Austin City Council recently voted to lower the speed limit on dozens of local roads. (Community Impact Newspaper file photo)
The July 15 episode of the Austin Breakdown dives into Austin’s plan to reduce speed limits and lower the number of local traffic-related fatalities, San Marcos City Council’s support for a proposed film and production studio and more news from across the metro.
San Marcos City Council reconsiders Hill Country Studios deal
In June, San Marcos City Council voted to proceed with a Chapter 380 agreement with Hill Country, LLC that provides financial incentives to build a film and video production facility in the La Cima development.
According to city documents, capital investment in the 820,000-square-foot project is estimated at $267 million, with the city expected to retain around $11.5 million in taxes over a decade.
However, the agreement has been met with environmental concerns about the project’s location over the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone and the possibility of groundwater contamination.
Community Impact Newspaper editor Eric Weilbacher shares the latest on the studio’s proposal and its continued reassessment by San Marcos City Council members.
Connor McGovern produces Community Impact Newspaper's podcasts, The Austin Breakdown, The Houston Breakdown and The DFW Breakdown. He also works as a reporter and producer for Mid-Missouri Public Radio and an editor at the Columbia Missourian. In May 2023, Connor will graduate from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor’s degree in journalism.
Olivia hosts and produces Community Impact Newspaper's podcasts, the Austin Breakdown, the Houston Breakdown and the DFW Breakdown. She launched the podcasts after nearly three years as a reporter for the newspaper, covering public health, business, development and Travis County government for the Central Austin edition. Olivia worked as a reporter and producer for South Carolina Public Radio before moving to Texas. You can follow her on Twitter @ojaldridge.