Agenda for the September 18, 2019 Meeting of the Hancock Neighborhood Association

The Hancock Neighborhood Association meets at 7:00pm Wednesday, September 18 at the Hancock Recreation Center.


  1. Rick Kocian-Hancock Recreation Center Director
  2. LHD Committee Update
  3. Committee Reports
  4. General Discussion


HNA Meeting Minutes for July 17, 2019

Hancock Neighborhood Association Meeting Minutes July 17, 2019


  1. CodeNEXT is Not Dead

    The first item on the agenda was a presentation by Barbara McArthur on the current CodeNEXT directives, with specific focus on the proposed “transition zones.” These zones could greatly alter the fabric of Austin neighborhoods, particularly the Central core neighborhoods.  See attachments. (You might also look at the August issue of Hyde Parks Pecan Press which has a well-written summary of the proposed zones.  (

    Barbara McArthur’s slide presentation

    See Neighborhood Alert, July 17, 2019 on HNA website page.

  2. A vote on resolution to support the rezoning of 3805 Red River and to Amend the Future Land Use Map

    Alyson McGee, Preservation Austin Board member, confirmed that Preservation Austin had purchased the historic home at 3805 Red River, and Preservation Austin would restore and repair it to its original condition. PA would like HNA to support its application to rezone the property from residential use to light office. This rezoning would also require HNA to amend its FLUM-future land use map. Because the land development code is being revised and current zoning terminology-light office, for example, might not exist in the revised Code, Mike Hebert suggested that a restrictive covenant defining the uses of the home and property be agreed to by HNA and Preservation Austin. Thus, rather than vote on a resolution supporting the rezoning, a motion was made by Mary Sanger and unanimously passed to have HNA’s zoning committee meet with Preservation Austin and discuss details of a restrictive covenant governing the uses of the property.  The Zoning Committee will report back to the Association at its September meeting.

  3. Update on Hancock Local Historic District by Terri Myers

    The Committee is nearing completion of a condensed version of the 168 questions asked by attendees at the May 29 meeting hosted by the City Preservation Office at Trinity Church.  The condensed version will be posted on the website in the near future.  All 168 Q/As from the City Preservation Office are already posted and will remain in place for easy reference for those wishing to consult both.  As other questions are raised, they will be posted as well at

    A number of attendees of the May 29 meeting asked that a second presentation be provided (first one on March 7, 2019) on basic information about historic districts, their impact on the neighborhood, on residents and on property owners. As a result, the LHD Committee is organizing a follow up meeting for the fall.  Additional informational sessions are being considered as well.  Watch for further announcements here and on the LHD website. Please also be aware that the PowerPoint program about historic districts from the March 7 meeting is available at  There is good information to be found there.

    The Committee is also seeking volunteers to serve as block or area captains to help with district educational outreach.  Volunteers are needed from different areas of the neighborhood, including the 32nd/Harris Park/Harris Street area, Hampton area, Carolyn/Texas/Montrose area, east of Red River in the 38th St. area, the area north of HEB, Park Blvd., and others. If you have a yen for talking to your neighbors about an historic district, getting feedback, providing information, please contact us by going to Hancock’s local historic district website: See the contact tab.

    Block captains are needed for each area. We look forward to hearing from you!  -- The LHD Committee

Rescheduled: HNA Zoning Committee Administrative Meeting Now Thursday, August 8

HNA Zoning committee will have an administrative meeting Thursday the 8th of Aug at 7pm at 802 Harris Ave.

HNA Zoning Committee Administrative Meeting Wednesday, July 31

The HNA Zoning committee will have an administrative meeting Wed the 31st at 7pm at 802 Harris Ave.

Hugh Bender

Commodore Perry Estate Redevelopment - Site Plan

The current Perry Estate site plan is available here:

Hancock Neighborhood Meeting, Wednesday, July 17, 2019: CodeNEXT IS NOT DEAD

The Hancock Neighborhood Association meets at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, July 17th, 2019 at the Hancock Recreation Center


1. CodeNEXT is alive and well & on a fast track to change our neighborhood
2. Vote on resolution to support the rezoning of 3805 Red River & to amend the Future Land Use Map*
3. Local Historic District Up-Date
4. Committee Reports
5. Discussion

PS: Our District 9 Council member, Kathie Tovo, has a new communication & outreach coordinator, Nicole Golden, MSSW
512.978.2109, main

Hancock Neighborhood meeting, Wednesday, July 17, 2019

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Hancock Neighborhood Association will meet at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at the Hancock Recreation Center.

There’ s lots to discuss & one voting item. Full agenda will be sent out in a few days. If anybody wants to add to the agenda, please contact Mark Harkrider.

Mary Sanger
Secretary, HNA

HNA Letter of Support for Robertson/Stuart and Mair Local Historic District

From: mary sanger <>
Date: June 17, 2019 at 3:30:44 PM CDT
Subject: Support for Robertson/Stuart and Mair Local Historic District

Members of the Hancock Neighborhood Association enthusiastically supports the application for the Robertson/Stuart and Mair Local Historic District.

The new district would provide valuable recognition for a unique community in Near East Austin where long-established Latino and African American communities maintain a thriving urban neighborhood culture in the shadow of the important historic sites of the Texas State Cemetery and the French Legation.

Nearby are several churches that remain touchstones for these communities, as well as having their own histories during Austin’s Civil Rights movement. Not far from the community stands the historically black Huston-Tillotson University, one of the oldest such institutions in Texas.

In addition to being a living community of individuals, the Robertson/Stuart and Mair district is a walkable museum of working class and middle class house types from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as well as being home to some remaining commercial structures from the same period.

The area is attractive to tourists and other visitors, drawing University Interscholastic League student tours and others to the Texas State Cemetery and the French Legation. Huston Tillotson now draws students from around the country and the world, as well as serving the neighborhood.

All of these elements combine in a unique combination of a viable historic urban neighborhood with some of the deepest roots in Austin. We hope that the City of Austin will soon approve the application for this important recognition.

Respectfully Hancock Neighborhood Association Officers & Committee Members:

Mark Harkrider
Jim Rankin
Jetta Todaro
David Guarino
Coan Dillahunty
Jennifer Dillahunty
Mary Sanger
Linda Guerrero
Julie Strong
Madelyn Kidd

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