My name is Marcus Cooper, Public Information Officer with the Texas Department of Transportation's Austin District. I wanted to make you aware of a series of asphalt paving operations that will be taking place along the frontage road of MoPAC over the next few weeks. We felt it important to contact your neighborhood association to inform your homeowners of what is about to happen. Please feel free to forward this information to your homeowners to let them know what TxDOT is doing.
MetroRapid, a faster bus that stops at fancier stations than regular bus, could open on Lamar in 2011 and on Burnet in 2013, CapMetro’s vice president for strategic planning said at the August meeting of Sustainable Neighborhoods.
Twenty-five people attended the meeting.
Todd Hemingson said the Burnet line will run from the Domain to downtown, and then down South Lamar. Buses will run every 10 minutes during peak hours and every 15 minutes during non-peak hours.
By contrast, the regular #3 bus on Burnet runs every 21-24 minutes.
Last Thursday, August, 20, 2009, twenty-five Allandale residents showed up at Hangtown Grill to learn, discuss, and strategize on what to do about recent efforts to split lots in Allandale. There are a four cases before the City's Zoning and Patting Commission (ZAP) seeking approval for the replatting. According to the City's attorneys, ZAP has no authority over deed restrictions. It's a private matter. As long as the resulting lots conform to city code (for SF2 in Allandale's case), and do not require a variance, ZAP must approve the resubdivision. Allandale believes otherwise. Local residents hired an attorney to research the law and passed along his findings to the City. According to the attorney, state law does require the City to honor deed restrictions. It prohibits "replatting/resubdividing if it attempts to amend or remove any covenants or restrictions," which the proposed resubdivisions on Woodview and Montiview and Shoalmont and Geraghty would do. The discovery has not changed the City's mind and that is where things stand.
Beginning Monday, Aug. 24, the Austin Water Utility (AWU) will enact Stage 2 Mandatory Watering Restrictions because of the exceptional drought inCentral Texas and recommendations made by the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA).
Stage 2 Watering Restrictions are in line with the 2009 Drought Contingency Plan authorized by Council earlier this year. The plan states the City Manager may order additional water restrictions when the combined lake storage levels of Lakes Travis and Buchanan is less than 900,000 acre-feet. That level was reached on Aug. 12.