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Development review process under review

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Development review process under review

The city’s regulatory department responsible for rubber stamping Austin development projects is undergoing a self-review.

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The 2011–12 Austin City Council (from left): Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole, Councilman Bill Spelman, Councilwoman Laura Morrison, Mayor Lee Leffingwell, Councilwoman Kathie Tovo, and Councilmen Chris Riley and Mike Martinez.

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Austin City Council—Aug. 28

Highlights from the Aug. 28 Austin City Council meeting. more »

Aug 28, 2014 Central Austin

Capital Metro launches second MetroRapid

In the months since Capital Metro’s newest bus service, MetroRapid, launched Jan. 26, the transit agency has continued tweaking and improving the service in preparation of the second route introduced Aug. 24. more »

Aug 28, 2014 Central Austin

Dr. Clay Johnston, inaugural dean of The University of Texas' Dell Medical School, said the teaching hospital allows for new innovation in medical care to be created. Seton Healthcare Family hosted an event to celebrate the beginning of construction on its teaching hospital Aug. 26.

Lyndsey Taylor

Construction to begin on Seton's teaching hospital

Seton Healthcare Family celebrated Aug. 26 the beginning of construction on its new teaching hospital, which is expected to commence in the coming weeks. more »

Aug 27, 2014 Central Austin

Austin Community College President Richard Rhodes leads a grand-opening celebration Aug. 27 at the new ACC Highland Campus.

Joe Lanane

Austin Community College debuts Highland Campus

A shopping center once renowned for being Austin's first regional mall is now an institution for higher learning. more »

Aug 27, 2014 Central Austin Impacts

Jim Skaggs from the Coalition on Sustainable Transportation said supporting the $1.4 billion urban rail plan would be the worst decision in Austin's history.

Amy Denney

A tale of two routes: Rail advocates debate location

An Aug. 26 urban rail town hall meeting brought out debate about where to put rail in Austin and what populations to serve. more »

Aug 27, 2014 Northwest Austin

Backed by elected officials, education leaders and representatives from the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, Austin ISD board of trustees President Vincent Torres speaks about school funding at a news conference Aug. 26.

Kelli Weldon

Education leaders call for changes to state funding system as AISD approves 2014–15 budget

The Austin ISD board of trustees on Aug. 26 approved the district’s $1.05 billion budget and tax rate for fiscal year 2015 following local education leaders’ call for a change in the way the state provides funding for the district. more »

Aug 27, 2014 Austin Metro

IMPACT ROUNDUP: Family ranch-to-table restaurant comes to East Austin

What started as a family-owned feed and seed company has expanded to become Jacoby’s Restaurant and Mercantile, which opened Aug. 20 at 3235 E. Cesar Chavez St. more »

Aug 27, 2014 Central Austin (1 Comments)

A state report this year revealed the Central Austin portion of I-35 is the most congested highway in Texas. The Texas Department of Transportation and the city of Austin are reviewing options that might improve I-35 traffic conditions.

Photo by Jennifer Curington

TxDOT begins long journey of improving portion of I-35

Area drivers may be hoping ongoing proposals to change the Central Austin portion of I-35 will help fix the highway’s increasing congestion problems, but Texas Department of Transportation officials said an immediate reduction in traffic is unlikely. more »

Aug 27, 2014 Central Austin

General homestead property tax exemption proposed

Austin City Council has been reviewing the addition of a general homestead property tax exemption since May as a possible relief measure for city homeowners. more »

Aug 27, 2014 , Central Austin

New playscape equipment is among the anticipated changes at Ramsey Park.

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Ramsey Park fundraising campaign nearing final goal

A neighborhood campaign to raise money for Ramsey Park improvements is getting closer to its $480,000 goal. more »

Aug 27, 2014 Central Austin

Distracted driving law could be expanded upon

A public hearing will be held at the Aug. 28 City Council meeting regarding a proposed distracted driving ordinance stricter than the existing law. more »

Aug 27, 2014 Central Austin

BMX/Skate Park could be renamed Aug. 28

An extensive process to rename a 30,000-square-foot BMX and skateboard park in Central Austin could come to a conclusion Aug. 28. more »

Aug 27, 2014 Central Austin

Austin business leaders are researching whether space technology companies might come to town.

Courtesy SpaceX

Space technology may come to Austin

An advisory group may give the green light to try bringing space technology companies to Austin. more »

Aug 27, 2014 Central Austin (1 Comments)

First AISD elementary fine arts academy opens

Austin ISD has expanded its fine arts focus to include the elementary level. more »

Aug 27, 2014 Central Austin

A summer parade, above, is one example of Creative Action programming.

