HNA Parks Committee Community Engagement Meeting September 23

Notice: Community Engagement Meeting
Date: September 23, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM- noon
Place: Hancock Recreation Center- playground area

On Sunday, September 23rd, from 10:00 AM to noon the HNA Parks Committee will be holding a Community Engagement Meeting under the canopy on the playground at Hancock Recreation Center.

The purpose of the Community Engagement Meeting is to prioritize best use options for spending the rest of the Park/Green Space improvement funds. These funds are being held in an account by the Parks Foundation. All funding expentitures were approve by vote at HNA meetings.

We will elaborate on all the details regarding the remaining funds during our discussions, and will share a list of priorities identified both from the Golf and Program Divisions.

We will clarify previous spending for improvements at the meeting, for example, The HNA Parks Committee received a receipt a few months ago and reimbursed the Parks Department for the work that was completed for resurfacing of the perimeter trail around the golf course. This cost was approximately $16,839.

The HNA Parks Committee will provide the current mitigation fund balance sheet at the meeting. The amount for consideration is approximately 300,000.00

The Center itself is closed on Sunday, but the feedback we received from HNA neighbors requested the meeting be held on a Sunday.

Best,
The HNA Parks Committee

Lee Elementary Tour and Facilities Review September 7

Join us for an opportunity to tour the Russell Lee Elementary - White House and review the most recent district facilities report, as well as the plans for the new four classroom addition in the style of the original school building. AISD architects and personnel will be on hand to answer questions and discuss the ongoing efforts to meet the needs of Russell Lee Elementary's 450 students. The tour opportunities will take place from 4:00-5:00 on the afternoon of Friday September 7th. Light refreshments will be served and no RSVP is required.

Let me know if you have any questions and thanks again for your assistance,

John Hewlett
Principal - Russell Lee Elementary School
512-414-1117

HNA Meeting Minutes for July 18, 2018

Hancock Neighborhood Meeting, July 18, 2018
Minutes

Mark Harkrider called the meeting to order.
He began by thanking Robin Camp for donating the flags for the 4th of July Hancock Neighborhood parade and thanked all the other volunteers.

Mark announced the district judge had upheld the citizen petition to allow Austinites to vote in November on whether they want to eventually vote for or against Code Next or any plan like it and any future comprehensive development plan.
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Mark called on Kevin Yang to talk about setbacks and construction at his project at 913 Duncan. Mr. Yang previously had come before HNA before the condos were built to discuss setbacks. He was at this meeting as part of an obligation to talk with the HNA after completion. He passed out a limited number of diagrams of project. He said there are twelve 700 sq. ft. apts. to be sold for $200,000 plus, each. This was built on an 8,000 sq. ft. lot.

The Treasurer, Bruce Fairchild, spoke briefly about the accounts status.

Mark Harkrider called on Carolyn Palaima with the Parks Committee.

She discussed the Hancock Golf course trail maintenance. HNA received dollars from the Concordia development negotiations, which is being held at the Parks Foundation and is being used to help maintain the trail around Hancock Golf Course, including erosion control. Most recently, HNA paid $16,839 to Parks for this purpose.
Carolyn will have a meeting in the next few months to discuss the use of these funds. The members approved using $400 from this fund to pay for the fire truck at the July 4th parade.
Carolyn explained HNA also received $5,000 from the City for its use of the triangle at Red River and 38th as a construction site. The $5000 went to the Parks Department for restoration of the triangle site.

There was some discussion of the property and building at 3911 Duval. The new building on this lot is an Accessory Dwelling Unit. The HNA officers and Carolyn Palaima examined the permit and, specifically, questioned the removal of a large pecan tree, which was necessary to provide utility service.

Next to address the meeting was Jennifer Dillahunty regarding the Local Historic Neighborhood District. She referred to the Hancock Local Historic District, website, http://hancocklhd.com/2018/07/09/architectural-styles/
She stated that there are 828 owners in the Hancock Neighborhood for 907 parcels.
454 participants would be needed to apply for historic zoning.

Terri Myers is volunteering to do “reconnaissance” of neighborhood properties. But, she needs people to help take pictures and complete a form on each house to be considered as to whether or not it would be considered historic. Any history of the property would be helpful. Terri is to provide guidelines and a form to be completed which will be disseminated to volunteers to complete.
Hugh Bender from the Zoning Committee spoke briefly. There was some discussion about what the UT School of Law has planned for the former
Co-op East. Possible doctors' offices or something else.
The next HNA meeting is scheduled for Sept. 9, 2018.
Submitted by: Eva L. Mohrlok, July 20, 2018 substituting for Mary Sanger, Secretary.

https://www.hancockna.org/www/content/hnajuly-18-2018docx
https://www.hancockna.org/www/content/hnajuly-18-2018pdf

Agenda for the July 18, 2018 Meeting of the Hancock Neighborhood Association

Hancock Neighborhood Association will hold its regularly scheduled meeting at
7:00 PM on Wednesday, July 18, 2018
at the Hancock Recreation Center.

