Agenda for the May 15th Meeting of the Hancock Neighborhood Association

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


  • Guest Speaker Presentation:
    Jonathan Tomko and Marti Bier
    Neighborhood Housing and Community Development
    City of Austin
    Topic:  Affordable Housing. What Affordable Housing means for Austin, where we stand, and what discussion is generated by the rewrite of the Land Development Code. (30 minutes)
  • Guest Speaker Presentation:
    David Boston, National Wildlife Federation Habitat Steward
    Staryn Wagner, City of Austin Watershed Protection
    Topic: Habitat Plantings and Riparian Restoration for Hancock Golf Course. Possible habitat and esthetic plantings, use of new irrigation system, enhancement and engagement. (30 minutes)
  • Update: Harris Avenue Duplexes (15 minutes)
  • Reports and Announcements by HNA committees (15 minutes)
  • Adjourn

Board of Adjustment Hearing Re. Harris Avenue Duplexes Monday, May 13 at 5:30pm

There is a Board of Adjustment hearing about proposed dorm duplexes at 718, 720 and 722 Harris Avenue on Monday, May 13 at 5:30 to consider an appeal filed for an interpretation that the zoning code permits only one building to be constructed on that site -- not three. Residents of Central and North Central Austin are urged to attend, and show support; and to also let the City Manager, City Attorney and City officials know we want the duplex occupancy limits lowered. The hearing will be held at City Council Chambers.

Stop Stealth Dorms

A severe problem has been developing in Central and North Central Austin neighborhoods related to housing called "dorm-style duplexes" or "stealth dorms." The terms generally describe duplexes or houses rented to six or more unrelated people, usually students, who use them as dormitories or rooming houses. For the last eight years, college towns across the country have responded to the issue of stealth dorm duplexes in older neighborhoods by lowering occupancy limits of dorm-style duplexes. It’s time for Austin to do the same.

Stealth dorms and dorm duplexes are devastating neighborhoods and disrupting lives in Central and North Central Austin neighborhoods. Please take a minute to look at this website and ask the City of Austin to take emergency action to stop this plague in our neighborhoods.

Huffstickler Green Dedication on Saturday, May 4 at 10:30 am

The Hyde Park, Hancock, and North University Neighborhood Associations would like to invite you to attend the dedication of Huffstickler Green, honoring Albert Huffstickler (1929-2002).

The dedication will be held Saturday, May 4th at 10:30 am at the Green located on the northeast corner of 38th Street and Duval Street.

We will gather in gratitude for the new space created by the efforts of so many people and to honor Albert Huffstickler and his legacy of poetry. The Neighborhood Associations will note those who helped make this happen. Friends and fellow poets will share their memories and the poetry of our beloved Hyde Park poet.

Hope to see you there!

City of Austin Notice for Public Hearing on Perry Estate Historic Zoning

City of Austin Notice for Perry Estate Rezoning Application

The rezoning application itself can be found here:

HNA Meeting Minutes for March 20, 2013

Help Stop The Destruction of Urban Family Neighborhood by Dorm Style Housing

Authored by Angela Pack Zia and Mary Sanger.

(Updated April 16, 2013)

The multitude of nuisance, safety and traffic problems that dorm-style housing generates is absolutely incompatible with family neighborhoods and can have a rapid devastating impact on single family neighborhoods. Mike Wong, President of Northfield Neighborhood Association ( stated that his neighborhood has lost 10 single family homes within the last six weeks to dorm-style housing, with a total of 20 single family homes being replaced by dorm-style housing within the past six months. The result is a high percent turn over within the past six months whereby single family homes in the neighborhood have been replaced with dorm-style housing. More are on their way as four more homes have been recently demolished on 51st between Guadalupe and Duval and more homes demolished on North Loop. Because of this incompatibility with dorm-style housing and single family homes, the single family occupants are forced to leave, thereby, creating a domino effect in the community that continues to greatly negatively impact existing single family residents.

Clark Lyda 3-19-13 Letter to HNA

Free Electronics Recycling Event Saturday, March 23, 2013 Saturday 10am - 3pm at St. Paul Lutheran Church

March 23, 2013
Saturday 10am - 3pm
Drop off Location: St. Paul Lutheran Church Parking Lot
3407 Red River Austin, Texas 78705

Personal Computers
Laptops & Notebooks
Servers &Networking Equipment Paints & Solvents
Routers & Modems Household Appliances
Mobile Phones Washers & Dryers
SmartPhones & Tablets
Hazardous Waste
Copiers & Printers
Keyboards & Mice
Cables & Chargers
Game Consoles
A/V Equipment
Flat Screen & CRT Monitors

This is a free service provided by VertiGO RECOVER and portions of the proceeds from the collection of electronic waste at this event will go directly to St. Paul Lutheran School Austin, Texas. For additional information on services we provide please visit our website at If you are a business and need to schedule a local pickup please call (512) 300-9814

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