HNA Zoning and Development Committee Meeting Agenda for September 8

HNA Zoning-Development Agenda

September 8, 2015 

Time: 6:45pm         Location: Hancock Recreation Center basement


  1. Call meeting to order
  2. Approve minutes from August 2, 2015.
  3. Presentation by Mr.Yang regarding his potential project at 910 Duncan Lane
  4. Update Status: Duplex Resolution
  5. Update: 3206 Beanna project
  6. Neighborhood Communication-Three minutes to address any zoning item
  7. New Business-Future agenda items
  8. Adjourn

August 17 Spillar-Tovo Memo Re. 32nd St. Mobility Project Proposal

TO: Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo, District 9

CC: Robert Goode, P.E., Assistant City Manager

FROM: Robert Spillar, P.E., Director, Austin Transportation Department

DATE: August 17th, 2015

SUBJECT: 32nd Street Mobility Project Proposal

The purpose of this memorandum is to make you aware of a proposed project to improve safety and mobility on 32nd safety and mobility on 32nd Street is located in in Central Austin, City Council District 9, as shown in the map on page 2.

To read more, see

A Message from the Austin Code Department

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

Meet the new Waller Creek!

You're Invited to Meet the New Waller Creek

The Waller Creek Conservancy invites you to learn about the exciting transformation coming to Waller Creek!

We're hosting a series of informational meetings around the city. These events are free and open to the public and we hope you will join us.

WCC staff, City of Austin staff, and consultants will be on hand to provide a project overview, answer questions and hear your thoughts about the Waller Creek project. Whether you're curious to learn about Waller for the first time or have been involved along the way and are looking for an update, these meetings are for you.

Wednesday, August 5th, 6 PM - 8 PM
The Thinkery
1830 Simond Ave.

Thursday, August 6th, 6 PM - 8 PM
Ann Richards School
2206 Prather Ln.

Wednesday, August 19th, 8 AM - 9:30 AM
Waller Ballroom
700 E. 6th St.

Wednesday, August 19th, 6 PM - 8 PM
ACC Eastview Campus
3401 Webberville Rd.

Please RSVP to

If you'd like to get acquainted with the project before attending, we encourage you to visit our website at If you have any questions, feel free to call us at 512-541-3520 or email us at

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 Zoning and Development Committee August Meeting Cancelled

The HNA Zoning and Development Committee has cancelled the August 3rd meeting due to lack of any agenda items.

IH-35 plans, Deck and Riverside

Hi all,

For distribution to HNA website and maybe newspaper.

Below is a link to a Community Impact article on the latest TxDOT proposals and some initial reactions that came out today. The print version is slated for distribution later this week. Thought it would be of interest to some folks in HNA.

Also, I attended the 7/21 Community Meeting that TXDOT put on at Martin Middle School for the planned IH-35 Improvements from Holly Street to Oltorf.

Those plans can be found on Click on Austin, then the blue planned projects and click on Riverside blue dot, then downloads for the schematics to see what's up.

IH-35 bridge must widen on both service roads/pedestrian paths. The current vertical up and down creating blind curve just south of riverside will be greatly smoothed out and curve radius increased. NB Service road can go under Riverside avoiding the traffic light.


Jim Rankin
HNA Transportation Committee

HNA Resolution on Duplex Development July 15, 2015

Note from HNA President Mark Harkrider to City Council Member Kathy Tovo July 23, 2015:

Council Member Tovo:

On July 15, 2015, the Hancock Neighborhood Association passed the attached resolution asking the City Council to disallow duplex developments within the HNA boundaries. As District 9 Council member and as a resident of a nearby neighborhood, you understand the development challenges facing central Austin's older single-family neighborhoods. In the Hancock neighborhood, the new occupancy limits for unrelated adults, along with the rise in property values and taxes, have helped prevent the demolition of large numbers of single family homes to be replaced by stealth dorm duplexes. However, in recent months, we have seen investors from Houston to Midland buy single-family residences with the intent of replacing them with duplexes. At the same time, our neighborhood is also attracting young families with small children who are buying what is available. More single-family homes would be available if duplexes were not allowed in SF-3 zoning, and the Hancock neighborhood would retain its single-family characteristics which will, in turn, support our elementary school, parks and other services.

In passing this resolution, HNA members agreed with the City of Austin's Planning Commission,which in an action to stop the misuses of single-family zoned property, unanimously passed a recommendation on February 15th, 2015, for the City Council to create a new zoning category called “multi family lite” which would encompass duplexes, fourplexes. and sixplexes.

The Hancock Neighborhood Association understands the requested amendment to the SF zoning might be addressed within the CodeNext process, but at this time, HNA members ask that you convey this resolution to appropriate City staff, to the Mayor and Council Members in a manner you deem appropriate.

Best regards, Mark Harkrider
President, HNA

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