Executive

October 7, 2015 HNA Executive and Zoning & Development Committees Letter Regarding Short Term Rentals

Mayor and Council:

Members of the Hancock Neighborhood Association's Executive Committee and Zoning and Development Committee urge the Mayor and Council members to support Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo and Council member Leslie Pool's proposals for Type 2 and Type 3 short term rentals. Ours is a neighborhood which knows the negative impact of Type 2 short term rentals; it is not only the noise of gatherings or parking, it is about allowing our residential neighborhoods to be hospitality centers and encouraging investors to buy and/or build duplexes and residential housing for the purpose of short term Type 2 rentals. This type of investment activity will only increase if a high number of users--a proposed cap of 10 for a house, and as many as 20 for a duplex, as we understand it — are allowed in short term Type 2 rentals. This is outrageous.

The hospitality industry claims that no growing city in the U.S. has been able to regulate Type 2 STRs except by permitting them through licenses. We reject this argument. Austin’s Code Department has failed to enforce the rules that we have today. If they were to do so, the deterrent effect would become apparent.

But fundamentally Type 2 Short Term rentals should not be in residential areas.

As to Type 3 short term rentals, we find it incomprehensible that the Mayor and Council would continue to allow 25% of a multi family project to be used as Type 3 STRs while at the same time there is pressure to densify our neighborhoods.

Mark Harkrider, Pres. HNA
James Harkrider, Vice Pres. HNA
Mary Sanger, Sec. HNA
Bruce Fairchild, Tres. HNA
Linda Guerrero, Chair HNA Zoning Comm.
Carolyn Palaima, Past Pres. HNA, member HNA Zoning Comm.
Bart Whatley, member HNA Zoning Comm
Hugh Bender, member HNA Zoning Comm.

HNA Executive Committee Meeting Minutes for August 5, 2015

The HNA Executive Committee met at 6:30 pm on August 5, 2015, at the Hancock Recreeation Center. Present were Executive Committee members Mark Harkrider, president, James Harkrider, vice president, Bruce Fairchild, treasurer and Mary Sanger, secretary. Also joining the meeting were Carol Moczygemba and Tiffany Scolnic. Tiffany had written to HNA expressing interest in filling the position of HNA historian. HNA has not had a historian for at least 10 years, though Carol Moczygemba has kept an ample file on its activities and information on the organization is available on the HNA website.

Tiffany has rented in the Hancock neighborhood for two years and also lived in north Hyde Park, and has lived in Austin for 15 years. She has a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from the University of Texas and a Masters in Public History from Texas State. Maybe most important, Tiffany loves the neighborhood. The Executive Committee, with substantive input from Carol ( and written comments from Terri Myers), agreed that one of the priorities of the HNA historian should be to collect and present, through photos, written word, oral histories, the activities in which HNA has engaged to retain the historical character of the neighborhood, to preserve the quality of life for the residents and the quality of its environment through projects such as the Waller Creek clean-up; purple pipe for reclaimed water for the Golf Course; the Golf Course pedestrian trail and Historic designation of Golf Course; and work on the stealth Dorm--occupancy limits--ordinance; Perry Estate and Concordia University negotiations; the July 4th parade, providing a forum for discussion of City issues---to list a few. In addition, the HNA historian would collect the stories of some current residents, both renters and homeowners; the history of homes in current use, and those which have been displaced, and those designated for tear down, all of which could be amplified and retained through the newsletter, HNA website, and potentially a new or expanded edition of "The Hancock Neighborhood: An Urbane Oasis," published by the Association in 1999.

The Executive Committee whole-heartedly welcomes Tiffany to the position of HNA historian. She will attend HNA's regular meeting on Wednesday, September 16th. In examining the Treasurer's report, Executive Committee also discussed the cost of the HNA newsletter and recommended that HNA members ( and a possible committee), and particularly Carleen Edgar, current editor, and Kathleen Strong, ad solicitor, discuss the newsletter's costs, content, distribution, etc. There also was a suggestion HNA have a Facebook page. Mark Harkrider will follow up on these recommendations.

Austin Code Enforcement staff has asked to be on the agenda for the September 16th regular HNA meeting. (see post from Code Enforcement )

Submitted August 7, 2015 by Mary Sanger

https://www.hancockna.org/www/content/hna-exec-committe-20150805pdf

HNA Exec Committe 20150805.pdf

HNA Executive Committee Meeting August 5

The HNA Executive Committee will meet at 6:30 pm on August 5 at the Hancock Recreation Center. Agenda items include interview with potential HNA historian and discussion of items for HNA regular Sept meeting.

HNA Executive Committee Meeting May 12

The HNA Executive Committee, at its own request, will have a special meeting via a telephone conversation on Tuesday, May 12th. If you want to join, please contact Mary Sanger.

The Exec Committee will vote on whether the Exec Committee members will send a letter to new owners of 3213 Harris Park Avenue, a 1930s single family home of architectural and historic characteristics important to maintaining the character of the neighborhood. The letter is in support of neighbors to this property who oppose the demolition of the home.

Mary Sanger on behalf of Mark
Harkrider
Msanger@austin.rr.com

HNA Executive Committee Meeting Minutes for April 23, 2015

Minutes: The HNA Executive Committee met on Thursday, April 23, 2015.

Executive Committee members present were Mark Harkrider, James Harkrider, Bruce Fairchild and Mary Sanger

Agenda:

  1. Kelly Willis and Kelly Ramsey presentation on the duplex and single family home being built at 3205 and 3207 Liberty. Kelly and Kelly brought to our attention their concerns regarding the height, floor to area ratio and car maneuverability in the alley. Kelly Ramsey had done some extensive analysis of the building permit plans and believed the plans did not meet code and asked for our assistance. Mary Sanger agreed to discuss Kelly's findings with the permit reviewer and Daniel Word of the City. (Mr. Word emailed msanger on April 28th noting there were Code Compliance issues regarding the FAR and he would be asking
    owner to come into compliance with the code. He will look at the maneuverability issue as well. As of this writing, we have not heard the final results of Mr Word's discussion with agent or his own findings.

HNA Executive Committee Meeting April 23

The HNA Executive Committee will meet at 6:30 pm, Thursday, April 23d.

If you plan to attend, please email me and I will send you information on the location.

Mary Sanger
msanger@austin.rr.com

Executive Committee Meeting Minutes for February 5, 2015

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