IN OTHER BUSINESS, THE COUNCIL:
Created an LGBTQ Quality of Life commission. This 15-member panel will make recommendations to the City Council on matters affecting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community, ranging from health and safety issues to economic opportunity and educational programs promoting equal treatment. Later in the meeting, after a man shared his story of being mugged last year outside a gay club downtown, Council Member Jimmy Flannigan made an emotional statement vowing to do everything he can to help the LGBTQ community. Watch the video and read more about that exchange at statesman.com.
Agreed to study possible Capitol view corridor. The study of this proposed corridor, which would protect the sightline of the Capitol from Rosewood Park, will be expedited at the request of Central Health, which owns the University Medical Center Brackenridge site in that proposed corridor. That agency plans a mixed-use development on the site that could be affected if height limitations are imposed. The portion of the study on the Rosewood Park corridor will return to the council by March 23, while the study on four other proposed corridors in East Austin will be presented by Aug. 17. Clarke Heidrick, a Central Health board member who chairs the committee overseeing the proposed redevelopment project on the Brackenridge hospital site, said in an emailed statement Thursday that the organization was “satisfied with the compromise.” Read how the proposed corridors could also affect the rumored site of a Trump hotel at statesman.com/ cityblog.