Events

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

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

Agenda for the March 21, 2018 Meeting of the Hancock Neighborhood Association

The Hancock Neighborhood Association meeting will be held Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 7:00 at the Hancock Recreation Center

Draft Agenda:

  1. Vote on HNA nominated officers for 2018 (*see their statements at the end of this article)

    President
    Barbara Epstein
    Mark Harkrider

    Vice-President
    Ann Tucker

    Secretary
    Mary Sanger

    Treasurer
    Bruce Fairchild

  2. CodeNEXT’s zoning code and the Hancock Neighborhood
    Barbara McArthur, Member of the CommunityNotCommodity research Team
    Mike Hebert, Hancock resident & member of the CommunityNotCommodity research Team

  3. Possible Resolution on CodeNEXT

  4. Hancock NA Committee Reports:
    Jennifer Dillahunty: Historic Preservation District Committee
    Bruce Fairchild: Treasurer’s Report
    Jim Rankin: Transportation Committee
    Hugh Bender: Zoning Committee
    Mary Sanger/James Story: Music Venue Pilot Program
    By-laws Committee

  5. Discussion/questions

*In their own words:

Barbara Epstein: I’m running for Association president because I think our neighborhood should preserve its historic architecture and green spaces.  I’d also like to see more information sent out before meetings so we can have friendly, informed discussions before votes. I’ve lived in this area 44 years, moving to Hancock nine years ago. I’m an attorney with a background in land titles and zoning, During the 12 years I served as Eastwoods Association President and 8 more as the legal committee, I re-activated neighborhood meetings, challenged irresponsible building permits, obtained permit parking for Eastwoods, and organized funding for the Eeyore statue, commemorating the original Eeyore’s Birthday Party held there. I understand the issues facing Hancock and hope to see our neighborhood thrive through close-knit friendships, community participation and architectural preservation. 

Mark Harkrider has been a Hancock resident/homeowner for 26 years. He has a thirty-two year career in Public Sector, Political and Civic Engagement. His goals as HNA President are to improve neighbor-to-neighbor and neighbor to association communication using new platforms and initiatives; expand and broaden the HNA committee structure to be more inclusive;and increase association membership.

Ann Tucker: Ann, a native of Houston, Prior to founding Studio A Group in 2007, Ann worked with Black + Vernooy Architecture + Urban Design on residential and commercial design projects, and at The Vogt Group Architects in New Orleans, where her focus was concentrated in historic preservation. Ann received both a BA in the Plan II Honors Program and a Masters of Architecture from theUniversity of Texas at Austin. She has taught as an adjunct instructor in the interior design program of the University of Texas School of Architecture, and she is regularly invited to help critique student projects. Ann lives in the Hancock neighborhood with her husband,artist, designer and frequent collaborator Jack Sanders~ and their two children. As an officer I would like to work towards increasing neighborhood participation in the association. 

Bruce Fairchild: Bruce has lived in the Hancock neighborhood since 1972.  He works as a utility rate consultant and is a CPA.  He has served as the Treasurer of the HNA since 2012 and is willing to continue in this position.

Mary Sanger: Mary has lived in the Hancock Neighborhood since 1985. She retired from the Environmental Defense Fund some years ago; she has been engaged in community building and affordable housing issues for most of her adult life.  She has served as HNA secretary for several years and would like to find someone to run for this position in 2019. She is committed to cooperating with HNA officers, committee chairs, and local government offices in providing timely and relevant information to neighborhood residents and to providing materials to the webmaster so there is a continuous record of HNA activities and contact information.

Update: January 17, 2018 Meeting of the Hancock Neighborhood Association Rescheduled to Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The Hancock Association meeting for January has been rescheduled for Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 7:00 pm at the Hancock Recreation Center.

Agenda:

  • Officer nominations

    The Hancock Neighborhood Association bylaws require that notice must be given of the time, place, and nominees at least one month prior to the election of officers. Because such notice was not given prior to the January 17th, 2018 meeting, additional nominees for President, Vice-president, Secretary, and Treasurer will be accepted from the floor at the 1.17.18 meeting, and will then be included in the properly posted notice prior to the election of officers to be held at the March 2018 meeting. The following were nominated for officers at the November meeting: Mark Harkrider, President; Ann Tucker, Vice President; Barbara Epstein, Secretary; Bruce Fairchild, Treasurer.

  • Development in the neighborhood

    The owners of the Perry Estate submitted a site plan in November, 2017 (Case Number:SP-2017-0161C). (Neighborhood Associations cannot challenge site plans) The City staff submitted many comments concerning the current site plan, including clarification and/or requiring more information on utility placement, designated drainage area, fire plans, off-street and on-site parking-plans, transportation, landscape and tree mitigation. The Perry Estate has until June 10, 2018 to address the staff comments. Bruce Fairchild, HNA Treasurer, will contact resident-homeowners who live on Park, which is next to the Estate, to ascertain if there are any concerns by neighbors with the recent site plans.

