Government Relations News
Report slams Austin's permitting process
Under pressure from both development and neighborhoods, the City of Austin staff released the “Zucker Report”, commissioned by the 2014 City Council to assess and make recommendations on what HBA members already knew – Austin is one of the worst Cities in the US.
View entire report
: (page of links to into, and chapters)
PAC wraps up Council visits
The HBA PAC leadership wrapped up its meeting with the City Council members. At this point they have met with each of the City Council members (or the key staff) except one. View Gallo meeting.
Rally Day proves successful
Rally Day at the Texas Capitol was a successful time to present the Texas Association of Builders legislative agenda to fifteen Representatives and Senators from the greater Austin region. View meeting with state Representative Larry Gonzales. A special “Tip of the Hat” to the HBA volunteers who assisted: Megan Ables, Debbie Adams, Carol Baker, Glen Barton, Ken Blaker, Jay Conner, Margaret Gilbreth, Bradford Giles, Lisa Hall, Janet Hobbs, Robert Kleeman, Devin Kleinfelder, DeWayne Krawl, D’Nita Kuhn, Bill Meyer, Chris Peterson, Joe Pullen, Hank Smith, Matt Swihart, Lee Whitaker, Wes Wigginton. View Representative Gonzales meeting.
HBA requests amendments to Visitability Ordinance
HBA sent a letter on visitability to Austin City Council requesting amendments to the “Visitability Ordinance”. View Letter
. This follows our letter last week on electrical connection fees. See supporting attachment
San Marcos environmental workshop
The City of San Marcos held an environmental workshop on March 5, to solicit builder and developer input on the environmental component of the draft Unified Development Code. The session was the last of the staff initiated technical meetings this week. The discussions covered water quality, flood plain, erosion standards, bikeways, plants as infrastructure (among many). The next step will be for the City and their consulting team to prepare drafts for public review. HBA comments focused on the need to not “double up on requirements” with true credits of infrastructure reductions for built improvements, to use TCEQ as baseline standards until proven inadequate, and avoid “one-size-fits-all” solutions. Tip of the hat to HBA members, Becky Collins, Harrison Hudson, and Robert Kleeman for their comments.
Green Infrastructure Working Group met Feb. 20
Austin’s Green Infrastructure Working Group Meeting (GIWG) on February 20 had discussion about Land Use and Natural Function. Find a pdf with detailed meeting notes
and the PowerPoint (slideshow
) on GIWG webpage
. If you couldn’t attend, or if you attended and thought of things you want to add, please pass these along to Matt via email
or your choice of communication.
Austin's Imagine Austin stakeholder meeting March 13
Austin also wants to remind you of next meeting on Friday, March 13. The topic will be “Integrate Nature into the City.” Start a bit early for an optional tour of the green stormwater infrastructure on the library site! They formerly titled this “Landscape and Green Transitions.” You’ll talk a lot about this, but will range into the larger topic of “integration of nature into the city,” which, along with “Sustainably Manage Our Water Resources” and “Healthy City” are core and very synergistic concepts in our Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan. See plan pp. 191-92; 195-97; and 205-06.
The meeting will be held at a new location:
Twin Oaks Library
1800 S 5th St 78704
Friday, March 13
1 pm – 4 pm
Come early (12:45 PM) for tour of green stormwater infrastructure on the library site! Parking on site; Woodrow/S. 5th bus route.
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