Southwest Austin Edition - February 2020

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Small-business owners navigating higher costs Data shows commercial rents, vacancies expected to increase Amy Sinclair, the owner of Cobalt Blue Salon, relocated her business from an old space on West William Cannon Drive that she had been leasing for 12 years to a newly constructed storefront at Lantana Place in Southwest Austin last fall. The cost of rent at Lantana Place, which opened in 2018, is higher than what she had been paying previously; however, she said the new space oered benets such as ample parking that had not been present at the older shopping center. Also, a growing list of tenants in the new retail center has her optimistic about her business. “Financially, it’s still a little tight in this new location now, and it’s a little crazy to build out a new space, but now that it’s done I’m very pleased with it,” she said. Commercial real estate professionals project that rents and property taxes in the southwest region of Travis BY NICHOLAS CICALE

Early voting began Feb. 18 for the 2020 primary elections in Texas. When poll results come in on March 3, Tra- vis County voters will know most of the nominees who will appear on their November ballot, where they will make choices for positions from U.S. presi- dent to county constable. Unlike past years, when that Novem- ber election comes, voters in Texas will no longer have the option to press one button to go straight down the ticket to vote for every candidate from one Nomore straight- ticket voting In Nov. 2018, 62% of local voters utilized single-party option BY JACK FLAGLER

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In the last 20 years, straight-ticket voting has become increasingly popular.

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Dripping Springs has grown by nearly 82% in seven years, based on the U.S. Census Bureau’s Community Survey estimate released in Decem- ber. Although the city reports that 3,277 people live within the city limits, over 30,000 reside in the city’s large

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Now Open, Coming Soon &more TODO LIST Local events and things to do GOVERNMENT Land development code update EDUCATION Dripping Springs ISD looks at mental health eorts in school PrimaryElectionGuide2020 BALLOT LISTINGS 26 Candidates running in the March election 10 17 21

FROMDEEDA: We teach our children that sharing is caring, and as a parent who wants to lead by example I’m excited to join our Southwest Austin/Dripping Springs team to be able to share with you the news that aects our neighborhoods and families. I live just up (or down) the road from you in Circle C Ranch, so I care what happens to our roadways, schools and local businesses, and I know you do, too. Thank you for reading, and I hope to see you around, neighbor! Deeda Lovett, GENERALMANAGER

PUBLISHERS AND FOUNDERS John and Jennifer Garrett PUBLISHERAUSTINMETRO Travis Baker GENERAL MANAGER Deeda Lovett, dlovett@communityimpact.com EDITORIAL

EXECUTIVE EDITOR Joe Lanane MANAGING EDITOR Joe Warner EDITOR Nicholas Cicale, ncicale@communityimpact.com

FROMNICK: March is a busy month in the Austin area, with South By Southwest Conference & Festivals, spring breaks for Austin and Dripping Springs ISDs, and local primary elections. Look inside (see Page 10) for a list of activities taking place in March, or look further (see Page 26) to learn which candidates will be on ballots in Southwest Austin. Nicholas Cicale, EDITOR

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4 Nick Boyd Real Estate Co. LLC opened Jan. 1 at 5920 W. William Cannon Drive, Bldg. 3, Ste. 200, Austin. The commercial real estate firm works with investors and business owners to buy, sell and lease Central Texas properties. 512-213-4177. www.nickboydrealco.com 5 Scissors & Scotch , a men’s haircut and barber shop service, opened at Lantana Place, 7415 Southwest Parkway, Ste. 200, Austin, on Feb. 14. The shop offers haircuts, facial hair trims and shaves, and detailing such as nose, ear and eyebrow trims. All services also come with a complimentary drink. 512-758-4520.www.scissorsscotch. com/austin-services 6 University Federal Credit Union opened a new location in Southpark Meadows in mid-February at 301 W. Slaughter Lane, Austin. UFCU has several other South Austin locations, including in Sunset Valley and on Brodie Lane. 800-252-8311. www.ufcu.com 7 Whataburger opened a new location at 1616 E. Oltorf St., Austin, on Jan. 21. The restaurant design will feature outdoor patio seating, a dining area to seat 100, digital menus, and recycling and compost bins. This is the burger chain’s 19th restau- rant in Austin. www.whataburger.com COMING SOON 8 Restaurant chain 54th Street Grill , which specializes in craft burgers, steaks, sandwiches and Southern dishes, confirmed plans to open a South Austin location in 2021. The business submit- ted a site plan with the city of Austin in November for a 1.8-acre property at 127

