5/1/14 NA Stakeholder's Meeting with TXDOT & Consultants

Jim Rankin represented HNA in the recent NA Stakeholder's Meeting by TXDOT & their Consultants , HNTB, Etc. on 5/1. Following are his notes:

Here are the TXDOT proposed IH-35 re-designs between 15th/290E for everyone in HNA to see on the www.mobility35.org website. Quick link: http://www.mobility35.org/news_room/workshop_materials.aspx.

Some items I list might not be all that was discussed (see TXDOT posted plans and options for complete picture):

IH-35 through Austin is #1 in Texas Static Traffic Congestion (Go Austin, We're #1).

35% higher accident rate than Texas Average.
200,000 Vehicles/day currently.
2012-2013 Fastest growing City in US, 2.6%.

Current plans:

  1. ADD two lanes in center of lower deck and full miles of IH-35 between Kyle/Georgetown for "FTC (Future Transportation Corridor)" that has not been defined exactly what those lanes entail (toll, HOV, etc., rail was a participant's comment). So 4 lanes each direction. Lower deck retaining walls would need to be more vertical and ALL bridge abutments must be rebuilt for wider clearance. Upper deck structure was not built to carry weight of any additional lanes.
  2. Rebuild ALL bridges over the lower deck, bridge design not settled but should allow the current cross-traffic, probably U-turn lanes to avoid the traffic lights, safer peds/bikes lanes, and wider abutment opening at lower deck level.
  3. No IH-35 Northbound onramps between the current one N. of 15th st/new one N. of Airport. Northbound offramps remain at Manor/32nd, and N. of 38th. Tentative Off-ramp Option just N. of 32nd (where onramp will be deleted) , would take some access frontage lots as accessroad must shift east, but would have 1/2 depth of those lots remaining to figure out sound barrier buffer. Tentative removal of on-ramp from MLK to upper deck, but many in meeting stated they would like that one to remain.

Agenda for the May 21 Meeting of the Hancock Neighborhood Association

Hancock Neighborhood Association Meeting
Wednesday, May 21st
7:30pm – 9:00pm
Hancock Recreation Center

Please note time change to meeting start to allow for the Community Engagement meeting from 6:00 to 7:30pm at the Hancock Recreation Center.

The community engagement meeting will be led by the city to discuss the neighborhood plan amendment regarding Tract 3 of the Perry Estate

Voting Item on agenda. 2014 HNA Membership Dues- $5.00 per household (Only members in good standing are entitled to vote in HNA meetings.)


Linda Guerrero designated to chair meeting


  1. Speaker on Water Conservation COA staff Chris Charles
  2. Voting Item Related to Keasbey Street property: Request for support of variance to allow interior remodel
  3. Perry Estate for Discussion and possible action
  4. Announcements:
    • Call for officer nominations: VP stepped down
    • Secretary position unfilled
  5. Adjourn


Perry Estate Update

Below is a summary of the pending and future applications for the Perry Mansion from Michele Rogerson Lynch, Director of Land Use & Entitlements, Metcalfe Wolff Stuart & Williams, LLP. Ms. Lynch wrote that it is intended to be fairly detailed in order "to show what the specific needs and requests are and that they are in line with the previous agreements and conditions."




Second Annual Ney Day Saturday, May 3

COME CELEBRATE Elisabet Ney, her art and her legacy, with music, art, performances, hands on activities and more! ALL FREE

Featuring live music from SeVana Marimba, Rosie Flores, Jennifer Cook, Yes Ma'am Brass Band, and Fiddlisa and Friends!

Activities include trapeze, hula hoopers, clay and limestone sculpting, food trucks, jugglers, technology activities, bookmaking, and more! A highlight is a spray-paint art performance. Booths from GirlStart, Girls' Rock Camp, Austin Bookmakers Guild, The South Austin Museum of Popular Culture, The Museum of Natural and Artificial Ephemerata, Amy’s Ice Cream, UT Press, the Asian American Resource Center, the George
Washington Carver Center, and more!

