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Code changes could shape Austin’s future

For the first time in 30 years, Austin’s land development code is undergoing a comprehensive rewrite through a process dubbed CodeNEXT.

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The Austin Board of Realtors is building its new headquarters at 4800 Spicewood Springs Road. The five-story building is 33,000 square feet and includes 2.5 levels of parking underground, two auditoriums and a members’ lounge.

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Spicewood Springs sees new construction

A 2.2-mile stretch of a Northwest Austin roadway has caught the attention of developers, who are planning four new projects. more »

Jul 23, 2014 Northwest Austin

Natural Grocers Store Manager Shellie Hayes-McMahon assists customer Grethe Wik in the vitamin department.
The company offers organic and natural products, which have grown in demand in the Austin area.

Photo by Amy Denney

New grocery stores open access to food options

Store Manager Shellie Hayes-McMahon heads down an aisle at the Natural Grocers store near the Arboretum, straightening jars, cans and other products along the way. more »

Jul 23, 2014 Northwest Austin

Leander campus lands on ACC Prop. 1 bond

Leander will be home to a new $60 million Austin Community College campus if voters favor a bond initiative approved by the ACC board of trustees June 16. more »

Jul 16, 2014 , Cedar Park | Leander (1 Comments)

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Analysis: Red Poppy Festival economic impact more than $2.5 million

In June, Georgetown city staff received the results of an economic impact analysis on the 2014 Red Poppy Festival, which estimate 45,000 people attended the event, including more than 23,000 out-of-town visitors who spent more than $2.5 million. more »

Jul 16, 2014 Georgetown

Miguel Ancira was a candidate for Austin City Council District 3.

Courtesy Miguel Ancira

Candidate drops out of District 3 council race

Candidate Miguel Ancira has decided to end his campaign for Austin City Council District 3, he told supporters in an email message July 15. more »

Jul 15, 2014 Southwest Austin

Sixth and Seventh Street will be greatly affected by wastewater pipe replacement in July.

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Downtown Austin pipe replacement to cause 'traffic disruptions'

Austin Water Utility work on Sixth and Seventh streets will close all or part of the roadways during parts of July. more »

Jul 15, 2014 Central Austin (2 Comments)

Austin ISD Superintendent Meria Carstarphen, seen here at a March 31 board of trustees meeting, formally accepted a position with Atlanta Public Schools in April.

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Community to provide feedback on Austin ISD superintendent search

During public forums during the week of July 15–17, Austin ISD is seeking public input on its ongoing search for a new district superintendent. more »

Jul 14, 2014 Austin Metro

Ashby Johnson, a University of Texas alum, was hired as the new executive director of the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization. He will replace former executive director Maureen McCoy, who retired in February.

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CAMPO announces new executive director

Ashby Johnson, a University of Texas alum, is returning to Austin to become executive director of the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization. more »

Jul 9, 2014 Northwest Austin

WilCo elected officials get salary increases

Williamson County commissioners voted on the salaries for elected officials in the 2014–15 fiscal year. more »

Jul 8, 2014 Georgetown (2 Comments)

Residential property values climb in Georgetown, WilCo

Most homeowners in Georgetown found their property value increased in 2013, according to data released by the Williamson Central Appraisal District. more »

Jul 9, 2014 , Georgetown (2 Comments)

Austin City Council, Capital Metro board endorse urban rail proposal

Included in Austin City Council’s unanimous approval June 26 of its 2014 Strategic Mobility Plan is the 9.5-mile urban rail project that would connect East Riverside Drive with Austin Community College’s Highland campus. more »

Jul 9, 2014 Lake Travis | Westlake

Austinites will celebrate Independence Day in a new location this year with a fireworks show at Circuit of The Americas.

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Austin to celebrate July 4 at new location

Celebrate America’s independence by starting the day with a morning 5K and ending it with a colorful bang, but make sure to have transportation plans. more »

Jul 2, 2014 Central Austin (2 Comments)

Round Rock City Manager Steve Norwood announced July 2 that he will resign from his position effective Sept. 30.