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NOWOPEN 1 Baylor Scott & White Health opened its first full-service hospital in the city of Austin on Jan. 15 with Baylor Scott &White Medi- cal Center-Austin , and also celebrated with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony Feb. 6. The hospital is located in the Oak Hill area at 5251 W. Hwy. 290, Austin, on the same campus as a recently opened multispecialty clinic. The hospital and clinic will coordinate care of 14 medical specialties, including

orthopedics, podiatry, OB-GYN, general surgery, gastroenterology, dermatology, pain management, neurology, cardiology, urology, endocrinology, rheumatology, breast surgery and physical therapy. 512-654-2100. www.bswhealth.com/austin 2 Dimassi’s Mediterranean Buffet opened in South Austin at 701 E. Stassney Lane, Unit B, Austin, on Feb. 16. The Texas restaurant chain offers a lunch and dinner buffet that includes salads, hum- mus, rice, hot vegetables, chicken, lamb,

fish, kabobs, appetizers such as falafel and pita bread, and desserts. Dimassi’s also has a location in North Austin on Research Boulevard. www.dimassis.com 3 In January Gold’s Gym opened a new South Austin location at 8900 S. Congress Ave., Austin. The facility at South Congress and Slaughter Lane will be the 19th Gold’s Gym location in the Austin area and offers its members fitness classes, equipment and access to trainers. 512-956-4490. www.goldsgym.com/slaughter

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“natural fermentation process” to create a sourdough crust. 12 Greater Goods Coffee Co. on Jan. 30 was announced as a future tenant for the St. Elmo Public Market, located at 4329 S. Congress Ave., Austin. An Austin-based coffee roaster founded by Trey Cobb and Khanh Trang, the company opened its first location in 2015 in Dripping Springs and has since opened two additional cafes. An open- ing date has not yet been set. www.greatergoodsroasting.com 13 Texas Sake Co. plans to move into a space at The Yard as its permanent home later in 2020. The space, which is located at 400 E. St. Elmo Road, Ste. B-2, Austin, will include a tap room and brewery for production. Texas Sake Co. currently has a location in Central Austin on North Lamar Blvd. www.txsake.com ANNIVERSARIES 14 Circle C Orthodontics is celebrating its 10th anniversary this February. Located at 5700 W. Slaughter Lane, Ste. 300, Austin, the practice is run by Dr. Fidel Del Toro and Dr. Jonathon Kimes and offers standard or- thodontics services, including braces of var- ious types, such as Invisalign and brackets. 512-394-0930. www.austin-braces.com 15 Personal fitness training studio Fixed by Fitness , located at 3601 W. William Cannon Drive, Ste. 50, Austin, celebrates its first year of business March 1. Fixed by Fitness specializes in training adults aged 40 and up “who want to move pain free, feel stronger and become healthier.” 970-367-7148. www.fixedbyfitness.com