Presented with assistance from Texas Folklife and support from Texas Commission on the Arts

SECOND ANNUAL NEY DAY! Saturday May 3 from noon to 5PM!

Free! Come see it!


Hancock Spring Native Plant Swap Saturday, May 3rd

Hancock Native Plant Swap - free event

Who: You, this event thrives with your participation.
What: Bring any plants* that do well here but are not invasive**, you get to take that many plants home.  You'll also get a free 6-pack of milkweed.
Where: Mother's Cafe & Garden  4215 Duval Street, 78751

Attached is a picture of a small sampling of plants that I have so far for the swap: Fall Aster, American Elderberry, Mexican Feathergrass, Skullcap, Cowpen Daisy, LOTS of milkweed to be given away to swap participants (will send pics of milkweed seedlings later).

More at http://www.facebook.com/NativePlantSwap

Spread the word...the more people that know about it, the more great plants to choose from!

Hancock resident
NWF Habitat Steward

Agenda for the March 19 Meeting of the Hancock Neighborhood Association

Hancock Neighborhood Association Meeting
Wednesday, March 19th
7:00pm – 8:30pm
Hancock Recreation Center

Voting Item on agenda. 2014 HNA Membership Dues- $5.00 per household
(Only members in good standing are entitled to vote in HNA meetings.)


  1. APD District Representatives
    Officers Josh Metteauer and Gary Griffin
    Meet your officers, updates, and feedback
  2. Voting Item Related to Perry Estate:
    Zoning changes were approved by Council and a Declaration of Restrictive Covenant drawn from the Zoning and Development Standards negotiated by the HNA Special Committee has been filed, but without HNA named as a party to the Declaration. Zoning changes and the standards in the Restrictive Covenant are final.The vote is to have membership approval to advance the process of adding HNA as a party to the Declaration of Restrictive Covenant, which will allow the HNA to enforce compliance to the terms of the Declaration.
  3. Historical Marker for Hancock Golf Course
    Update and approval of funds
  4. CodeNext: What’s the impact on Neighborhoods?
    Presentation by Jeff Jack
  5. Reports by Officers and Committees
  6. Adjourn

HNA Meeting Minutes for January 15, 2014

Cap Metro Public Open House Saturday, February 8

Just wanted to follow-up with you and let you know that a public open house has been set for Saturday, February 8th at ACC Highland from 9:30AM-12:00PM.

More details to follow, but please mark your calendars if you would like to attend and feel free to pass along the information to your fellow neighbors.

As a quick update for you, per the CCAG meeting last Friday, the two alignments under consideration in the Hancock/Hyde Park corridor are Red River and Duval. The modes under consideration range from urban rail to streetcar to articulated bus.

Whether these are mixed use or dedicated lanes has not been decided. Whether these are below ground, above ground, or require expanding roads to compensate similarly has not been decided. We are in the early stages of the project so please do come and voice your preferences or concerns.

Willie Cecil
Cap Metro, Community Involvement
Work: 512.389.7525
Cell: 214.674.8181

Project Connect Update - January 14, 2014

Agenda for the January 15 Meeting of the Hancock Neighborhood Association

Hancock Neighborhood Association Meeting
Wednesday, January 15th
7:00pm – 8:30pm
Hancock Recreation Center

2014 HNA Membership Dues Collected; $5.00 per household
(Only members in good standing are entitled to vote in HNA meetings.)


  1. Capital Metro Presentation
    Willie Cecil
    Proposed transit solutions for Austin’s central corridor presentation and opportunity for neighborhood questions and input: the Hancock hub; bus or rail; possible routes
  2. Announcement:
    APD District Representative for Hancock
  3. Voting Item—Election of HNA Officers:
    • Secretary: open
    • Treasurer: Bruce Fairchild
    • Vice President: David Yeager
    • President: Carolyn Palaima
  4. Reports and Announcements by HNA committees
  5. Adjourn
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