Lake Austin Collective area neighborhoods are home to a variety of wildlife protected by the Endangered Species Act, including the golden-cheeked warbler.
A permit is required to disturb or remove endangered species habitat any time of year, but even permit-holders cannot disturb golden-cheeked warbler habitat between March 1 and August 31. This means no cutting down trees and avoiding noisy construction disturbances during this 6-month period.
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The Balcones Canyonlands Preserve (BCP) is a system of preserve lands that span about 32,000 acres across Travis County. The BCP operates under a regional 10(a) permit issued under the Endangered Species Act by the US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFW) and strives to provide habitat for eight endangered species and 27 species of concern. Of most concern are cave bugs, songbirds, aquatic salamanders and rare plants. The BCP also looks for opportunities to immerse Austinites in nature, including trail hikes, wild cave tours and restoration projects.
Learn about BCP guided hikes, educational events and volunteer opportunities at the new BCP-wide calendar here.
The Hill Country Roadway Ordinance (HCRO) was passed in 1986 to preserve and protect the unique physical beauty of Hill Country roadways including RM 620, RM 2222, Loop 360, RM 2244 and Southwest Parkway.
Among HCRO rules are restrictions on building heights and commercial monument signage, and requirements that businesses keep a 100-foot vegetative buffer between buildings and the roadway.
The Lake Austin Watershed Ordinance (LAWO) was adopted in 1980 as the City’s first major attempt to address water quality degradation in the face of increasing urbanization. Key features of the ordinance include impervious cover limits, restrictions on development on steep slopes, cut and fill limits and construction-phase erosion and sedimentation controls.
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Loop 360 Program aims to improve safety and mobility in the Loop 360 corridor.
Lake Austin Collective advocates for 12+ neighborhoods that fall within Austin City Council's District 10, where we are represented by Council Member Alison Alter. Her priorities include managing growth responsibly, protecting open and green spaces, addressing transportation challenges, promoting transparent and effective government, investing in our children, and fostering civic engagement.
Council Member Alter and her staff have a strong history of partnering with the Lake Austin Collective and standing up for neighborhoods.
Neighbors can contact her office via email at email@example.com or by calling 512-978-2110.
District 10 City Council Member Alison Alter