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9 AGE of Central Texas , an organiza- tion that supports older adults and their caregivers, has purchased land at 9400 Alice Mae Lane, Austin, for the site of its future South Center. Rob Faubion, a communications representative for AGE of Central Texas, said the organization is “still fundraising for the construction costs, with the hopes of breaking ground toward the end of this year.” According to Faubion, the new center will include an adult day health center licensed for 75 daily members; a computer lab with technology classes “for seniors, taught by seniors”; a health equipment lending program; an early memory-loss support program; and more. The South Center will join AGE of Central Texas’ existing location at 3710 Cedar St., Austin. 512-600-9277. www.ageofcentraltx.org 10 Easy Tiger , the beer garden and bake shop, will open a third location at 3508 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin, in the space previously occupied by Red’s Porch, according to a me- dia release. The local business has two stand- alone locations—in downtown Austin and at the Linc development—as well as an outpost at Whole Foods in Cedar Park. The new South Lamar location, designed by Michael Hsu Office of Architecture, is expected to open in winter 2020. www.easytigerusa.com 11 Fire Dance Pizza will open its first brick-and-mortar store and first Austin location at the under construction St. Elmo Public Market, 4329 S. Congress Ave., Austin. The business has Hawaiian roots and is owned by Shannon Wiener and Alex Webster. According to a Jan. 30 news release, the restaurant uses a

FEATURED IMPACT EXPANSIONS Cafe Monet , a paint-your-own pottery studio, will expand its Westgate location in February. The studio, located at 4477 S. Lamar Blvd., Austin, is growing into the unit located next door, which formerly housed Merle Norman Cosmetics. The added space will function as a full clay studio with eight potter wheels and two large tables for hand building with clay. Currently, Cafe Monet oers visitors the chance to paint and decorate pottery to take home. With the expanded space, customers will also be able to shape the clay and follow “clay recipe cards” to create their own pottery pieces from scratch. According to studio owner Jules Winson, the revamped Cafe Monet will present a unique opportunity for walk-ins to explore pottery making. NAME CHANGE 16 The Dove Springs Recreation Center was officially renamed the George Morales Dove Springs Recreation Center in De- cember, after the change was approved by Austin City Council. Travis County Precinct 4 Constable George Morales III—the cen-

“It’s the only place in Austin where you can walk in o the street and learn to work with clay,” Winson said. The studio will also oer birthday parties, team-building events, ladies nights, homeschooling programs and six-week courses “for those who wish to expand upon their knowledge,” Winston said. Cafe Monet also has a location in Central Austin on West Guadalupe Street in the triangle. 512-892-3200. www.cafemonet.org

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The Austin Parks Foundation’s springs cleanup takes place across Austin. Volunteer opportunities for specic parks can be found online. About 3,000 people participated in last year’s cleanup. Times and locations vary. Free. 512-477-1566. www.austinparks.org/impd (Courtesy Austin Parks Foundation)

Rodeo Austin features rodeo events, livestock shows, daily live music and other entertainment over the course of two weeks. Event times vary. Tickets start at $20. Travis County Exposition Center, 9100 Decker Lane, Austin. 512-919-3000. www.rodeoaustin.com (Courtesy Rodeo Austin)

The Austin area’s annual World Golf Championship match play event features 64 of the top-ranked golfers in the world. Match times vary each day. Daily tickets begin at $120. Austin Country Club, 4408 Long Champ Drive, Austin. www.pgatour.com (Jay Jones/Community Impact Newspaper)

FEBRUARY 29 ANDMARCH07, 14 ‘I PICKED YOUA FLOWER’ Vault Stone Shop’s art exhibition runs Saturdays through March 14. The gallery features works by artists Alison Sagebiel, Carlos Carballo, M.E. Laursen, Jaime Reynolds, Josh Row, Navasota Sering,

organized by I Live Here I Give Here— returns with a 24-hour period to support local nonprots. Amplify Austin Day has raised $57 million for charities over the past seven years. This year’s goal is to raise $12 million for more than 750 organizations. 6 p.m.-6 p.m. Donations can be made online. 512-717-4190. www.amplifyatx.org

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vote in local, state and national primary elections. Turn to Page 25 for a full list of candidates that will appear on the local South Austin ballot. 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. All Travis County and Hays County polling locations. www.sos.state.tx.us 05 THROUGH06 AMPLIFY AUSTINDAY Austin’s eighth annual day of giving—

