North Central Austin Edition | June 2022

HIGHLIGHTS TRAVIS COUNTY Commissioners Court extended the burn ban in unincorporated areas during its June 7 meeting. Travis County Fire Marshal Tony Callaway said a lack of humidity coupled with high temperatures would drastically increase the risk for re. Callaway said those dangerous conditions are likely to persist and are reminiscent of 2011 conditions—a particularly active re season for Central Texas that led to the Bastrop, Steiner Ranch and Pedernales res. Callaway said he is hopeful conditions will improve and the re season will not drag into September as it did in 2011. The burn ban will remain in eect until July 13.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING As of 2021, the availability of aordable and accessible housing continues to be sharply split between Austin's west side and the rest of the city, especially the east side. Subsidized housing units (existing) Subsidized housing units (planned) Report shows inequitable aordable housing AUSTIN As the city of Austin moves toward its goal of building more aordable housing, options have not been evenly available for residents across the city, a 2021 report from HousingWorks found. Nonprot HousingWorks’ report found that few aordable housing options existed on the west side of the city, with the majority of units clustered in East and South Austin. Lower-income districts 1, 2 and 3 encompassed 58% of available subsidized housing, while districts 6, 8 and 10—with some of the highest housing prices and rents— contained less than 6%. BY CHLOE YOUNG



AUSTIN Revised plans for the rede- velopment of a stretch of West Fourth Street are moving forward after the Austin Historic Landmark Commis- sion on June 1 declined to designate the buildings as historic—one month after a vote to initiate historic zoning on the properties. Developer Hanover Co. is plan- ning a 40-story residential tower on Fourth and adjusted its project outline to retain more buildings that were slated for demolition. Historic commission reverses Fourth Street decision BY BEN THOMPSON


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West Austin, including Districts 6, 8 and 10, has far less aordable housing than Central and East Austin

Austin City Council Will meet July 26 at 10 a.m. and July 28 at 9:30 a.m. 301 W. Second St., Austin austin-city-council

Travis County Commissioners Court Will meet July 5, 12 and 19 at 9 a.m. 700 Lavaca St., Austin commissionerscourt


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Imagine a Community... Where everyone has the opportunity to afford a home of their own. A community where we’re all better off because financial health and stability are in reach. At UFCU, we work alongside organizations that make housing more affordable and accessible for renters, and we make sure morgage loans are right for each homeowner. Because when more of us do well, it contributes to all of us doing better—and that’s the kind of change we’re here to make.






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