  • CodeNEXT Update:

    Draft 3 of the Land Development Code (CodeNEXT) will be released on February 12, 2018 “with anticipated first reading by the City Council in late April, ’18.” The City initially planned to release the 3d draft in November, but staff needed more time to address comments and to edit. Major Austin institutions continue to critique the premise behind CodeNEXT and its content. Before the new year, the Austin Independent School District released a strong resolution calling into question CodeNEXT’s basic premise that increasing residential density would lead to affordable housing for working families. AISD called for the preservation of family-friendly neighborhoods. According to the district, existing homes remain the most reliable form of affordable housing for the families that send their children to Austin’s public schools and the teachers who work in them. The school district also warned against CodeNEXT’s elimination of the city’s existing parking rules. The City of Austin’s Environmental Commission thus far has refused to support CodeNEXT, saying it has potential negative impacts on area flooding and other environmental issues. Austin’s Historic Landmark Commission passed a resolution in October stating that CodeNEXT Draft 2 "does not go far enough to encourage the continued use of existing building fabric, which is a vital component of a diverse, vibrant and equitable community. Instead, CodeNEXT continues to enable the demolition and replacement of existing housing stock with new construction. Consequently, the Commission cannot recommend the adoption of CodeNEXT as written."

  • Reports: July 4th Parade Committee, Historic Neighborhood Committee, Zoning Committee, Treasurer’s report, CodeNEXT
  • Discussion

Canceled: January 17, 2018 Meeting of the Hancock Neighborhood Association

HNA’s 1/17/18 regularly scheduled meeting is canceled due to weather; it will be rescheduled for February.

Agenda for the January 17, 2018 Meeting of the Hancock Neighborhood Association

The Hancock Association meeting will hold its first meeting of 2018 on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 7:00 pm at the Hancock Recreation Center.

Agenda:

  • Officer nominations

    The Hancock Neighborhood Association bylaws require that notice must be given of the time, place, and nominees at least one month prior to the election of officers. Because such notice was not given prior to the January 17th, 2018 meeting, additional nominees for President, Vice-president, Secretary, and Treasurer will be accepted from the floor at the 1.17.18 meeting, and will then be included in the properly posted notice prior to the election of officers to be held at the March 2018 meeting. The following were nominated for officers at the November meeting: Mark Harkrider, President; Ann Tucker, Vice President; Barbara Epstein, Secretary; Bruce Fairchild, Treasurer.

  • Development in the neighborhood

    The owners of the Perry Estate submitted a site plan in November, 2017 ( Case Number:SP-2017-0161C).( Neighborhood Associations cannot challenge site plans) The City staff submitted many comments concerning the current site plan, including clarification and/or requiring more information on utility placement, designated drainage area, fire plans, off-street and on-site parking-plans, transportation, landscape and tree mitigation. The Perry Estate has until June 10, 2018 to address the staff comments. Bruce Fairchild, HNA Treasurer, will contact resident-homeowners who live on Park, which is next to the Estate, to ascertain if there are any concerns by neighbors with the recent site plans.

  • CodeNEXT Update:

    Draft 3 of the Land Development Code (CodeNEXT) will be released on February 12, 2018 “with anticipated first reading by the City Council in late April, ’18.” The City initially planned to release the 3d draft in November, but staff needed more time to address comments and to edit.

    Major Austin institutions continue to critique the premise behind CodeNEXT and its content. Before the new year, the Austin Independent School District released a strong resolution calling into question CodeNEXT’s basic premise that increasing residential density would lead to affordable housing for working families. AISD called for the preservation of family-friendly neighborhoods. According to the district, existing homes remain the most reliable form of affordable housing for the families that send their children to Austin’s public schools and the teachers who work in them. The school district also warned against CodeNEXT’s elimination of the city’s existing parking rules.

    The City of Austin’s Environmental Commission thus far has refused to support CodeNEXT, saying it has potential negative impacts on area flooding and other environmental issues.

    Austin’s Historic Landmark Commission passed a resolution in October stating that CodeNEXT Draft 2 "does not go far enough to encourage the continued use of existing building fabric, which is a vital component of a diverse, vibrant and equitable community. Instead, CodeNEXT continues to enable the demolition and replacement of existing housing stock with new construction. Consequently, the Commission cannot recommend the adoption of CodeNEXT as written."

  • Committee Reports
  • Discussion

Revised Agenda for the November 15, 2017 Meeting of the Hancock Neighborhood Association

Hancock Neighborhood Association Meeting
Hancock Recreation Center
November 15, 2017 7:00-8:30pm

OFFICER NOMINATIONS-PLEASE ATTEND

Agenda:

  1. Officer Nominations
  2. Historic Zoning Application
  3. CodeNext Update

Agenda for the November 15, 2017 Meeting of the Hancock Neighborhood Association

Hancock Neighborhood Association Meeting
Hancock Recreation Center
November 15, 2017 7:00-8:30pm

OFFICER NOMINATIONS-PLEASE ATTEND

Agenda:

  1. Officer Nominations
  2. Open for discussion
  3. CodeNext Update

Special Meeting of the Hancock Neighborhood Association October 19, 2017

This is to announce a special called meeting for HNA onTHURSDAY, October 19th at 7: 00 PM at the Hancock Recreation Center, room 2. The purpose of the meeting is to submit a neighborhood resolution on the 2nd draft of the Code and zoning map before October 31st. This will be sent to the Mayor and Council and members of the Planning Commission and Zoning and Platting Commission.

Please come with a resolution(s) which you would like to be considered; please try and send out to the neighborhood list serve before October 19th.

If you haven’t already commented on the Code, please do; if you need assistance, send email to Mary Sanger at MarySanger70@gmail.com, include your phone number and Mary will call you and walk you through the process. The last day for comments is October 31st.

If time allows, we can discuss any other issues on your mind.

PS: Nominations for 2018 HNA Officers will be on Wednesday, November 15,2017

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