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Leander swamped by record number of permit requests

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Leander swamped by record number of permit requests

The city of Leander has issued more than 1,000 permits for new homes this year—setting a new record for the city—and the number is still climbing.

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On Nov. 20, Cedar Park City Council and city staffers thanked the city’s Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee for the group’s efforts since February 2013 to update the comp plan.

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Cedar Park City Council OKs comprehensive plan update

On Nov. 20, Cedar Park City Council approved an updated version of the city’s comprehensive plan intended to outline the city’s long-term vision for growth and guide future zoning decisions. more »

Nov 21, 2014 3:00 PM Cedar Park | Leander

ACC bans e-cigs effective Jan. 5

The Austin Community College District board of trustees voted Nov. 17 to ban the use of electronic cigarettes on all ACC properties. more »

Nov 19, 2014 1:21 PM Central Austin

The first annual Living Leander Community Expo in November 2013 featured an indoor festival that showcased Leander's businesses, organizations and restaurants.

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Living Leander Community Expo set for Nov. 21

The Greater Leander Chamber of Commerce’s second annual Living Leander Community Expo promises a broader showcase of Leander’s wares than the inaugural event in 2013. more »

Nov 19, 2014 1:17 PM Cedar Park | Leander 1 Comments

Leander ISD announced Nov. 13 that Lucas Janda is the lone finalist for the district's chief financial officer position.

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LISD names top finalist for CFO position

Leander ISD announced Nov. 13 that Lucas Janda is the lone finalist for the district’s chief financial officer position, which will be vacant when Ellen Skoviera, assistant superintendent of business and operations, retires at the end of December. more »

Nov 19, 2014 11:02 AM Cedar Park | Leander

Voters OK $60M for Leander campus

Austin Community College declared victory Nov. 4 for two bond proposals that combine for nearly $386 million in districtwide construction and facility improvements. Both Proposition 1 and Proposition 2 passed with 57 percent of the vote. more »

Nov 19, 2014 12:35 AM , Cedar Park | Leander

Cedar Park offers $4.1M for property

Since September the city of Cedar Park has been working to purchase a 215-acre parcel of land from the city of Austin, but no deal has been made. more »

Nov 19, 2014 12:00 AM Cedar Park | Leander

Growth in Leander ISD slows

Leander ISD’s ranking among large, fast-growth school districts in Texas fell from No. 5 in 2013 to No. 14 in 2014, according to a demography report released by Population and Survey Analysts on Oct. 9. more »

Nov 19, 2014 12:15 AM Cedar Park | Leander

PEC to lower delivery charge on power bills

​Pedernales Electric Cooperative members will see lower monthly electric bills starting in December after the PEC board of directors voted to reduce the cooperative’s delivery charge. more »

Nov 19, 2014 12:25 AM Cedar Park | Leander

Leander sets up Oak Creek subdivision for two types of development incentives

On Oct. 29 construction began on the new Oak Creek project that is Leander’s first public improvement district, or PID. more »

Nov 19, 2014 12:00 AM Cedar Park | Leander

Consultant critiques Cedar Park map

Cedar Park’s draft land-use map has too much land zoned for office buildings and retail, Capitol Market Research President Charles Heimsath told Cedar Park City Council on Oct. 9. more »

Nov 19, 2014 12:25 AM Cedar Park | Leander

Filling in the gaps of Williamson County’s child foster care system

Amid growing concern for the state’s foster care system, a task force in Williamson County is considering improvements that can be made on a local level. more »

Nov 19, 2014 12:45 AM Cedar Park | Leander

Updated: Barnett resigns as county elections administrator

Former Williamson County Elections Administrator Jason Barnett resigned effective Nov. 13. On Nov. 18 members of the Williamson County Election Commission named Kay Eastes as interim elections administrator. more »

Nov 17, 2014 1:24 PM Georgetown

Cities set budgets for 2014–15

Homeowners in Cedar Park and Leander will pay lower property tax rates in fiscal year 2014–15 after both city councils approved new tax rates for their FY 2014–15 budgets in September. more »

Oct 15, 2014 12:56 AM Cedar Park | Leander

Leander Council mulls name change from Old FM 2243 to Hero Way

Leander City Council could vote to change the name of Old FM 2243 west of US 183 to Hero Way. more »

