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.


  • 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

Hancock Recreation Center Newsletter - December 2017

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Hancock Recreation Center Newsletter December 2017

Hancock Recreation Center

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Community Recreation
December 2017
South Austin Senior Activity Center - Breakfast with Santa 2016
2017 Senior Community Engagement Survey

Help us gain valuable information to improve the accessibility and quality of the services provided at Senior Activity Centers.
the Survey
Special Events Calendar
  • Pecan Cracking - Now through January 26th at

    Lamar Senior Activity Center
    • Bring your pecans to be cracked for only .50/lb. Drop Off and/or Pick Up Hours: Monday-Wednesday 9am - 3pm and Friday 9am -1pm.
  • Nut Sales - Now through December 29th at

    Lamar Senior Activity Center
    • Best nuts in Austin! A variety of Almonds, Walnuts, Cashews and other yummy treats! See flyer for prices!
  • Hancock Candlelight Trail - December 1st & 2nd at

    Hancock Recreation Center
    • Take a stroll around the beautiful Hancock Golf Course after dusk and see the thousands of lumenaries lighting the path. Then join the party inside for hot chocolate, cookies, and a performance
      by the Austin International Folk Dancers. Santa Sighting! FREE
  • Breakfast with Santa - December 2nd
    9:00am at
    Dittmar Recreation Center
    • Come hang out with us for a light breakfast, sing-a-long songs, crafts and don't forget the camera. Santa Sighting! FREE
  • Breakfast with Santa - December 9th
    10:00am at
    Gus Garcia Recreation Center
    • Come hang out with us for a light breakfast, sing-a-long songs, crafts and don't forget the camera. Santa Sighting! FREE
  • Holiday Celebration - December 9th  11:00am at

    Montopolis Recreation Center
    • Annual Holiday Celebration with delicious lunch, arts and crafts & musical entertainment. Santa Sighting! FREE
  • Family Gingerbread Workshop -
    December 9th 10:00am at
    South Austin Recreation Center
    • Bring your family and enjoy decorating gingerbread cookies, making holiday ornaments and fresh hot chocolate!
  • Night Before Christmas Break - December 14th 5:30pm at

    Metz Recreation Center 
    • Play holiday games, enjoy a snack, and win some treats and eats for the entire family. Santa Sighting! FREE
  • 15th Annual Austin Fire Department Senior Holiday Luncheon -
    December 13th 10:00am at
    Conley-Guerrero Senior Activity Center
    • Enjoy a special lunch with the Austin Fire Department and maybe win some prizes! This event is designed for ages 50+. FREE
  • Merry Memories - December 16th from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Dove
    Springs Recreation Center
    • Come join us and the River City Youth Foundation for music, prizes, hot chocolate, and fun!
  • Story Time with Santa -
    December 22nd 10:30am at
    Northwest Recreation Center
    • Wear your favorite pajamas and enjoy a snack of milk and cookies while listening to a winter classic. This event is designed for walking toddlers to 5 years of age. Santa Sighting! $2.00
      per child
Hancock Recreation Center Highlights
Hancock Candlelight Trail

This December 1st and 2nd 2017, Hancock Recreation Center will host it's annual Candlelight Trail. Walk the beautiful trail illuminated by 2000 candles, then join us inside the recreation center for hot cocoa and cookies. Both nights a jolly visitor will be
on hand to trade candy canes for letters and take photos with his fans in front of the tree. Bring the whole family Friday night for live music and dancing provided by the Austin International Folk Dancers. Join us Saturday evening for a good old fashioned
game night with Contra and Folk Dancing for everyone. Hope to see you there!
Hancock Soccer

Coach Brian Guequierre has been a volunteer Coach of Hancock Recreation Center\92s soccer program for over 13 years. He has lent his expertise every fall and spring season. Brian has seen staff come and go, along with rule changes and many adaptations, yet he
returns. He has mentored over 260 soccer participants, coached 156 games and ran well over 200 practices in his time with us. He currently coaches the much requested \93Red Hot Chili Peppers\94 team who sports the signature red shirts.  

Thank you Coach Brian for your dedication and service to the Hancock Community!

Out of School Time Programs  

The Parks and Recreation Department is committed to offering programs that foster Youth Development in a safe and caring environment. We believe in creating opportunities for youth that expose them to critical thinking and leadership development while helping
them explore their interests through enhancements, arts, and active play.Come and experience the spectrum of opportunities with the Parks and Recreation Youth Programs.