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Round Rock city manager announces resignation

Round Rock City Manager Steve Norwood announced July 2 that he will resign from his position effective Sept. 30. more »

Jul 2, 2014 Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

Cities set strategies to direct business boom

Like all city economic development corporations, or EDCs, the EDCs of the Austin suburbs are tasked with selling businesses on relocating to their cities. more »

Jul 2, 2014 Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

Five new businesses opening this summer at The Domain

Five businesses—including entertainment venue Punch Bowl Social—will be opening later this summer at The Domain. more »

Jun 30, 2014 Northwest Austin

thinkEAST will be a 24-acre community focused on creativity, affordability and encouraging economic development.

Jennifer Curington

Large financial award expected to spur creative community projects

The city of Austin has received $656,500 to bring more art to its streets and neighborhoods. more »

Jun 27, 2014 Central Austin

Austin City Council unanimously approves urban rail proposal

Included in Austin City Council’s unanimous approval June 26 of its 2014 Strategic Mobility Plan is the 9.5-mile urban rail project that would connect East Riverside Drive with Austin Community College’s Highland campus. more »

Jun 26, 2014 Northwest Austin (3 Comments)

An empty 10.5-acre plot next to the Plaza Saltillo train station in East Austin will soon be developed.

Courtesy Capital Metro

Capital Metro picks developer for property near train station

Capital Metro has selected a potential developer to bring life to one of Central Austin’s largest vacant properties that also happens to be along the public transit agency’s existing rail line. more »

Jun 25, 2014 Central Austin

TxDOT: Build SH 45 SW

The Texas Department of Transportation will recommend building the SH 45 SW tollway as its preferred solution to addressing south Austin traffic congestion, TxDOT officials told Community Impact Newspaper. more »

Jun 25, 2014 Southwest Austin (8 Comments)

The Austin VA Outpatient Clinic, a 184,000-square-foot medical facility at 7901 Metropolis Drive, is the largest freestanding VA clinic in the country. The hospital is among eight clinics in Austin's region to require further review of its policies as part of a national review.

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Vets helping vets

A federal audit has revealed Austin’s military hospital might be suffering from the same lengthy wait times that sparked a national controversy. more »

Jun 25, 2014 Central Austin

TxDOT awards Capital Metro $50 million for MetroRail expansion

On June 26, the governing board of the Texas Department of Transportation approved awarding Capital Metro $50 million to purchase four additional MetroRail cars and to build a permanent downtown Austin station. more »

Jun 25, 2014 Northwest Austin

State Rep. Isaac to propose outlawing e-cig sales to minors

State Rep. Jason Isaac said he plans on filing a bill in the upcoming 84th Legislature proposing a ban on the sale of electronic cigarettes and similar products to minors. more »

Jun 23, 2014 San Marcos | Buda | Kyle (1 Comments)

Emily Pataki (District 2, left) and Kathryn Scanlon (District 3, right) were elected by PEC members to serve a three-year term on PEC’s Board of Directors. Election results were announced at PEC’s annual meeting on June 21 in Cedar Park.

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Pataki, Scanlon win Pedernales Electric Cooperative director seats; at-large elections to stay

During Pedernales Electric Cooperative’s annual meeting on June 21, the electric utility announced Emily Pataki and incumbent Kathy Scanlon were elected to the board of directors in District 2 and District 3, respectively. more »

Jun 23, 2014 Cedar Park | Leander (2 Comments)

Leander considers changes to TOD

Leander city leaders are looking for new ways to advance their vision of an urban downtown destination district centered around the city’s Capital Metro train station. more »

Jun 18, 2014 Cedar Park | Leander (5 Comments)

Homes, townhomes, condominiums and apartments all sold last month at a higher rate than May of 2013.

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More housing options made available in May

The Austin housing market has been faced with a lack of housing options for the major influx of new Austinites, however last month showed signs of a turn around. more »

Jun 20, 2014 Central Austin

Austinites to celebrate Juneteenth, face detours

The Juneteenth Historical Parade, which begins at 10 a.m. June 21. The parade will wind through east Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, Chicon Street and Rosewood Street, followed by music and community activities in Rosewood Park. more »

Jun 20, 2014 Central Austin

Austin Community College district residents will vote in November on a $386 million bond package and 3-cent tax increase. If the bond package approved, part of the money will be used to fund additional expansions at the new ACC Highland Campus, which opens this fall.