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07 RIDE FOR A REASON The four-hour indoor cycling relay at Life Time Fitness raises funds to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital—which oers families free medical care—and the Life Time Foundation—a nonprot that promotes healthy school food. Participants can ride solo or with a team and can ride for anywhere from one to four hours. 8 a.m.-noon. Registration is free, but a minimum fundraising goal or donation of $250 per participant is suggested. Life Time Fitness, 7101 S. MoPac, Austin. Registration and donations can be made online at www.fundraising.stjude.org/ site/TR?fr_id=119535&pg=entry 07 AUSTINWATER LANTERN FESTIVAL The festival includes food trucks and live music, a chance to design your own lantern and a nighttime launch in the Mueller area in East Austin. The festival is organized by the same group that hosts the event in cities around the world, including Athens, Greece; Bogota, Colombia; and Hanoi, Viternam. 4-10 p.m. Prices start at $45.99. Mueller Lake Park, 4550 Mueller Blvd., Austin. www.waterlanternfestival.com 07 THROUGH08 AND 1719 BABY GOAT CUDDLING The family farm and goat dairy welcomes the public to play with and feed the farm’s baby goats on weekends in March. Tickets must be purchased in advance on eventbrite.com. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $15 (children), $25 (adults). Pure Luck Farm and Dairy, 3000 Martin Road, Dripping The Bold take on New Mexico United for their rst home game of the 2020 USL Championship soccer season. 7:30 p.m. $15-$35. Bold Stadium, 9201 Circuit of The Americas Blvd., Austin. 512-872-8700. www.austinboldfc.com 13 GROWTHE VILLAGE GALA 2020 Foster Village Austin hosts its annual fundraising gala in Dripping Springs. Guests enjoy dinner, an open bar and dessert while participating in live and Springs. 512-659-5516. www.purelucktexas.com 07 AUSTIN BOLD FC GAME

silent auctions and listening to speakers. Foster Village provides resources to foster children and caregivers. 7-10 p.m. Individual tickets start at $140, with sponsorships and table options available. Canyonwood Ridge, 250 S. Canyonwood Drive, Dripping Springs. www.fostervillageaustin.org/gala 16 THROUGH 18 CAMPFIRE GATHERING MUSIC FESTIVAL Camp Lucy Resort will host its inaugural music festival in Dripping Springs, with artists including Shakey Graves, Margo Price, Colter Wall, Orville Peck, Deer Tick, White Denim and more. Marketed as a “summer camp for music lovers,” festival guests can also participate in activities at the resort, such as shing, archery, hiking and swimming, and can shop at a marketplace. On-site lodging options are also available for purchase. The event runs from 6 p.m. (Mon.)-noon (Wed.). Three-day tickets start at $600. Camp Lucy Resort, 3509 Creek Road, Dripping Springs. www.campregathering.com 16 THROUGH 20 SPRING BREAK Austin ISD and Dripping Springs ISD are closed in observance of spring break from March 16-20. Classes resume in both districts March 23. www.austinisd.org, www.dsisdtx.us 18 REVIVAL EXPERIENCE Lucky Arrow Retreat hosts Revival Experience, a one-day festival with music, food and activities. On-site lodging at Lucky Arrow Retreat is also available. Noon-11 p.m. Tickets start at $229 and can be purchased online. 3600 Bell Springs Road, Dripping Springs. 512-400-4197. www.luckyarrowretreat.com 22 PUG SPRING GALA 2020 Mercury Hall hosts an event that celebrates the start of spring while raising money for Pug Rescue of Austin. The pug-themed event includes a silent auction, live music, small bites and drinks for purchase. Dogs are not permitted at the gala. 4-7 p.m. Tickets start at $35. Mercury Hall, 615 Cardinal Lane, Austin. https://austinpugrescue.ticketleap.com

