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I have been following the Land Use Code update process from before it was branded CodeNext. A Land Use Code is the set of regulations a city uses about how property is used and developed. It balances landowner rights while also looking out for overall community interests. A city’s land use code is not to be confused with deed restrictions or HOA rules. A property owner’s plan must meet all these rules.

Codes do get updated (the last in Austin was in 1984) but our land use code is older than that and the principals involved were from a very car-centric frame of mind. As such, the land use code has been a contributing factor to our city's biggest complaints. We also have the problems of so many little fixes, amendments, and neighborhood plans adopted

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Have you ever wondered, “What's so hard about selling a house? I can do that myself.” According to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), only 8% of homes sold per year are sold directly by the owner. There is a good reason for this; navigating the complete transaction of a home sale can be complicated. These are the questions you must ask yourself: What do I need to do in order to get the home ready for the market? Should I do any repairs/remodeling before putting it on? How will I market the home? and most importantly, At what price will I sell my home? Of course, within these questions are a hundred other questions that pop up. It can be stressful for the untrained person to consider. By not understanding the issues that can arise in a sales

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(BASTROP) A weekend full of history, culture, music, food, and fun will attract many to Bastrop for the 31st Bastrop Juneteenth Celebration Friday, June 15 and Saturday, June 16.

Visitors will especially be attracted to Saturday’s full-day events starting at 10 a.m. with the annual parade that travels down Main Street and ends at the Kerr Community Center Park on Walnut Street. Barbara Gail Clemons is this year’s parade marshall. The celebration continues with the Emancipation program at the Kerr Center beginning at 11:30 a.m. with Nelson Linder as the keynote speaker. By nightfall, celebrants will rock the evening starting at 8 p.m. at the street dance on Main and Spring Streets with Mz. Dre and 20neSoul.

For the car enthusiast, The Blue Flame

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Remember when all you wanted was for summer to finally arrive? Popsicles, pool times, and freedom from teachers and homework; we couldn’t wait to jump on our bikes and cruise the neighborhood all day or head off to camp with our fellow fun-seekers. Well, folks, it’s officially summertime in Central Texas. The kids are out of school, we’ve hit triple-digit temperatures, and we’re not the only ones looking for respite from the blazing Texas sun. Whether you're running around outside or cleaning out that shed or flowerbed, keep in mind the snakes are out.

Central Texas has a handful of venomous snakes that can quickly ruin your summer vacation if you're not paying attention. The good news, according to Texas Parks and Wildlife, is that you are more likely

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So you've got the house of your dreams but now what? Is there a "best time" to make purchases for the home that can bring the costs noticeably down? With Amazon, eBay, Etsy, and others just a click of the mouse away it would seem that home goods are available anytime. However, purchasing experts agree that seasonal shopping still exists and they have tips just for you to make those buying decisions easier on your mind and your wallet. Check out this updated monthly list of deals so that you can furnish your home without spending a lot of green.

January

  • It's New Year's resolution time and retailers are eager to sell you exercise equipment like treadmills, ellipticals, and weight loss/fitness trackers. Set up that garage home gym and track your
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Downtown Bastrop will be jamming with all kinds of live music at various venues at the Bastrop Music Festival Thursday, May 17 through Sunday, May 20. With hopes of this becoming an annual event, this first-time music festival has received extensive marketing in publications such as Texas Music magazine, Austin Monthly, and the San Antonio magazine.

Stewart Ramser, the publisher of Texas Music magazine, expressed interest in doing a music festival in Bastrop because of its unique venues and settings on Historic Main Street. Dale Lockett, president of Visit Bastrop, and Sarah O’Brien, Director of Bastrop Main Street, partnered with Ramser to plan this four-day music festival featuring 30 bands representing various genre including blues, country,

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The City of Austin is no stranger to energy efficiency innovation. In fact, the sustainability program run by the local utility company, Austin Energy, became a model for the creation of the national Energy Star program back in 1992. Austin Energy's mission - to safely deliver clean, affordable, reliable energy and excellent customer service - has been rewarded yet again as the winners of the 2018 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award.

Austin Energy, the City of Austin’s electric utility, is proud to announce that it received the 2018 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award for continued leadership and superior contributions to ENERGY STAR. Austin Energy’s accomplishments will be recognized by the U.S.

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(BASTROP) Along the banks of the Colorado River just off Hwy. 71E in Bastrop lies the Bastrop/Colorado River KOA Camp Grounds. This picturesque campground not only offers convenience to travelers looking for a break in their adventures but also provides a place to lay one's head for longer stretches of time.

For those in the midst of a real estate deal in the Bastrop area and are needing a temporary place to stay while transitioning into a permanent home, this KOA Campground is appealing for a number of reasons.

“The KOA brand has certain high standards of quality and a strong reputation in the camping world,” Elizabeth Kitay, Bastrop KOA owner said. “In general, we are cleaner and have more amenities than a state park does. Also, we value

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With interest rates on the rise, buyers have been asking, "How do higher interest rates really affect my monthly payment?" The answer might surprise you and it's not as much as you would think.

In this example, we're using a buyer with a 760 credit score putting 10% down on a $300,000 sales price using a 30 year fixed rate mortgage. The monthly principal and interest payment change is only $18.90 a month per .125% rise in interest rate.

Interest Rate Effects

Today's rates are still near half their historical average of over 8%. That provides continued opportunity to lock in very low rates, even if they are higher than in recent history. The days of 4% interest rates are behind us, for now, so maximizing your down payment is a vital component to keeping your payment

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As election time rolls around bonds for the improvement and expansion of the Dripping Springs School District will be up for a vote. This piece came across my desk and I am sharing this with all to help understand what is going on in this school district.

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