Afterschool Program

The Afterschool Program is designed to foster development through active play and enrichment activities. The schedule includes: child directed free play, a healthy snack, homework/reading time, staff led active play, and theme based enrichment activities. Enjoy
uncovering the mystery of how things work? Together we will discover the inner workings of the stuff that enhances our lives. From roller coasters to the chemistry of cooking, and from sound to solar power, we'll investigate all types of systems so you can
say I KNOW HOW THAT WORKS! Please call
Springs Recreation Center
for more details and availability.
Kindergarten - 5th Grade

2:57pm - 6:00pm

$120 per resident per month

$200 per non-resident per month

** Monthly payments are due on the 1st of the month by 5:00pm

Fall Semester Deposit: $100 due at time of registration

Spring Semester Deposit: due December 1st

**Deposits will be evenly applied ($20) to each month in the semester.

Winter Camp Days

These programs are offered during school holidays or teacher work days when there is not a City of Austin holiday. Check with your

Recreation Center
if they will be providing this program and register now before it sneaks up on you!

Camp Days (C-Days):

December 20, 21, 22, 28, 29

January 2

Kindergarten - 5th Grade

7:30am - 6:00pm

$24 per resident per day

$40 per non-resident per day
Youth Sports Programs

Winter Co-Ed Basketball

Our Winter Basketball league is structured to be a safe, recreational league aimed at beginner to intermediate players. This is a non-competitive league with volunteer coaches. Weekly practices are scheduled for eight weeks and games on Saturday for six weeks. A
jersey and end of season award are included in the program fees. This year we will also be providing one ticket per participant to attend an Austin Spurs game with the awards ceremony during half-time! We are always looking for enthusiastic
and supportive volunteer coaches to make a positive impact on our program. Please contact

Dove Springs Recreation Center
 for more information.
5 - 12 years

$40 per resident

$70 per non-resident


October 27th - December 4th (late registration through December 11th)

Games Start: February 3rd

Senior Activity Centers 
Evening Programs Now Available!

The City of Austin's
Lamar Senior Activity Center
is now offering classes in the evenings on Mondays and Wednesdays. Look for more evening programs in 2018: Yoga, Game Nights, Food and Beverage Classes, Gardening, Dance Classes, Fiscal and Physical Wellbeing Seminars, "Mental
Agility" programs and more! Come hang out with us and be sure to register prior to program.
Pilates     Monday     6pm-7pm     FREE

Improve flexibility, build strength and develop control and endurance in the entire body. Light weights and low impact resistance training.

Book Club     3rd Monday of the Month     7:15pm-8:15pm     FREE

gether we will choose a book and in a fun and informal setting we will discuss what drew us to the story line, what characters spoke to us and identify passages tha made an impact or we found interesting.

Mindful Relaxation     Wednesday     6pm-7pm     FREE

While lying on mats or sitting in chairs you will be guided through awareness and conscious choices to find relaxation. Participants will learn how to control the amount of tension and stress in their bodies and muscles.

Craft Night     Every Other Wednesday     6:30pm     FREE

The Arts and Crafts room will be open and materials will be set out for you to come and work on projects while so

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



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

Coffee with a Cop November 7, 2017

“Coffee with a Cop” ><

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

Our next Coffee with a Cop will take place next Tuesday at the Castillian Apartments, 2323 San Antonio St. from 8am-10am. This event is being sponsored by Safehorns. SafeHorns is a private coalition of concerned parents, stakeholders, and citizens, committed to taking constructive action to improve safety and security conditions for UT students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Hope to see you there!

SPO Eric Copeland #6766
Region 1 District Representatives (Baker 1)
Austin Police Dept

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



  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, 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

Mayor Adler Will Attend the Hancock Neighborhood Association Meeting Wednesday, September 20

Please put on your calendar Wednesday, September 20th at 6:30 pm at the Hancock Recreation Center and let your neighbors know the Mayor will be attending our regularly scheduled meeting.

The Mayor will address our concerns about the new land development Code - CodeNEXT - and the proposed new zoning for Hancock neighborhood.

The 2nd draft of the Code and the associated zoning map will be made public on September 15th. Before the 20th meeting with the Mayor, we will do our best to let HNA members know what changes, if any, have been made to the proposed rezoning of Hancock neighborhood. The first draft of the map, which was released in April, changed our neighborhood from single-family zoning to multi-family.

This is an important meeting and I hope to see you there.

Mark Harkrider
President, Hancock Neighborhood Association

(the September 20th meeting for District 9 with Kathie Tovo has been rescheduled, we will let you know when a date has been set.)

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.

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


CodeNext Resolution

CodeNext Letter

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

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