 Planning and Neighborhoods Committee meeting.


City staff reinterprets parking requirements

Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo (District 9) discussed parking requirements for accessory dwelling units during an Aug. 17 Planning and Neighborhoods Committee meeting.



Get a piece of Highland Mall at Aug. 27-29 surplus sale

Highland Mall may be closed, but an Aug. 27-29 surplus sale will allow some Austin-area residents to forever keep a piece of the former shopping center.


Amazon moves into The Domain

Austin Mayor Steve Adler welcomes Amazon to The Domain.


WilCo contemplates adding three death investigators

Williamson County officials are hoping to add three death investigators to the county attorney’s office to help offer justices of the peace some relief with the number of of death inquests.


Home builder, autism center eye local tract

River Place tract plan



CAMPO to finalize transportation planning study area in western TravCo, WilCo in Sept.

The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization is creating a subcommittee to study mobility in western Travis and southwestern Williamson counties. This map is a draft study area. The policy board is slated to approve a final study area at it's Sept. 14 meeting.


Real estate and development industry leaders convene for mid-year event

"Real Estate Council of Austin invited a slew of real estate, development and transportation experts to speak Aug. 12 at the JW Marriott Austin as part of the advocacy group's mid-year economic forecast event.


Chick-fil-A in Northwest Austin reopens Aug. 12

After being closed since March for a full rebuild, the Chick-fil-A in Northwest Austin reopens Aug. 12. A line of customers waiting to be in the First 100 program began at 6 a.m. Aug. 11. Those first 100 people will receive one free meal a week for a year.


Short-term rental enforcement changes to be outlined Aug. 13

Possible enforcement changes for short-term rentals, or STRs, will be presented by council members and Austin city staff during the Aug. 13 City Council meeting.



AISD board of trustees to appoint District 7 representative

The Austin ISD board of trustees will choose a District 7 trustee in the future, a decision made after trustees could not agree on how to proceed.


Travis County commissioners approve changes to mass gathering permit process

A controversial vote held Aug. 11 by Travis County Commissioners Court could change the way residents and businesses apply to hold major events at outdoor venues.


City departments make pleas for funding

In depth budget work sessions began today with various departments presenting their proposed budgets and answering questions from Austin City Council.


Travis County courthouse project gets smaller price tag

The potential cost of a new civil and family courts complex in Travis County could be less than anticipated as a result of the Travis County Commissioners Court’s vote Aug. 11 to lower the overall budget for the project.