HNA News

HISTORICAL SURVEY: The architectural survey of historic buildings, structures, objects and sites in our neighborhood has been completed and the team is in the process of evaluating properties and entering data. A draft historic context was completed earlier this year but will be revised to reflect new information that has come to light from the oral histories (by phone) and email correspondence from residents in Eastwoods and Hancock. The team has learned a great deal about Hancock’s history from you and thanks everyone who has contributed to the research effort!

For those who have not yet responded, it’s not too late to share your knowledge about the history of your house and neighborhood. If you received a letter about the oral histories earlier this year, please contact the project historian Terri Myers at (512) 478-0898, or email her at terrimyers@preservationcentral.com to add your voice to the survey project.

Hancock Trail: Thanks to PARD for trimming the trees around he Golf Course Trail. The many low branches had focrced walkers and joggers off the trail in spots.

Beautify Hancock: Thanks to the many neighbors who, while walking the neighborhood have met new neighbors and picked up trash. A little at a time and making the HNA shine.

Hugh Bender
hbender@bendertx.com
Austin, Texas
512.983.7596

HNA News

Neighbors, During these social distancing time the neighborhood has continued to operate as best we can. Neighbors have been looking after neighbors. Due to closures there will not be any HNA meetings till July at the earliest. In the meantime HNA officers have continued to operate, coordinating with Councilwoman Tovo's office in getting volunteers to participate in helping the elderly during this time.

Other updates:

News Item #1: The HNA Executive Committee has approved the Parks Committee recommendation for the continuation of Trail Maintenance consisting of $31,790 contract from the HNA funds held by The Austin Parks Foundation. With this approval PARD will move forward on the next steps in setting up a contract and work order. After months of negotiations and quotes, this contract will repair and maintain the entire trail bringing it to a base level since maintenance has been so delayed.This project would include the addition of several limestone steps and patching small ruts/steps on 38th. Then reinstalling 500ft of trail along Peck and 675ft along 41st. Portions of the trail will have a more permanent STA-LOK which is a waxey epoxy-like material that hardens under pressure. Once installed, it should last many years even on steep grades. This option will reduce the cost of regular maintenance over the years. The funds come from reserves held by the Austin Parks Foundation. Once we open back up the Parks Committee will be hosting a neighborhood meeting to prioritize other expenditures from this fund.

News Item #2: HNA is looking for volunteers to help with designing, migrating and updating a new HNA website. If anyone is willing to help on this project, especially anyone with experience/skills in setting up a website please email Hugh Bender at hbender@bendertx.com.

Hugh Bender
hbender@bendertx.com
Austin, Texas
512.983.7596

March 18, 2020 HNA Meeting Has Been Canceled

HNA President Hugh Bender has stated that there will be no March meeting of HNA.

Future of Hancock Golf Course Community Engagement Session Saturday, February 29

The Hancock Neighborhood Association Parks Committee

Invites the

Hancock, Cherrywood, Eastwoods, Hyde Park, and North University Neighborhoods

to a Community Engagement Session on

The Future of Hancock Golf Course

On Saturday, February 29th from 1:00 to 3:00pm

At the Hancock Recreation Center

Agenda:

The City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) is moving forward on recommendations for the economic sustainability of the Hancock Golf Course presented in the “Review of Operations and Strategic Planning for City of Austin Municipal Golf Courses” NGF Consulting report. See pages 80-89 and 103-104; http://www.austintexas.gov/sites/default/files/files/NGF_Final_Austin_Re...

The recommendation being advanced is the comprehensive transformation of the Hancock Golf Course into anew golf learning center / academy concept, the renovation and operation of which will be done by an outside third-party via a lease agreement. The Request for Proposals (RFP) for the renovation and operation of Hancock Golf Course is on a PARD timeline for issuance in March 2020.

The Community Engagement Session will provide for input on the PARD plan, as well an opportunity to consider options and provide feedback.

  1. Background on March 2012 Hancock Golf Course community engagement meeting.
  2. Presentation by PARD on the conceptual change for Hancock Golf Course. PARD representatives: Kimberly McNeeley, Director; Anthony Segura, Assistant Director; and Kevin Gomillion, Golf Division Manager
  3. Option: Potential to expand revenue streams to cover cost deficit in running the Hancock GolfCourse in its current configuration 
  4. Option: Cease golf at Hancock and convert the facility to a more passive park of open space.

The Hancock Neighborhood Association Parks Committee encourages you to participate at this veryimportant juncture for the future of the Hancock Golf Course, our valued community green space.

HNA Parks Committee: Carolyn Palaima, Chair; Linda Guerrero; Jim Rankin; and Bart Whatley

Lee Elementary Parking Permits - Temporary Loan Program (Nov 21, 2019)

As many of you are aware Lee Elementary is beginning construction on two new classrooms at the south end of the school. Construction begins over Thanksgiving (2019) and expected to run through summer and will temporarily utilize 35 Teacher parking spaces in the south lot. The HNA is trying to help the school borrow as many “Residential Parking Permits” as possible that neighbors may not be using.