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Grant awarded to help foster art in East Austin

A nonprofit that helps underprivileged youth gain access to art and other creative outlets received a $75,000 grant for future projects. more »

Aug 27, 2014 Central Austin

Austin City Council to consider solar energy resolution

A pending Austin City Council resolution may help create more solar energy supply for Austin Energy consumers, the city announced Aug. 26. more »

Aug 26, 2014 Central Austin

CANDIDATE ROUNDUP: Eighteen candidates file for Austin ISD board of trustees

Eighteen candidates filed for a seat on the Austin ISD board of trustees by the filing deadline Aug. 18. more »

Aug 26, 2014 Austin Metro

Capital Metro to use reserves to balance FY2015 budget

The city of Austin’s public transit agency, Capital Metro, plans to use almost $43.2 million from its reserves to maintain a balanced budget of $322.1 million for fiscal year 2015. more »

Aug 26, 2014 Northwest Austin

Local guest judge Adrian Davila, celebrity guest judge Robyn Lindars and show host David Guas must choose a winner from the contestants to receive $10,000 in cash.

Courtesy of Travel Channel

Austin-area grillers to face off on 'American Grilled' episode

Four Austin-area grillers will make national television appearances on an upcoming episode of “American Grilled” from Travel Channel. more »

Aug 26, 2014 Central Austin

Speakers come to town for creative placemaking talks

Austin continues to put itself at the forefront of the creative placemaking movement, this time with a series of speakers coming to town. more »

Aug 25, 2014 Central Austin

Hard plastics can now be recycled

Austin residents can now toss hard plastics into their curbside recycle bin. more »

Aug 25, 2014 Central Austin

Arif Raza, Austin Partners In Education volunteer, works for AMD.

Kelli Weldon

Austin Partners In Education seeks volunteers for 2014–15 school year

As Austin ISD students start classes Aug. 25, local nonprofit Austin Partners In Education is beginning its push to recruit volunteers at the AISD schools for which it provides tutoring and mentorship programs. more »

Aug 25, 2014 Southwest Austin

ACC board candidates announced

The field is set for three Austin Community College board trustee elections scheduled to take place Nov. 4. more »

Aug 25, 2014

Home sales dropped in July compared with the same time last year for the first time since May 2011.

Courtesy Austin Board of Realtors

Home sales dip for first time in three years

Austin-area home sales dropped 3 percent in July compared with the same time last year, the first such drop in more than three years, the Austin Board of Realtors announced Aug. 21. more »

Aug 25, 2014 Central Austin

Amy Denney

Austin rail supporters launch campaign to garner support for bond

Armed with slogans of “Traffic bites. Bite back” and “With roads and rail we cannot fail,” the Let’s Go Austin political action committee kicked off a campaign Aug. 20 to encourage support for the proposed $1 billion rail and road bond. more »

Aug 22, 2014 Northwest Austin (2 Comments)

These kittens are currently waiting to go to a good home.

Courtesy of Kasey Spain

Austin animal shelters offer specials to beat the summer heat

Summer can be a tough season for animal shelters, but those in the Austin have found ways to beat the heat and encourage the community to adopt. more »

Aug 22, 2014 Central Austin

Courtesy Aaron Vazquez

Trail of Lights to charge $3 weekend entry fee

Because of an increased number of visitors, the Trail of Lights will now charge a $3 weekend entry fee for those age 12 and older. more »

Aug 22, 2014 Central Austin

Amy Denney

New Domain entertainment venue to donate to Dell Children's Medical Center

Dell Children’s Medical Center is about to receive a donation from a new bar and entertainment venue opening at The Domain. more »

Aug 21, 2014 Central Austin

A bridge to help connect an existing gap in the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail will be installed by the end of the year.

Courtesy The Trail Foundation

Planned bridge to connect Lady Bird Lake trail gap

Shortly after debuting The Boardwalk on Lady Bird Lake, The Trail Foundation is already busy on its next project along the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail in Central Austin. more »

Aug 21, 2014 Central Austin (3 Comments)

Decision delayed on LCRA revised water management plan

A long-term plan for keeping the Austin area’s primary water supply intact was introduced August 15 but its approval remains uncertain. more »

Aug 20, 2014 Central Austin

10-1 Austin City Council redistricting

New monthly series highlights many of the top issues facing upcoming Austin City Council candidates and offers profiles of each of the new council districts

Higher Education Focus

Get updates on area colleges and universities. Also, learn information about Austin's trade school programs and the discounted services they offer area residents.

Transportation Updates

Each month, we will update readers about road construction projects in various stages of planning.

Austin Arts

Courtesy French Legation Museum

Learn more about the French Legation Museum, a hidden cultural gem in East Austin.

Austin dining

Photo by Jennifer Curington

Burnet Road staple The Pit Barbeque has used the same pit since the 1970s.

Austin business

Photo by Jennifer Curington

East End Wines strives to provide an expansive collection of new and familiar wines.

Austin business briefs

Photo by Joe Lanane

An Austin dog-walking service and a small-business shipping solution are highlighted in this month's Business Briefs.

Austin nonprofit

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National Alliance for Mental Illness celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.

Recent Highlights

Photos courtesy Jim Innes

See photos from the June 7 debut of Austin's newest attraction, The Boardwalk on Lady Bird Lake

Austin quality-of-life surveys

Learn what Austinites think of Austin in two recent survey results

Inside Info: MetroRapid

Learn more about Capital Metro’s newest bus system, MetroRapid.

Frozen Treats Guide

We compiled a list of Austin businesses that offer frozen treats in air-conditioned settings

Volunteer Guide

Learn about volunteer opportunities throughout Central Austin this coming year.

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