A $62 million expansion has been approved by City Council for Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.
The expansion will be one of the biggest construction projects in the airport's history. It will add more carousels to the baggage claim area and another security checkpoint, and would pave the way to add seven gates to the east side of the terminal.
Airport managers say the construction will help keep up with growth over the next 15 years. They say they've seen five percent annual growth over the past 30 years, which is above the national average.
Work is already underway to expand the customs processing area in order to handle more international flights.
Lake Austin building restrictions
Austinites living along Lake Austin may soon face tougher restrictions if they want to remodel or build.
City Council will consider new environmental rules for all properties within 1,000 feet of the lake. The recommendation came from the Lake Austin Task Force earlier this year.
A public hearing was set by Council for Oct. 3 at 4 p.m. at City Hall.
Proposed Austin Energy fee
City Council also set a public hearing to discuss a proposed fee for Austin Energy customers.
The local utility wants to reinstate a fee which was previously charged to developers to run electric lines from the street to new homes and businesses. Austin Energy leaders say the fee was suspended in the 1980s.
"Through the course of the rate work, we have been asked by Council to come back and to look at how much revenue we would generate--what possible policy changes we could look at--with respect to line extension," Austin Energy General Manager Larry Weis said.
The public hearing to discuss the fee has been set for Aug. 22 at 4 p.m.