HNA Meeting Minutes for July 19, 2017

Hancock Neighborhood Association Minutes for Wednesday, July 19th

At the start of the meeting, members thanked Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo for joining us, and for her continued hard work on the Council. Approximately sixty HNA members attended the meeting.

CodeNext Discussion:
Mary Sanger and Mike Hebert gave a brief description of the history of CodeNext and to-date information. In summary, CodeNext is the process of updating Austin’s land development code, which regulates what can be built, where it can be built and how much can be built. The 2012 Comprehensive Plan, known as Imagine Austin, recommended the City Council update the City’s land development Code, which has not been revised since 1984. Mike Hebert explained that the CodeNext process has been non-transparent, has cut out neighborhood plans and the neighborhood planning process and has targeted Austin’s core neighborhoods for up-zoning based on their market desirability – that is, our core neighborhoods are ripe for redevelopment. This will result, not in the building of affordable housing, but in the acceleration of the tearing down of moderately priced rental and homeowner housing to be replaced by high-end duplexes, cottage courts, and ADUs. Mike H. explained the new zoning categories, which replaced Hancock’s Single Family neighborhood zone with what is termed T3 zoning increases density and allows more housing units on smaller lots. The out-of-state consultants, who mapped the City’s new zoning categories showed no appreciation of Austin’s older, dense and diverse neighborhoods. They did not follow Imagine Austin’s goals for respecting Neighborhood Plans, and creating density on the Transit and Activity Corridors, among other items. Essentially, the mappers looked at our urban core. There was no concern for the destruction of affordable housing, nor the displacement of renters or homeowners, nor the ruin of Austin’s healthy and diverse core neighborhoods.

HNA members were asked to vote on a CodeNext resolution and a letter to the Mayor and City Council, both of which are attached The 60-plus members in attendance, voted unanimously to send the letter and the resolution to the Mayor and Council. (see attached)

Perry Estate:
Carolyn Palaima, a member of HNA’s Zoning Committee, reported that the Zoning Committee had reviewed the Perry Estate’s recent permit request. The zoning committee concluded that the development plan is in accordance with the covenant entered into by HNA and the owner of the Perry Estate. HNA President, Mark Harkrider said he also will review the permit and the covenant.

Graffiti:
The neighborhood anti-graffiti team gave its report on their campaign to paint over graffiti and the lack of police resources and the inability to identify the perpetrators. The best tools to discourage graffiti seems to be painting over the marks and placing hidden cameras everywhere the perpetrators conduct their attacks.

Historic Hancock Neighborhood
Teri Meyers, Hancock resident and Historic Landmark Commissioner, and representatives from North University Neighborhood Association discussed the local preservation process.

Minutes prepared by Mary Sanger, Secretary, HNA

Alternative Formats

https://www.hancockna.org/www/content/hna-meeting-minutes-july-19-2017docx
https://www.hancockna.org/www/content/hna-meeting-minutes-july-19-2017pdf

Attachments

CodeNext Resolution
https://www.hancockna.org/www/content/hna-resolution-re-codenext-719171docx
https://www.hancockna.org/www/content/hna-letter-71917docx

CodeNext Letter
https://www.hancockna.org/www/content/hna-letter-71917docx
https://www.hancockna.org/www/content/hna-resolution-re-codenext-719171pdf

I-35 Mainlines at Oltorf ST and Oltorf ST Bridge to Be Closed for Partial Bridge Demolition

I-35 mainlanes will be temporarily closed to north and southbound traffic from 11 p.m. until 10 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights, July 21 and 22, weather permitting, for partial bridge demolition. Mainlane closures will begin at 9 p.m. During the closure, I-35 mainlane traffic will be detoured to the north and southbound frontage roads.

Drivers headed east or west on Oltorf Street will also be detoured at the I-35 crossing during this time to the Woodward and Woodland crossings. Drivers are encouraged to seek alternate routes during the closure.

I-35 mainlanes and Oltorf Street will be reopened Saturday and Sunday mornings beginning at 10 a.m.

As part of the Mobility35 improvements at Oltorf Street, lanes are being closed to allow crews to demolish the north side of the Oltorf Street bridge to prepare for reconstruction of the bridge and construction of a new U-turn lane. During this phase of construction, traffic lanes on the Oltorf Street bridge will be shifted slightly to allow for two travel lanes in each direction. A dedicated turn lane will no longer be available. This configuration was put in place starting Wednesday, July 19, ahead of the planned bridge demolition.

The I-35 at Oltorf Street Project will bring improvements to mobility, safety, and connectivity for all modes of transportation. These include improved entrance/exit ramps and lanes, adding U-turn lanes at the Oltorf Street bridge, and bicycle and pedestrian enhancements. Work on the $40 million project is expected to continue through spring 2019, weather permitting. The contractor is OHL USA, Inc.

To learn more about the I-35 at Oltorf Street project, visit My35Construction.org.