If you are willing to loan the school any permits please contact Principal John Hewlett <john.hewlett@austinisd.org> and they will gladly send someone to pick them up and return when the project is completed. If you qualify for residential permits but have not obtained them, the school will be happy to apply for them on your behalf, use them during construction, and then return them to you.

Hugh Bender
hbender@bendertx.com
Austin, Texas
512.983.7596

Historic Resources Survey of North Loop, Hancock, and Upper Boggy Creek

From: "City of Austin, Planning & Zoning Dept." <jorge.ortega@austintexas.gov>
Date: November 20, 2019 at 1:02:20 PM CST
To: Mark Harkrider <harkrider@westcapitol.com>
Subject: Historic Resources Survey of North Loop, Hancock, and Upper Boggy Creek
Reply-To: "City of Austin, Planning & Zoning Dept." <jorge.ortega@austintexas.gov>




Historic Resources Survey of North Loop, Hancock, and Upper Boggy Creek

City of Austin
The City of Austin is conducting a historic resources survey of the North Loop, Hancock, and Upper Boggy Creek neighborhood planning areas. The purpose of the project is to document the histories of these areas and identify potential historic landmarks and historic districts. The City has retained Austin-based professional historians and architectural historians from Cox|McLain Environmental Consulting, Inc. and Preservation Central Inc. to complete the project.

Survey fieldwork will be conducted between December 2019 and February 2020 and will involve taking notes on the architectural features of buildings 45 years old or older (such as exterior materials and roof form), mapping the locations of resources, and taking digital photographs. All work will be completed from the public right-of-way.
 
Members of the community area are encouraged to participate in the project.

Attend a neighborhood meeting to learn more:
Wednesday, December 4, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
McCallum Arts Theater, McCallum High School
5600 Sunshine Drive, Austin, TX 78756

For more information, visit our project page. Para información en español:
http://www.austintexas.gov/page/current-projects.
 
This project is being conducted by the City of Austin’s Historic Preservation Office. The City’s point of contact for this project is Andrew Rice (Andrew.rice@austintexas.gov).
 
Note: The scope of this project is information gathering only and is not related to the Land Development Code Revision. This project will entail no changes to zoning. Any future zoning changes would follow the separate public process for zoning changes, which includes an opportunity for public comment and consideration of owner preferences.

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Agenda for the November 20, 2019 Meeting of the Hancock Neighborhood Association

The Hancock Neighborhood Association meets Wednesday, November 20 at the Hancock Recreation Center.

Agenda:

  1. Denise Cavanaugh-Hancock recreation center
  2. Marco Bustamante-Perry Estate
  3. Code Next Update
  4. 2020 Officer Nominations
  5. General discussion

Land Development Code Information Discussed at October 23 HNA Meeting

Attached is the land development code information discussed at the Oct 23 Hancock Neighborhood Ass'n. mtg. This electronic version was requested by many attendees due to the limited number of paper handouts available. Please share with friends interested in the future of the neighborhood.

The attachment provides important information including:

  • map of Hancock showing the proposed neighborhood-wide rezoning
  • proposed code designations for each property
  • schematic drawings showing existing single family housing (SF3) juxtaposed against multi-unit housing to be allowed under new zoning code RM1, and new sizes and setbacks allowed for duplexes under new zoning code R2B
  • information about new occupancy limits, group housing (sorority/fraternity houses, dormitories, residence halls, more) and where in the neighborhood the latter will be allowed
  • parking and heritage tree information
  • Hancock Neighborhood’s Consensus position on the Code agreed to by the meeting attendees.

If you are interested in protesting the rezoning of your property under the proposed code, go to FileYourProtest.com, fill out the electronic form and send it in by Dec 5, 2019.

Mary Sanger
Secretary, Hancock Neighborhood

Attachment

https://www.hancockna.org/www/content/codenextv4canpacnewpdf

Hancock Special called meeting, 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 23

7:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 23, at Hancock Recreation Center, Room 2.

Please attend and have your say on how the Hancock Neighborhood Association should respond to the proposed rezoning (Redevelopment) of the entire neighborhood.

Truth be told, if you only have a few hours to give (to fight) sign up to speak or sign a card against the total rezoning at City Planning Commission meeting this Saturday. Sign in is from 8:30 -1:00. City Hall, 301 West 2nd (Only hearing before Planning Commission)

If need another option, Email the Mayor, Council and City Manager the reasons you oppose the rezoning (redevelopment ) of the entire neighborhood.

Steve.adler@AustinTexas.gov
Delia.Garza@austintexas.gov
Ann.kitchen@austintexas.gov
Pio.Renteria@austintexas.gov
Greg.casar@austintexas.gov
Natasha.Madison@austintexas.gov
Kathie.tovo@austintexas.gov
Alison.Alter@austintexas.gov
leslie.pool@austintexs.gov
Paige.ellis@austintexas.gov
Jimmy.flannigan@austintexas.gov
Spencer.cronk@austintexas.gov

Need more information about the issues contact Mary Sanger: marysanger70@gmail.com

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