Nov 7, 2014 2:18 PM Cedar Park | Leander

Dell Children's unit at CPRMC closes

Cedar Park Regional Medical Center announced Nov. 6 that it will close its eight-bed pediatric inpatient unit operated by Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas, effective Nov. 8. more »

Nov 7, 2014 10:21 AM Cedar Park | Leander

Incumbent Tony Dale wins Texas House District 136 seat

According to unofficial results, incumbent State Rep. Tony Dale, R-Cedar Park, has won the Texas House of Representatives District 136 seat with 54.19 percent, or 20,829 votes more »

Nov 4, 2014 8:21 PM Vote Central Texas 1 Comments

City Council holds public hearing on annexation

During a special-called council meeting Oct. 29, Cedar Park City Council held a first public hearing about a proposed annexation of 858 acres and 1,400 houses in the Bella Vista and Twin Creeks subdivisions south of Cedar Park. more »

Oct 29, 2014 11:12 AM Cedar Park | Leander

Zimmerman, Flannigan and Wiley too close to call for District 6 runoff

The race for Austin City Council District 6 runoff was still undetermined as of 1 a.m. Don Zimmerman leads the race with 2,430 votes. James "Jimmy" Flannigan has 2,179 votes and Jay Wiley has 2,065 votes. more »

Nov 4, 2014 7:20 PM Vote Central Texas

Rotary Club to host Ebola preparedness session

The Rotary Club of Cedar Park plans to hold a special program Oct. 28 that will include information about local response and preparedness for the Ebola virus. more »

Oct 22, 2014 11:59 AM Cedar Park | Leander

Test engineers Brent Bauer (left) and Chris Minns work on a dynamometer calibration at Dana Holding Corp. in Cedar Park. The company was incentivized by the city in 2013 to create 80 jobs.

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Cedar Park incentivizes 200 rocket science jobs

Cedar Park’s space technology industry is poised to grow by 200 jobs by 2019 following City Council’s approval of a $1.225 million incentive deal Sept. 25. more »

Oct 15, 2014 12:55 AM Cedar Park | Leander

Nonprofit: Equine Rehabilitation of Central Texas

Photo by Elizabeth Hunter

At Equine Rehabilitation of Central Texas in Leander, what began as a rescue organization to help abused and neglected horses has expanded by using some of those same horses to help people with disabilities.

Beverage: Lala's Lemonade

Photo by David Weaver

It took lots of lemonade drinking and many tangy and tart trials, but after Lara Hill-Raich developed the recipe she liked, her lemonade business took off.

VOTE 2014

For those who believe the months of November and December are the most wonderful time of the year, gift-giving can be an essential part of getting in the holiday spirit. From jewelry to edibles to camping gear, many local retailers offer residents gift options that will support small businesses. Use this guide to find the perfect item for a loved one, colleague, family member or friend, and be inspired by the local offerings this holiday season.

Beverage: Waterfall Gourmet Beverages

Photo courtesy Amy Baird

Whether one is in need of coffee, tea or cereal with a special touch, Waterfall Gourmet Beverages is a one-stop provider of products for coffee shops and other commercial customers.

Business: Tamale Place

Photo by David Weaver

When Tina Gossack opened Sew Crazy almost two years ago, she used her creativity to design a colorful retail space that serves both as an outlet for her artistic abilities and an inspiration to other crafters.

Transportation Updates

Find out what progress is being made on roads near you.

Business: Flow Yoga

Photo by Lyndsey Taylor

Instead of going out for cocktails after work, Flow Yoga co-owner Kat McCool encourages everyone to unwind from their day with yoga happy hour.

Dining: PhoNatic Vietnamese Cuisine

Photo by Joe Olivieri

In 2010 Pat Lee noticed Vietnamese food had not yet gone mainstream. He and his wife, Sara, were operating a franchise of a Houston-based Vietnamese restaurant at the time.

Corridor: SH 45 and US 183

Navigate area of Lakeline Mall Drive and Pecan Park Boulevard with this guide to nearby businesses.

Education Focus 2014

Discover test scores, attendance zones and school feeder patterns for Leander ISD and Round Rock ISD.

Camping guide

Parks within two hours’ drive of Cedar Park and Leander offer multiple types of camping options from RV to primitive hike-in sites. Outdoor activities include boating, caving, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, scuba diving, swimming and water skiing. As the weather cools this fall, use this guide to find and explore some of the state’s most scenic areas.

Volunteer Guide 2014

Discover ways to get involved in local nonprofits and give back to your community.

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