Landowners seek to sidestep Austin development rules using controversial new state law "Nearly 200 petitions have been submitted by landowners on the fringes of Austin's city limits seeking to circumvent its regulatory authority through deannexation — with almost 40% approved by the city so far — under a controversial new state law that some municipalities are challenging in court." (Bob Sechler, Austin Business Journal)

Lady Bird Lake, Lake Austin, Lake Travis among lakes with worst toxic algae blooms in U.S. "BlueGreen Water Technologies, a water bodies preservation company, released a report in September that listed Lady Bird Lake, Lake Austin and Lake Travis as being "hot zones" for toxic algae blooms. The lakes are the only bodies of water in Texas mentioned in the report." (Ryan Maxin, Austin American-Statesman)

New $250 million mixed-use development in Kyle given approval to move forward "Newquest Properties received approval from the Kyle City Council and the Hays County Commissioners Court on Dec. 19 to proceed with the development of the 101-acre Vybe Park on Bebee Road, just east of I-35 in Kyle." (Johann Castro, KVUE-ABC)

Plans for millions of square feet of mixed-use space on Colorado River in East Austin advance "The proposed "Bolm Colorado" project from Kairoi Residential would bring thousands of residences, a hotel, and millions of square feet of retail, office, dining and arts space to two riverside industrial sites off US 183, Levander Loop, Linger Lane and Bolm Road." (Ben Thompson, Community Impact)