South By Southwest hosts an annual free concert series at Auditorium Shores. (Photos by Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)

FEATURED EVENT SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE & FESTIVALS MARCH 1321 The annual conference and festival brings artists, musicians, politicians and speakers to the Austin area. Ocial South By Southwest conference tracks and exhibitions begin March 13 and continue through March 21. Conference topics include climate and social action, media and journalism, sports, health business, video games and design. The SXSW lm and comedy festivals also run from March 13-21. The music festival begins March 16 and ends March 22. Ocial SXSW shows and conference events require badges for entry. Other free shows also take place throughout the week at various Austin locations. Badge prices start at $1,270. Pricing for individual shows may vary. Times and locations vary. www.sxsw.com

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TRANSPORTATIONUPDATES

COMPILED BY NICHOLAS CICALE & AMY DENNEY

Capital Metro investsmore in electric buses

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Next Violet Crown Trail section to break ground this summer Work on a new portion of the Violet Crown Trail connecting the Sunset Valley trail section to the section at William Cannon Drive will begin this summer. Once the new section is complete, the Violet Crown Trail will run continuously from Zilker Park to the Circle C Ranch area in South Austin, near the Lady Bird Johnson Wildower Center. Additional future projects are planned to extend the trail further south and into Hays County, with a goal of having about 30 miles of connected trails south of the Colorado River. The new section of trail will also connect to the Garza Ranch mixed-use develop- ment at the corner of William Cannon Drive and MoPac. At the property, the trail will fork, with one section crossing under the MoPac near Ben Garza Lane and the second continuing south.

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An excess in sales tax revenue will mean Capital Metro can purchase two additional electric buses to put into service during peak periods. The additional two buses will bring Capital Metro’s initial electric-bus investment to 12 vehicles in 2020, up from the 10 buses approved last April. By 2024, the agency aims to have 80 electric buses in service. During scal year 2018-19, the regional transit agency received an additional $17 million in sales tax revenue than originally budgeted, an amount that was 7.5% higher than in FY 2017-18, Chief Financial Ocer Reinet Marneweck said in December. The agency opted to put $15 million in its capital expansion fund for future needs, she said. The remaining $2 million will fund the additional electric buses. Capital Metro’s board of directors approved amending the FY 2019- 20 budget Jan. 27 to include the additional $2.1 million expense for the buses.

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The Violet Crown Trail is being constructed in South Austin.

Head of Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority resigning after 16 years of leadership

when the agency became operational. He said in a news release that the job has been his most rewarding. “I’m humbled to have served beside our board and sta, and I have never been more condent that the Mobil- ity Authority is poised for incredible growth and continued success,” he said in a statement. “As I close this chapter of my life, I look forward to applying the experience I’ve gained here and the best practices I’ve learned to suc- cessfully deliver major infrastructure projects, which could benet many other organizations across the state and country.” Heiligenstein plans to remain in his role until the agency transitions to a new leader. The Mobility Authority oversees toll projects such as Toll 183A, Toll 290, the MoPac express lanes, and SH 45 SW in South Austin and northern Hays County.

After 16 years of overseeing Central Tex- as Regional Mobility Authority projects, Executive Director Mike Heiligenstein announced Jan. 29 he is stepping down.

In 2002, the Texas Legislature created the agency to develop regional transpor- tation options. Heiligenstein was named the executive director the following year

In 2020, Capital Metro will put 12 electric buses into service.

ALL INFORMATION ON THIS PAGE WAS UPDATED AS OF 2620. NEWS OR QUESTIONS ABOUT THESE OR OTHER LOCAL TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS? EMAIL US AT SWANEWSCOMMUNITYIMPACT.COM.

Mike Heiligenstein (left) is stepping down as the executive director of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority.

