Lawmakers mull tweaks to eminent domain law to favor landowners

Lawmakers mull tweaks to eminent domain law to favor landowners

  • April 8, 2016
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State lawmakers next session may renew an age-old clash between two intrinsically Texan values: property rights and energy interests. The Senate Committee on State Affairs heard testimony Tuesday on whether to tighten eminent domain laws to benefit landowners battling pipeline companies, electric utilities, public agencies or other entities seeking to condemn land their land for public use. Ahead of the 2017 legislative session, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick charged lawmakers with studying whether landowners were being fairly compensated for lost property.…

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Hamilton Pool is making some big changes this summer — read this before you go

Hamilton Pool is making some big changes this summer — read this before you go

  • April 2, 2016
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The extreme growth that Austin has undergone over the past decade can now count one of the Hill Country’s most famous green spaces as a victim. Today, the Travis County Commissioners Court enacted a new plan to help curb the staggering amount of visitors to Hamilton Pool. This new plan requires anyone visiting the pool from May 15 to Sept. 30 to make a reservation, either online or in the Parks Reservations Office. Overwhelming traffic in the summer months is…

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Austin Mayor proclaims March 31st as Craig Smith Day in honor of HCA friend and long-time water quality advocate

In honor of Craig Smith’s tireless efforts to help initiate the Barton Springs Zone Regional Water Quality Protection Plan and lead the working group, the City of Austin has recognized the achievement that provided a framework for local governments to adopt standards premised on the belief that water quality is vital to every person, by appointing March 31st as Craig Smith Day. Congratulations Craig! In December 2002, Hays County Judge Jim Powers and Austin City Council Member Daryl Slusher convened…

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Workshop provides landowners with information on conservation easements

Workshop provides landowners with information on conservation easements

The Hill Country Alliance (HCA) and the Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust (GBRT) are hosting a landowner workshop on Friday, May 13. This workshop will focus on conservation easements—a tool available to help landowners steward and protect their land investment in the long term. Conservation easements are one of the most flexible and effective means to protect private property. A conservation easement is a voluntary legal agreement that ensures a property will forever be conserved according to the landowner’s wishes. This agreement…

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