The agenda will include reports on committee activities, up-date on CodeNEXT and any items the members wish to bring up for discussion.

Mary Sanger
Secretary

4th of July Parade and Picnic

Event: 4th of July Parade and Picnic
Time: Wednesday, July 04,2018 9:30 AM
Location: 3308 Hampton Rd
Address: 3308 Hampton Rd

Dear Neighbors,

Join us Monday, July 4th at 9:30 am for 8th annual Hancock Neighborhood Association 4th of July Parade and Picnic at Lee Elementary. The playground is closed for construction, so we’ll be on the front lawn with tents, food and fun. Thank you to the Kahlor/Junker family for setting up a sign up for food, tables, and necessary gear, and for letting us spill over into their lawn and house.

https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/10c0f4dafa72da6fc1-hancock

The parade starts at 10 am, and a big shout out to Mark Harkrider for getting the fire truck. We will parade around the 8 blocks (thanks Robin for the flags!) and come back to Lee to picnic. Bring your wagon, bike, boom box, dog, or fun car, and join us! If you have questions, want to set up or wonder what we need, please text me 504.392.4919.

And, this year, we are thrilled to partner with the Hemphill Neighborhood Association to keep the party going. There will be a bounce house water slide in the park from 12-2 pm, and all are welcome. Please bring watermelon or dessert to share, your towels, sunblock and picnic blanket. Thanks, Carole LaClaire for setting it up! And, Lindsey Heddleston, Brandon Tucker and Zack Simpson for making this partnership happen.

As always, a big shout out to Jillian Copeland, Amanda Nite, and Snow White for signs, volunteers, set up, gear and decorating, and Bruce Fairchild for handling the details. We can’t wait to see you and your kids!

Melissa Linden

Hancock Neighborhood Association support of Preservation Austin Resolution Item 64

Dear City Manager Spencer Cronk and Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo,

This letter confirms Hancock Neighborhood Association's support of
Preservation Austin Resolution Item 64 to Approve a resolution concerning
improvements to the city's Historic Preservation Program to advance program
mission and performance objectives.

Austin’s rapid growth is resulting in the loss of important and
irreplaceable historic assets across the city. As a tourist town and
growing visitor destination, historic preservation is more than a matter of
casual interest in Austin; it can be a source of economic activity. There
is also growing recognition that Austin needs to acknowledge all of its
history, including the contributions made by communities of people of color
to the city’s vibrant culture, often despite legal, economic and social
barriers historically placed in the path of these communities.

The Austin City Council recently established the Historic Preservation Fund
with revenue from the hotel occupancy tax to provide much-needed investment
in heritage tourism and city-owned and private historic sites. These
opportunities will be fully realized only with adequate staffing.
On February 26, 2018, the Historic Landmark Commission (HLC) passed a
resolution recommending the City Council evaluate the current fee structure
for historic zoning, recommending additional funding and staffing in the
FY2019 budget to enable the Historic Preservation Office (HPO) to identify
historic properties, develop design standards and work with communities to
develop historic districts. Robust integration of Austin’s HPO activities,
duties, and responsibilities as part of Austin’s planning efforts can only
be done with adequate staffing and authority.

The East Austin Historic Resources Survey that the Austin City Council
approved in December 2016 identified a number of potential historic
landmarks and historic districts with significant architectural and
ethnic/cultural heritage. The University of Texas at Austin Gentrification
Study team reported to the City’s Anti-Displacement Task Force on January
5, 2018, that roughly 3,000 historic age buildings have been demolished in
the past five years, many in neighborhoods historically home to persons of
color and in lower-income areas with higher concentrations of rental
properties. Due to a lack of resources within the HPO and in the community,
the City has, to date, received no applications for potential landmark
designations or historic districts in the survey area of East Austin.
Equitable treatment for the city’s historically disadvantaged communities
requires an investment in public outreach, assistance, and historic
preservation expertise.

Adopted city plans such as Imagine Austin, the Downtown Plan and the
Strategic Direction 2023 call for policies and programs that honor and
promote the preservation of Austin’s historic, cultural, and ethnic
heritage. In February 2017, the City Auditor reported several issues
preventing the HPO and Historic Landmark Commission (HLC) from achieving
their mission to support the preservation of buildings, sites and
neighborhoods that reflect elements of Austin’s cultural, social, political
and architectural history. The audit found that, compared with peer cities,
the HLC has the second highest caseload per meeting and the HPO has one of
the lowest full-time employee staffing levels among similar programs.
Historic preservation offices in other cities facilitate effective planning
efforts as well as evaluation and preservation of the city’s historic
assets.

