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TEXAS TREE ORDINANCES IN DANGER OF BEING CUT

One of the 20 items Gov. Greg Abbott has asked lawmakers to consider during the upcoming special session, which will begin July 18, is outlawing local tree regulations. More than 50 cities and towns in Texas have ordinances aimed at protecting trees; many of the local rules require property owners to either pay a fee for removing trees or replant trees after they cut some down.

- The Texas Tribune

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DEVELOPMENT IN AUSTIN - GETTING STARTED

Find out what you need before you start your development project and what services are offered to ensure your project is successful and compliant with City code.  The following divisions offer development-related services for the community.

- The City of Austin Official Website

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GOVERNOR ABBOTT APPOINTS THREE TO THE TEXAS BOARD OF PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS

May 13th, 2016 – Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Albert Cheng and Cathy Norwood and reappointed Lamberto “Bobby” Ballí to the Texas Board of Professional Engineers (TBPE) for terms set to expire September 26, 2021. The TBPE licenses qualified engineers and regulates the practice of professional engineering.

- The State of Texas

CITY OF AUSTIN PARKLAND FEE CHANGES

City of Austin Parkland fees have gone up over the last few years.  See the link for the current rates which are based on density of the project.  These fees are subject to change October 1st.  The proposed fee changes are expected from the City sometime in August.

- The City of Austin Official Website

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PROPOSITION 1 PASSES IN AUSTIN - TRAFFIC CONDITIONS ARE SET TO IMPROVE

Proposition 1 aims to address Austin’s dreadful traffic congestion by upgrading major corridors, adding technological and engineering features to signals and roadways, and expanding public transit and pedestrian options so people have a variety of ways to reach their destinations. Such improvements are long overdue: In recent years, Austin’s traffic woes have been compared to congestion in Los Angeles and New York.

MODULARITY-BASED PROCEDURE FOR PARTITIONING WATER DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS INTO INDEPENDENT DISTRICTS

February 10, 2016 – In the last years, the Water Distribution System (WDS) design paradigms changed, moving from traditional pipe redundancy criteria, which lead to heavy looped distribution systems, to the development of water system partitioning aimed at an easier management of the water distribution system. 

- Advances in Engineering

2017 ACEC TEXAS UPCOMING EVENTS

- American Council of Engineering Companies of Texas

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INNOVATIVE TRAFFIC INTERCHANGES HELP DRIVERS AVOID CRASHES, SAVE LIVES

May 11, 2016 – The state of Missouri is adopting Diverging Diamond Interchanges (DDIs) named for their innovative design. At these interchanges drivers are diverted to the left side of the road prior to merging onto an interstate, freeway or highway. The first such interchange in the US opened in Springfield, Mo. in 2009. Recent studies from the University of Missouri have found that these unusual designs are safer and save lives.

- Science Daily

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CITY TO DECIDE MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR WAY TO IMPROVE AUSTIN TRAFFIC

February 25, 2016 – Council members voted to fund a $2.5 million five-year partnership with the University of Texas Center for Transportation Research. The funding will go towards research and analysis services from the CTR to help the Austin Department of Transportation field with future projects and transportation goals.

- KXAN