May 19 HNA CodeNEXT Resolution

HNA members here is a resolution regarding Code Next for your consideration and vote on Wednesday, May 19th. Sent yesterday
was also a letter to City Council for your
consideration. Mary Sanger, Secretary, HNA

RESOLUTION

WHEREAS The City of Austin has proposed revising Austin’s zoning ordinances under CodeNext; and

WHEREAS it is the responsibility of city government in a democratic society to be responsive to the wishes of its citizens: and

WHEREAS zoning is meant to provide for orderly, stable development of cities; and

WHEREAS the City of Austin has stated that it would not force density on established neighborhoods; and

WHEREAS the proposed zoning changes under CodeNext would adversely affect the following elements of the Hancock Neighborhood:

1. destroy neighborhood character in an establishedneighborhood that is already densely populated;
2. create uncertainty whenever any property is sold as to how densely the lot would be developed with no neighborhood right to protest administrative applications;
3. dense development would implicitly require the destruction of established neighborhood tree canopy;
4. ignore parking needs by not requiring one onsite parking space per bedroom or resident;
5. would not demonstrably result in more affordable housing through increased density;
6. overburden the aging sewer and water system;
7. threaten increased flooding in a neighborhood that has already experienced flooding after heavy rains; and
8. not provide for effective enforcement of problems associated with dense development such as inadequate maintenance, garbage violations, inadequate parking and noise.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HANCOCK NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION THAT:

Our Association opposes CodeNext as it relates to the densification of our neighborhood on streets that currently are primarily historic houses. We want the city to create a zoning system that allows for the
preservation of our neighborhood character by preserving historic architecture and neighborhood character, limiting increased density by converting existing garages into granny flats and densifyingexisting
commercial corridors. We ask the City to commit to preserving our historic neighborhood so that it is not used for wholesale development by non-residents whose sole objective is profit and not quality of
neighborhood life.

Reminder: Important Hancock Neighborhood Meeting, Wednesday, July 19

Dear Hancock Neighborhood residents:

HNA's Wednesday, July 19th regularly scheduled meeting is very important. Please put on your calendar. The meeting is from 7:00-8:30 at the Hancock Recreation Center. We will be meeting in a room on the main floor.

We will vote on the officers who have been nominated for President, Mark Harkrider; Secretary, Mary Sanger and Treasurer, Bruce Fairchild. A nomination for Vice-President will be submitted for your vote; and nominations for VP can come from the floor on July 19th. Dues paying members are allowed to vote. If you have not paid your dues of $5.00 per family for 2017, you may do so at the July 19th meeting.

The agenda will include:

  1. a report on Code Next, a discussion of Code Next and possible vote by HNA on a Code Next resolution to be sent to Mayor, City Council and appropriate Land use Commissions
  2. a report from the Zoning committee on the Perry Estate development plans
  3. a report from our ever vigilant neighborhood anti -graffiti team
  4. residents' response to the City's music venue sound monitoring activities
  5. discussion for a Historic District volunteer exploration committee

See you on the 19th,

Mark Harkrider, President, HNA

Important Hancock Neighborhood meeting: Wednesday, July 19 at 7:00pm

Dear Hancock Neighborhood residents:

HNA's Wednesday, July 19th regularly scheduled meeting is very important. Please put on your calendar. The meeting is from 7:00-8:30 at the Hancock Recreation Center.

We will vote on the officers who have been nominated for President, Mark Harkrider; Secretary, Mary Sanger and Treasurer, Bruce Fairchild. There has been no nomination for the Vice President's position. Nominations and vote for VP can come from the floor on July 19th. Dues paying members are allowed to vote. If you have not paid your dues of $5.00 per family for 2017, you may do so at the July 19th meeting.

The final agenda for the meeting will be sent out by July 9th.

The agenda will include

  1. a report on Code Next, a discussion of Code Next and possible vote by HNA on a Code Next resolution to be sent to Mayor and City Council;
  2. a report from the Zoning committee on the Perry Estate development plans;
  3. a report from our ever vigilant neighborhood anti -graffiti team;
  4. residents' response to the City's music venue sound monitoring activities.
  5. Historic District volunteer exploration committee

If you would like to put an item on the agenda, please email Mary Sanger, HNA secretary, at marysanger70@gmail.com before July 9th.

Look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, July 19th.

Mark Harkrider
President, Hancock Neighborhood Association

Upcoming CodeNEXT Deadlines July 7 and July 14

From: "Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo, City of Austin" >kathie.tovo@austintexas.gov<
Date: June 29, 2017 at 5:21:24 PM EDT
Subject: Reminder: CodeNEXT Deadlines
Reply-To: kathie.tovo@austintexas.gov

Dear District 9 Residents,

I want to take this opportunity to remind you of the upcoming deadlines for submitting public comments on CodeNEXT’s maps and affordability plan.

Friday, July 7th is the deadline for submitting your comments on CodeNEXT’s draft map. As you may be aware, the draft maps propose significant changes to neighborhoods throughout District 9. If you have not already, please take the opportunity to view the proposed map of your neighborhood and provide feedback to the CodeNEXT consultants.