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DEVELOPMENT UPDATES

Developments underway in your community

Address: 600 Industrial Blvd., Austin Timeline: not yet broken ground Size: 4.3 acres 400-UNIT, MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENT IN ST. ELMODISTRICT APPROVED

SOUTHAUSTIN Following almost four months in front of Austin City Council, a mixed-use development planned for the 4.3-acre tract on Industrial Boulevard received final approval from Austin City Council in February. The project, proposed in the St. Elmo area, was first presented to the City Council dais in October. After a track that included a pair of preliminary approvals and a pair of postponements, City Council granted a necessary zoning change and moved the mixed-use project forward. The project will include 400 multifamily units, 12,850 square feet of retail space and a 5,326-square-foot brewery, according to city documents. Developers plan to offer 10% of the units at subsidized rates, with 16 of the units offered to people making 80% of the median family income—$75,500 for a family of four, $52,850 for an individual—and 24 of the units offered to those making 60% or below of the median family income—$56,760 for a family of four, $39,780 for an individual. According to Fletcher Roberts of Keller Capital, the property’s owner, the affordability details remain to be finalized. During a preliminary Dec. 5 meeting, District 3 City Council Member Pio Renteria voted in favor of the project, but called the decision “tough.” “We’re going to be losing a lot of our industrial sites in that area and commercial sites,” Renteria said. “I’m willing to convert that whole area, but ... I really feel like we need to be able bring in affordability into that area, and I don’t feel like we have enough there. I don’t want to turn this into a high-income area where South Austin cannot afford to live there anymore.”

DEVELOPMENT DETAILS

Property size: 4.3 acres

Housing: 400 multifamily units

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NEWHAMILTONPOOLROADFIRE STATIONNOWOPERATIONAL DRIPPING SPRINGS Hamilton Pool Fire Station No. 606, a roughly $4 million facility located north of Dripping Springs, had its grand opening ceremony Jan. 25. The station will have 12 firefighters assigned to it.

Retail: 12,850 square feet

Brewery: 5,326 square feet

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40 units will be reserved for low- income tenants

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Local Tex-Mex chain Trudy’s led for bankruptcy Jan. 22. (Jack Flagler/ Community Impact Newspaper)

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BUSINESS NEWS

UPLANDS CORPORATE CENTERBREAKS GROUNDONSECONDBUILDING SOUTHAUSTIN Construction has begun on Uplands Corporate Center Phase 2, a 124,405-square-foot office building that will be located on a 48-acre site at 5301 Southwest Parkway, Austin. This phase of the project broke ground in December and is expected to open by the end of 2020, according to a news release by real estate groups CBRE and Drawbridge Realty. The first phase of the Uplands Corporate Center, a 167,369-square-foot office building, is also now fully leased, according to the release. Tenants include “professional firms from the energy, financial services, legal and technology industries.” At full build-out of the property, Uplands Corporate Center will include an expanded parking garage and outdoor amenities, including walking trails and a food truck area. The two phases will total over 290,000 square feet of office space once complete. “The Southwest submarket of Austin is growing quickly and is seeing a lot of interest from companies relocating to and within Austin,” said Troy Holme, CBRE Austin executive vice president, in the release. “What we saw with the [leasing] up at Uplands Corporate Center Phase 1 is that companies are very attracted to the Southwest Parkway’s convenient access to both downtown and the airport.” Address: 5301 Southwest Parkway, Austin Timeline: December 2019-late 2020 Size: 124,405 square feet