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ACC bond package, tax increase request to go before voters

Austin Community College will ask area voters to approve a nearly $386 million bond package and 3 cent tax increase in November. more »

Jun 17, 2014 Central Austin (19 Comments)

Austin City Councilman officially launched his mayoral campaign in May.

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Councilman touts experience in run for mayor

This year’s Austin mayoral race is highlighted by a combination of new and familiar faces, including two-term Councilman Mike Martinez. more »

Jun 20, 2014 Central Austin

RR 620 toll project still in the running for regional transportation plan

An elevated toll road proposed by the city of Lakeway to bypass RR 620 and be included in Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization’s 2040 regional transportation plan will be reviewed. more »

Jun 12, 2014 Lake Travis | Westlake

Torchy’s Tacos plans to open a location with a design unlike any other location in spring 2015 at 1822 S. Congress Ave.

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Torchy’s Tacos to reveal new look at South Congress location

Torchy’s Tacos plans to open a location in 2015 at 1822 S. Congress Ave. with a design unlike any other location. more »

Jun 11, 2014 Central Austin (5 Comments)

Repairing the ‘safety net’

Health care provider Lone Star Circle of Care is in the middle of a massive restructuring in an attempt to stay solvent. more »

Jun 11, 2014 Georgetown (2 Comments)

Austin City Council discusses road project options to add to November rail bond

Austin City Council is discussing $480 million in road projects, including several on I-35, that could be added to a potential $700 million urban rail bond package that would go before voters Nov. 4. more »

Jun 11, 2014 Northwest Austin

W. Hwy. 71 pipe dreams

Despite the popularity of the Hill Country’s picturesque scenery and lake lifestyle among homeowners, numerous areas in the region remain without basic natural gas service. more »

Jun 11, 2014 Lake Travis | Westlake

Class-A office space coming to SH 130 in Pflugerville

The Pflugerville City Council approved a land sale by the city’s development corporation on June 10, paving the way for about 130,000 square feet of class-A office space at the 130 Commerce Center. more »

Jun 11, 2014 Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

Austin chamber releases research, strategies for improving traffic congestion

Tackling the Central Texas region’s traffic congestion will take a combined effort of building new infrastructure, improving existing roads and encouraging businesses and residents to change their commuting habits. more »

Jun 10, 2014 Northwest Austin

Hawaiian Falls employee Deanajima Rankin dances in the rain with a visitor during the park's opening ceremonies May 9.

Erich Hiner

Hawaiian Falls opens despite heavy rain

Pflugerville’s Hawaiian Falls Water and Adventure Park has contended with heavy rain since the park’s construction began in December, and the facility’s grand opening June 9 was no different. more »

Jun 9, 2014 Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto (2 Comments)

National Instruments employs 2,440 people locally and plans to add 1,000 more in the coming decade.

Peter McCrady

UPDATE: Three companies cancel incentive deals with city of Austin

National Instruments, Dropbox and US Farathane have all canceled their economic development agreements with the city of Austin since February. more »

Jun 9, 2014 Northwest Austin (7 Comments)

Austin ISD high schoolers meet state's spring STAAR passing rates

In Austin ISD, high school students met or exceeded the state average passing rates on end-of-course State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness tests administered in spring 2014, according to preliminary statewide TEA results. more »

Jun 9, 2014 Austin Metro

Baylor Scott & White selects Jay Fox as new CEO for its Round Rock Region

Baylor Scott & White Round Rock Region has selected Jay Fox as its new CEO. more »

Jun 4, 2014 Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto

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The future of health care

Medical professionals in Central Texas are changing health care delivery models by adding services, launching pilot programs and using data to keep doctors accountable for treatment outcomes as a result of the Affordable Care Act. more »

Jun 3, 2014 Round Rock | Pflugerville | Hutto (3 Comments)

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