Austin Water Staging Area

"Renewing Austin" is a five-year program to upgrade aging water lines and to keep pace with the infrastructure demands of a growing city. We are currently replacing waterlines in several areas north of the University of Texas. Working in the dense central city area is always a challenge. I wanted to make you aware that we are planning to use the area bordered by East 38th ½ East 38th and Red River Streets as a staging area. This area is owned by the City of Austin. I would be happy to meet with your board if you have any questions regarding the use of this space.

We will be presenting this issue of using a portion of this triangle of land for a construction staging area to the Parks and Recreation Board this coming Tuesday, August 27th. The meeting will be at 6 p.m. in the Boards and Commission Room at City Hall. At that time, we will request official approval for use of the space. If allowed, the space would be used for about 1 year and would take up a similar footprint as the last staging area. We will be paying the Parks department approximately $40,000 in mitigation fees for the area. Parks determines if the money will be used at the site, or in other areas. They often take the direction of the neighborhood association on how they will use this money.

I encourage you to come to this meeting and voice any concerns you may have over us working the area. I have attached the maps that will be presented at the meeting.


Jill Mayfield
Austin Water Public Information


City Council Resolution 20130808-051 Regarding Hyde Park Plaza

Input to CoA on Stealth Dorms

The following information was provided by Mary Sanger:

The Austin City Council recently passed two resolutions relating to rental registration. The first was offered by Council Member Spelman, and it calls for the City Manager to initiate Code amendments for stiffer penalties for repeat violators of public health and safety codes and to require certain repeat offenders to register with the City. The second was offered by Council Member Tovo, and it calls for the City Manager to develop a one-year pilot registration program for certain residential rental property in the areas of North Austin Civic Association, Restore Rundberg, East Riverside/Oltorf Combined Neighborhood, Central Austin Neighborhood Advisory Committee Planning Areas, Hyde Park, Northfield, and North Loop.

The Tovo resolution specifically addresses stealth dorms. However, its primary thrust is multifamily properties, which the Austin Code Compliance Department has interpreted to mean triplexes and larger. With respect to duplexes and houses, the ordinance directs the program to "identify conditions under which registration for single family or duplex rental properties would be required." At a meeting hosted July 16th by the Code Compliance Department, Director Carl Smart indicated that they are considering repeat offenses as a possible trigger of registration for duplexes and houses.

Agenda for the July 17th Meeting of the Hancock Neighborhood Association

Hancock Neighborhood Association Meeting
Wednesday, July 17th
7:00 pm – 8:30pm
Hancock Recreation Center


  1. Hyde Park Market, 45th and Duval
    Tony Hooman, owner
    Request for Support: Zoning variance to have beer taps in the store to allow customers to purchase growlers for home consumption.
    Additional Item: Possibility of small beer garden.
  2. Residential Permit Parking for Park Blvd, between Duval and Barrow
    Laura McAfee, presenter
  3. Hancock Trail Update and Approval of Expenditure:
    Next segment, bridge, and maintenance.
    Expenditure: To furnish and install a 2 rail fence system along the drop off on the 38th Street or south side of the trail around Hancock Golf Course.
  4. Approval of Resolution to Increase PARD funding:
    Vote to approve resolution to increase Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) budget to be submitted to the Mayor and Council as part of the Great Austin Parks coalition.
  5. CANPAC Vacancy:
    Nominations and vote to fill HNA CANPAC position vacated by Mike Hirsch.
  6. Updates:
    • Harris Avenue Duplexes
    • Rental Registration Resolution
    • HNA Bylaws
  7. Reports and Announcements by HNA committees
  8. Adjourn

4th of July Neighborhood Parade and Picnic!!

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On Thursday, July 4th at 10:00 am, the third annual 4th of July Parade and Picnic will be presented by the Hancock Neighborhood Association. Please join us for a fun-filled morning with Cupcake the Clown, Austin Fire Dept's Engine 3, and the Austin Police Department!!

In an effort to keep the cost down, each year we ask for help pulling the event together. If you plan to attend, please consider lending a hand to help make this a fun event for all of our families.

WISH LIST: (AKA: please bring them if you can!!)

* Folding Tables
* Trash Cans,
* Watermelon (already sliced even better!)
* Desserts like apple pie or cookies

We will also need volunteers to help set up, break down or prepare in the days before. Your help would be greatly appreciated. If you are interested in volunteering or have questions, please contact Melissa Linden at mkalinden (at)

All families and pets are invited to participate in the parade or to cheer on the participants along the route. The parade route will begin at the Lee Elementary School parking lot on Harris Avenue and travel west on Harris Avenue, north on Woodrow Street, west on Texas Avenue, south on Montrose, and then follow Harris Avenue back to Lee Elementary. At the school we will enjoy watermelon, lemonade, cold water, entertainment for the kids and more! Cupcake the Clown is confirmed to Face Paint and we have adjusted the time to 10AM in the hopes of having the #3 Fire Truck lead us out!!

Please dress up your pets, children, wagons, and bikes, bring a picnic and and join your neighbors in celebrating this festive occasion. We are planning to gather at 10, and parade at 10:30. Hope to see you then!

Happy 4th of July!!

Stealth Dorms Updates

Current updates on the Harris Avenue Duplex, rental registration, and duplex occupancy limits can be found at

June 2013 Newsletter

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.

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