AUSTINFC SOCCER STADIUM CONSTRUCTIONONTIME FOR 2021 NORTHAUSTIN Structures are taking shape at the site of the Austin FC soccer stadium in North Austin, and it will not be long before the steel and concrete resembles a stadium. “We’re on time right now, which I think is a testament to the 450 people that are out here every day, and specifically with the demand of the Austin [construction] market,” said Jordan Enke, vice president of stadium operations for Austin FC. “The nice thing about working in sports is it has an appeal to it. While it is difficult, and this is a complex project, in talking to all the people who are out here [working], they’re excited to be a part of this.” At the site of the stadium off Burnet Road in North Austin, crews are now erecting the stands and structure for the canopy that will cover the stands. Austin FC, the city’s Major League Soccer team, broke ground on the 20,500-seat stadium in September. The stadium is slated to be finished in spring 2021 for the team’s first season. Crews are working six days a week, and this summer, residents will see construction hit a major milestone. “Our largest milestone that will be most recognizable and iconic is the completion of our roof canopy. That will happen in our July timeframe,” Enke said. “That will also give us a good idea of when we can schedule our first match here.”

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GOVERNMENT Austin’s 8-year eort to rewrite land code advances to nal vote

BY CHRISTOPHER NEELY

Hours into the conversation Feb. 12, as the 7-4 votes continued to pile up, Adler oered a compromise to members of the minority. Tovo proposed an amendment that would reduce many proposed transition zones to a depth of two lots. Transition zones, among the most contentious aspects of the rewrite process, are zoning catego- ries that allow moderate housing density and typically fall between the less dense neighborhood interiors where single-family homes are located and the highly dense transportation corridors where high- rises are found. “If you get this,” Adler asked Tovo and Alter, “would you support the [entire] land-development code?” Tovo, Alter and Kitchen said such a change would be a crucial step toward their support of the code and rebuilding community trust. City sta projects the new code would create the capacity for the city to build 350,000 to 400,000 units overall. Sta told council Tovo’s pro- posal would reduce the city’s housing capacity by just 400 units. Some council members appeared amenable to the idea. District 6 Council Mem- ber Jimmy Flannigan said he hoped City Council could bring themselves and the community back together “as much as we can.” City Council is now waiting for city sta to take the approved changes and publish a new draft of the code and zoning maps. Council is scheduled to take its nal vote in late March or early April.

Following three days of debate over a proposed overhaul of the rules governing Austin’s land use, a majority of City Council voted in favor of the plan Feb. 13, setting the stage for a nal vote on a project that has polarized the community for roughly eight years. In its second of three votes, City Council approved the proposed rewrite of the city’s land-develop- ment code and zoning maps with a 7-4 vote, with Council Members Kathie Tovo of District 9, Leslie Pool of District 7, Ann Kitchen of District 5 and Alison Alter of District 10 objecting to the plan. The same four council members regularly found themselves in the minority through the 62 votes on line item and directional changes City Council made. City Council is now poised to make a nal decision on the new land-de- velopment code and zoning maps in late March or early April. It would mark the culmination of roughly eight years of taxing work by the community to bring its 36-year-old land-use rules into the 21st century. The deliberation accentuated the conicting land-use ideologies held by the community and elected ocials. Tensions rose at several points, with members in the majority voting bloc refusing to engage with members in the minority. Alter called the tenor of the proceedings “indefensible” and said the way some council members were being treated was “inappropriate.”

Austin City Council is poised to make a nal vote on the land-development code rewrite in late March or early April. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Austin City Council’s 62 amendment decisions on the proposed land-development code from Feb. 11-13 emphasized a division between seven council members in the majority and four in the minority. The second reading of the new code ultimately passed with a 7-4 vote, setting up a nal decision in the spring.

VOTE

62 total amendment decisions 18 unanimous decisions 18 Decisions inwhich Council Members Kitchen, Tovo, Alter

and Pool were the loneminority votes. 26 split decisionswith other combinations

MAJORITY IN FAVOR

MINORITYOPPOSED

District 5 Ann Kitchen

District 7 Leslie Pool

District 1 Natasha Harper-Madison

District 2 Delia Garza

District 3 Sabino "Pio" Renteria

District 9 Kathie Tovo

District 10 Alison Alter

District 4 Greg Casar

District 6 Jimmy Flannigan

District 8 Paige Ellis

Mayor Steve Adler

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