The CodeNEXT consultants recently released their affordability plan. This part of the Code is critical to the City of Austin and requires comprehensive review and public feedback. Public comments on the affordability plan are due by Friday, July 14th.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with CodeNEXT staff, please visit tiny.cc/codenextofficehours or call (512) 974-3583 to make an appointment to speak to a CodeNEXT planner about the draft zoning map and affordability plan.

If you would like to view the questions that the Council has submitted, please visit: http://www.austintexas.gov/budget/codeNext/index.cfm.

Your public input is paramount during this process. Please feel free to copy me at kathie.tovo@austintexas.gov in your correspondence with the CodeNEXT consultants so I can be aware of your feedback and questions.

Sincerely,

Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo
Council Member District 9

Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo, City of Austin | 301 West 2nd Street, Austin, TX 78701

Join Your Neighbors for the 7th Annual 4th of July Parade and Picnic!

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Event: 4th of July Parade and Picnic
Time: Tuesday, July 04,2017 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Lee Elementary School
Address: Lee Elementary School, Hampton Road, Austin, TX, United States

Additional information:
Join us for the 7th Annual Hancock Neighborhood Association 4th of July Parade and Picnic! All families and pets are invited to participate in the parade or to cheer on the participants along the route. The parade route will begin at the Lee Elementary School parking lot on Harris Avenue and travel west on Harris Avenue, north on Woodrow Street, west on Texas Avenue, south on Montrose, and then follow Harris Avenue back to Lee Elementary. At the school we will enjoy snacks, watermelon, lemonade, cold water, entertainment for the kids and more!

Red River Extended Hours Pilot Meeting June 13

From: "McCarson, Kimberly" <Kimberly.McCarson@austintexas.gov>
Date: June 7, 2017 at 5:42:28 PM CDT
Cc: "Block, Brian" <Brian.Block@austintexas.gov>
Subject: Red River Extended Hours Pilot Meeting

The Music & Entertainment Staff invites you to give us your feedback and experience to date with the Red River Extended Hours Pilot. Your response is important to understanding the impact of the program.

The purpose of the pilot is to study the economic and other effects of allowing Red River Cultural District music venues to play amplified sound an additional hour Thursday-Saturday. More information can be found at http://www.austintexas.gov/page/red-river-pilot-program. We’re holding an open meeting for all of the nearby neighborhood residents on Tuesday, June 13th at 6:00pm at the Griffin School. The Griffin School is located at 5001 Evans Avenue.

We hope to see you there! If you cannot attend, please share your input with us via email at redriverpilot@austintexas.gov.

Thank you for your participation!

Regards,
Kim McCarson

Kim McCarson
Economic & Business Liaison │ Music & Entertainment Division
Economic Development Deptartment │ City of Austin
505 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, Texas 78704
(t) 512-974-7963 │ (f) 512-974-6636
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Reminder: District 9 CodeNEXT Open House on Saturday, June 3, 10AM-12PM

Dear District 9 Neighbors,

I want to remind you that on June 3, 2017, City staff will host a CodeNEXT Open House at City Hall from 10:00 AM - 12:00 p.m.

As we approach this weekend, please visit http://austintexas.gov/codenext to learn more about CodeNEXT, to read the proposed land use code, and to view the proposed maps. If you have specific feedback for City staff and the consultants about the proposed Code or the mapping, please also feel free to copy my office (kathie.tovo@austintexas.gov) so that I am also aware of your feedback.

My office has received word that there will be a large event occurring outside of City Hall during the same time as the Open House. Please arrive early to secure a parking spot or, if possible, opt to bike, walk, or take public transportation to City Hall.

The Open House will occur in the Chambers. The meeting will be televised within City Hall and extra seating will be provided in front of the televisions in the atrium and the Boards and Commissions room. Light refreshments will be provided.

Your participation is critical in ensuring that the City’s land development code rewrite is successful. I truly hope you can attend.

Sincerely,

Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo
Council Member District 9

City Hall, 301 West 2nd St Parking Information:

You can park for free in the City Hall garage in any non-reserved spots; just bring your ticket in with you so that we can validate it. The garage entrance is located on Guadalupe between 2nd and Cesar Chavez, and take the steps or elevator to the ground floor.

Baker Sector (1 2) Commander's Forum Tuesday May 30

Hello,

Commander Andrew Michael would like to invite you a community forum next week Tuesday May 30th at Lee Elementary School, 3308 Hampton Road in the library from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. We are going to try a new approach to the forums. Instead of quarterly forums involving the entire Region 1, we are now going to have monthly meetings where we invite a smaller number of districts. In this case, we are only inviting residents from West Campus, NUNA, Old Enfield, Pemberton, OWANA, Hancock, Red River, East woods Caswell Heights, or anyone living in the Baker 1 and 2 Districts. We are having these meetings in your neighborhood with the hopes of generating more attendance and participation. This is your opportunity to ask your District Rep or the Commander any questions you have regarding APD. Next month, we will have a meeting involving residents from Baker 3 and 4. We will be updating our meeting schedule in the future on our website. Hope to see you there!

SPO Eric Copeland #6766
Region 1 District Representatives (Baker 1)
Austin Police Dept
512-974-4564

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