Council searching for cheap housing options, new city manager

Austin City Council (KXAN)
Austin City Council (KXAN)

AUSTIN (KXAN) – New affordable housing options, the city manager search and mobile home amenities are among the topics city council will cover at Thursday’s council meeting. Here’s a closer look:

Affordable housing partnership: City of Austin, Austin Independent School District and Travis County

This resolution would direct the city manager to explore partnership opportunities between the entities for affordable housing and other development projects. According to the resolution, several city committees and planning processes have indicated using public land is an important way to create affordable housing.

A related resolution would ask the city manager to identify city properties suitable for developing affordable housing, mixed use development and emergency shelter.

At 12:30 on Thursday at City Hall, elected officials of city council, Travis County Commissioners Court and AISD’s Board of Trustees will come together to announce their commitment to collaborate to create affordable housing in Austin.

Mobile home park amenities

This resolution seeks to make changes to the city’s zoning code that would do the following:

  • Require a new mobile home park to include a playground and at least one other type of recreation facility or area
  • Require a new mobile home park to provide community open space that can be used for community gardens or other open space activities
  • Require an existing mobile home park owner or licensee to provide areas where park residents can grow fruit and vegetables
  • Limit the ability of a mobile home park owner or licensee to charge a fee for residents to use the playground, recreation facility or are

Right now, the city requires mobile home parks to include a recreation area but there is no requirement for certain amounts of community open space or additional recreation areas. The motivation for the code change is the number of children growing up in these areas who could benefit from additional outdoor space.

New city manager hiring and public input process

Council could approve a resolution that spells out the hiring and public input process for the selection of a new city manager. A city council-appointed group will be involved in the selection process. The group will be made up of 11 members, one appointed by the mayor and each council member. The general public will have opportunities to give input as well, including at public hearings regarding the search criteria used by the search firm and selecting the new city manager from finalists. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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