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Parking Surplus or Deficit in Downtown Austin?

Posted in City of Austin, Downtown Commission by Bryan Cady on December 13, 2009

Downtown Austin Available Public Parking

Chris Schorre of the City of Austin Downtown Commission has put together a map of public parking currently available in downtown Austin that may help answer this question (See Map).

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City of Austin Green Standards Could Change

Posted in City of Austin by Bryan Cady on November 18, 2009

In response to developers’, city officials’ and commission appointees’ concerns that the city’s energy standards are confusing and that they slow development, Austin Energy is proposing a standardized green building rating system across development types.

Currently, different rating systems apply to commercial, residential and multifamily projects. The proposed changes, which are planned to go before the city manager for approval early next year, would implement the same criteria across all sectors that the city council has already adopted for master-planned communities, or planned-unit developments.

Austin Energy is also proposing a required pre-approval for buildings outside of city planning and commissions, along with a signed waiver by developers acknowledging agreed-upon requirements and their responsibility to communicate these to their architects and builders.

Source: Austin Business Journal

Downtown Austin Plan – Town Hall Meeting Notes

Posted in City of Austin by Bryan Cady on November 4, 2009

Notes from the October 10, 2009 Town Hall Meeting are now available at http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/downtown/downtownaustinplan.htm.

You will also find a notice of the upcoming November 14, 2009 Town Hall Meeting on Downtown Austin Plan Parks and Open Space.

Imagine Austin: Invitation to the Austin Comprehensive Plan Forums

Posted in City of Austin by Bryan Cady on November 4, 2009

The City of Austin has begun its comprehensive planning process called “Imagine Austin”. This is a vital opportunity to get involved and help shape the future direction of the city. The comprehensive plan lays out the vision for the community and answers critical questions such as “where are we going” and “how do we get there”. If you’re concerned about transportation, affordable housing, land development, the environment, the economy, etc., you will definitely want to be involved.

Below are details regarding community forums taking place the week of November 9th where you can weigh in with your thoughts about Austin’s future. Visit http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/compplan/ to sign up to get notices directly from the City of Austin or for contact information for City of Austin staff members.