We recommend that the City Council direct the City Manager to consider the
following improvements and return to Council with an analysis on the
benefits, feasibility and annual cost of each by June 28, 2018. These
improvements should include creation of a separate Preservation Planning
Division within the Planning and Zoning Department equal in standing to
divisions such as Urban Design and Long-Range Planning to provide the
preservation program with a stronger voice in carrying out preservation
priorities and efforts to better integrate its activities into the City’s
planning, equity, and economic development efforts. Goals should include:
aligning the HPO staffing levels with peer cities; Revising outdated
sections of the Land Development Code related to historic preservation to
reflect best practices in the field; funding historic resource survey
efforts citywide on an annual basis; posting backup materials for
commission and public review at least three business days before HLC
meetings; streamlining commission meetings through identification of cases
that may be administratively approved; permitting HPO staff to apply for
nd accept grants in any amount to carry out preservation programming;
providing adequate support and training of HPO staff and HLC members by a
city attorney with experience in preservation law, or to provide for
outside counsel on an as-needed basis, and to review the current historic
zoning fee structure to identify opportunities for equity and
affordability.

Thank you for your consideration.

Mark Harkrider
President, Hancock Neighborhood Association
harkrider@westcapitol.com

https://www.hancockna.org/www/content/support-preservation-austin-resolu...

Hyde Park Neighborhood Association Meeting June 4 at 7pm of Interest to HNA

Hi Neighbors,

I am Reid Long, President of the Hyde Park Neighborhood Association. I wanted to write and extend an invite for both you and your members to our June meeting tomorrow night at 7 PM at the Griffin School (5001 Evans Ave, Austin, TX 78751). We do ask that you sign in on our guest list at the membership table that just inside the doors. Our agenda includes two very special guests.

First, we will be having a conversation and discussion about the direction of the City along with a QA with new City Of Austin Manager Spencer Cronk. The conversation will focus around three questions developed from his listening questions when he was first appointed. After this conversation, we will have an open QA with the City Manager.

After Manager Cronk, we will have a discussion and open QA with Mayor Steve Adler regarding Code Next. I know this subject is a hot topic for our neighborhoods and this will be an opportunity to have an intimate QA with the Mayor on this subject.

I hope that you and/or your members can join us as it would be great to have comments from the broader community. What impacts one of us impacts all of our neighborhoods.

Hope to see you out.

Best,
Reid

Reid Long
President
Hyde Park Neighborhood Association

HNA Meeting Minutes for May 16, 2018

Hancock Neighborhood Association Minutes
May 16, 2018

1. Mark Harkrider, welcomed our guest speakers from the Texas Facilities Commission who spoke about the construction of the 1st phase of the Health & Human Services 406,000 ft building on North Lamar across from the Triangle. Construction will begin June, 2018 and completed December, 2018. The building will be nine levels and expected to accommodate 1,525 full time employees; in addition, there will be a seven level parking garage which will accommodate 1,866 cars. It is being built to consolidate, under one roof, many of the State employees who currently are spread throughout the city. There are three phases proposed that is, two more buildings, however, this is the only building approved by the legislature at this time.

The Facilities Commission stated it is trying to obtain a waiver from the Occupation Safety agency to turn–off the back-up beepers on the trucks so to lessen the noise disturbance; they recognize the construction lights at night also will be a disturbance to neighbors. Trucks will be using #283, Lamar, 51st and 45th (yikes) to get to the site.

Future employees of the building, who drive to work, will be coming from all directions and using many different roadways.
For further information go to: www.tfc-nac.com

Committee Reports:

Mary Ann Osborne, a member of the HNA Local Historic Committee, reported that local historic committee met on May 5th and had thus far received approximately 10 responses from the letter which was sent to residents in April. The committee is seeking more volunteers to assist with neighbor to neighbor meetings. The committee is considering a public meeting, with expert panelists, to be held in October. For more information: www.hancocklhd.com or www.hancockneighborhoodna.org: see Document tab; email:HNA historic@gmail.com

Bruce Fairchild, presented a hard copy of the Treasurer’s report. There were no other reports.

Mike Hebert of CommunityNotCommodity urged everyone to go to CommunityNotCommodity website for information on CodeNEXT and to write their concerns to the Mayor and City Council members. Also, he urged people to attend and speak out at the City Council public hearings on Tuesday, May 29, starting at 10:00 am at City Hall and Saturday, June 2, starting at 10:00 am.

The City Council will have its first reading votes on CodeNEXT Wednesday, June 13th.

Submitted by Msanger May 22, 2018

https://www.hancockna.org/www/content/hna-minutes-5162018docx
https://www.hancockna.org/www/content/hna-minutes-5162018pdf

Agenda for the May 16, 2018 Meeting of the Hancock Neighborhood Association

Hancock Neighborhood Association Meeting
Hancock Recreation Center
May 16 2018 7:00-8:30pm

Agenda:

  1. Committee Reports
  2. Historic Zoning Application
  3. CodeNext Update
  4. The Texas Facilities Commission will discuss the construction of the 400,000 ft. state building on North Lamar across from the Triangle
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