AUSTIN -- It's 85 degrees in the middle of February on Lake Austin Friday afternoon. It was perfect timing and a perfect setting for a University of Texas fraternity renting double decker boats to party on the water.
"It's really beautiful out here. Nice hills, nice houses," said Nathan Murillo.
But changes are coming to Lake Austin. One proposal is to start charging people up to $20 to launch at all of the city owned boat ramps like Walsh Tarleton.
"I'm a fisherman. I'm out here all the time. I don't think charging is fair," said Jacky Roberts.
This week, the city also entertained ideas on toughening restrictions on Lake Austin boat docks. In the future, boat docks may have size restrictions, and they may have to be covered.
"Lake Austin zoning is very restrictive zoning, so it has a lot of requirements about impervious cover [and] things such as that," said Ellen Witt Ortiz, a member of the Lake Austin Task Force.
The city is also proposing development changes along Lake Austin. Right now, Austin dictates what happens within 75 feet of the water. The proposal is to extend that to 1,000 feet.
"I think there are people who could think that they are not remotely going to be affected by these changes, and in fact, they would be, if they go through as drafted," Ortiz said.
There will be a series of open houses and public hearings between now and April. That's when the city council is expected to vote on proposed changes to the Lake Austin.