Reminder: Officers Election at January 20 HNA Meeting

On Wednesday, January 20th the Hancock Neighborhood Association will nominate and elect officers for 2016. The meeting will start at 7:00 pm. I urge members of the association to attend this meeting. Yearly dues are paid in January, if you have not paid your $5.00 dues, you may do so before the meeting begins.

Other agenda items include an update, discussion and possible vote on occupancy limits ordinance. The occupancy limits ordinance will expire on March 31st, 2016 unless the City Council eliminates the expiration date.

The Agenda also will include a discussion on holding a forum for candidates running for State House District 49. This seat was held by Elliot Naishtat, who has announced his retirement.

A final agenda will be posted January 10th.

Best regards,
Mark Harkrider
President, HNA

Nelray Blvd. & Evans Ave. Utility Rehab Begins January 4, 2016

Hi All,

This is a reminder that beginning Monday, January 4, 2016, Smith Contracting will start setting up traffic controls for the construction on Duval Road as part of the Nelray Blvd and Evans Ave Utility Rehabilitation Project.

They will begin on Duval Street at E. 49th St and move north towards E. 50th St (see attached map). This portion of the project will include installation of approximately 750 linear feet of wastewater line. This will take four to six weeks to complete. During this time, we will be closing lanes of traffic, but not entire streets. You will always have access to your home; however, for brief periods, driveway access
may be limited. If you have questions regarding a specific address, let us know.

There is a full-time city inspector assigned to this project. He and the Project Manager are both here to answer any questions and address any concerns.

City of Austin inspector
Ernest “Chip” Hirsch
512-897-7468

City of Austin project manager
Brenda Baker
512-940-4920

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact a member of the project team.

Courtney Black
Public Information Specialist, Senior
Public Works Department | City of Austin
Office 512-974-7972
Cell 512-619-8851
Email courtney.black@austintexas.gov

District 9 Open House December 18

District 9 Open House

Mayor Pro Tem Tovo and her District 9 staff invite you to join us for an open house at City Hall on December 18 from 3:00 - 4:30 pm.

Come see the holiday decorations and the Animal Center cats and dogs who will be visiting City Hall next Friday afternoon.

We'll have light refreshments, plenty of good cheer, and a possible visit from our very own special guest SANTA: Chief Art Acevedo!

From 1-5 pm on that day, the Austin Animal Center will be on-site with plenty of pets awaiting permanent homes. Click the link <http://files.ctctcdn.com/6f141315501/1cc37984-6352-4472-a861-74226b889039.pdf> to learn more about the Animal Center's "12 Stops of Christmas" and the pet adoption events taking place throughout Austin during this holiday season.

We hope to see you next Friday at City Hall!

Kathie Tovo
Mayor Pro Tem
Austin City Council District 9

Shannon Halley
Joi Harden
Karen Perkins

Hancock Neighborhood Association Officers Election at January 20 Meeting

At our January 20th regular HNA meeting, we will be taking nominations from the floor for HNA officers and electing them at this meeting. The elected officers will take office on January 20th, 2016.

Best regards,
Mark Harkrider

HNA Meeting Minutes for November 18, 2015

Candlelight Trail - Friday, Dec. 4th and Saturday, Dec. 5th - 6pm-9pm

Hi all,

I hope you will join Hancock Recreation Center this weekend for the Candlelight Trail.

Come walk the beautiful candle lit trail on the historic Hancock Golf Course. Then come inside the Hancock Recreation Center and warm-up with hot cacao and cookies. Meet Santa and get your picture taken with the jolly fellow. After you’ve gotten you fill of cookies be sure to stick around for the activities in the ballroom.

Friday, December 4th learn traditional folk dances with the Austin International Folk Dancers. Saturday, December 5th bring your family and friends for fun board games and crafts while listening to holiday
music.

This a free event open to the public so, please tell everyone you know to come get in the holiday mood at Hancock Recreation Center.

Warm regards,

Jessica Gilzow
Recreation Supervisor
Hancock Recreation Center
811 E. 41st Street
Austin, Texas 78751
(512) 453-7765 - office

Mueller Tower Lighting Ceremony Tuesday, December 1

Please share this with your neighbors and friends in Hancock.

Please join us for Mueller's 10th Annual Tower Lighting Ceremony on Tuesday, Dec. 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. Attendees will enjoy live music from the Reagan High School Drumline and Huston-Tillotson Jazz Band, along with a photo booth and SNOW for the entire family. Austin City Council Member Ora Houston will help us honor this holiday tradition dating back to the 1960s by flipping the switch to light the NOEL signs atop the historic control tower.

Mueller welcomes all surrounding neighborhoods to take part in this family-friendly, free event. We hope you can join us!

Thanks,
The Mueller Team

City Council Approves Changes to ADU Regulations

At today’s Council meeting, the Council approved the following changes to the ADU regulations:

  • Allow ADUs SF-3 zoned lots that are between 5,750 and 7,000 square feet.
  • Set the maximum size of an ADU to 1,100 square feet.
  • Override neighborhood plans that prohibit ADUs on SF-3 zoned lots.
  • Reduce building separation to 10 feet (front to back and side to side).
  • Eliminate requirement that an entry be more than 10 feet from a property line.
  • Remove driveway requirement to rear ADU.
  • Provide one parking space for the ADU in addition to main structure parking.
  • Eliminate parking requirement for ADU within 1/4 mile of an activity corridor identified in the Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan.
  • Limit use as short-term rental to a maximum of 30 days per year for ADUs constructed after October 1, 2015.
  • Prohibit use as a Type 2 short term rental.

Hancock Candle Trail December 4th and 5th!

Neighbors,

Hancock Recreation Center would like to invite you and your family to join us for our annual Candle Light Trail. This free family event will take place December 4th and 5th from 6:00-9:00pm. Come walk the trail, take pictures with Santa and enjoy refreshments and local entertainment. Please see the attached flyer for more details. We hope to see you there.

We would also like to let you know there is still space available for our Camp Day on November 25th. The camp runs from 7:30am – 6:00pm and costs $18 child. If you are needing childcare for children ages 5-12 on that date, please contact Hancock Recreation Center (512) 453-7765 for more details.

Thanks,

Ben Rustenhaven
Recreation Program Specialist
Hancock Recreation Center
512-453-7765

Code Next Sound Check Event November 16-21, 2015

Neighbors, I urge you to attend one of the many Code Next public events being held from November 16-21...there are both day and night events. Our Central Austin neighborhoods are not being included in the "pin up exercises" taking place.

If you click on the RSVP link below you ll see all the events, the time and dates for each.

Mark Harkrider, President, HNA

From Code Next:

Austin is changing every day, and writing a new land development code is all about preserving and creating great places in Austin. Finding the right balance is critical to maintaining harmony throughout our community. How Austin develops is getting remixed, and we need you for a Sound Check. The CodeNEXT team will test different development standards around Austin and share results. The event will be held from November 16-21.

The Sound Check is a critical milestone for CodeNEXT. This is the first chance for Austinites to see proposed land development code standards and their potential affect on future development. We will have opportunities throughout the week for you to see proposed code standards as well as potential affects and tradeoffs through illustrations, maps, and data. In the parking lot outside the testing space, we will have food trucks, music, kids' activities, and more. Please see the attached schedule to help you figure out what works best for you.

Location Details

The Linc (formerly Lincoln Village) is located at 6406 North Interstate 35 Frontage Road. CodeNEXT Sound Check will take place in Suite 2850A. On the east side of The Linc (facing I-35), there is a tall sign along the southbound frontage road that reads “Pop Up Here” right in front of the section of The Linc where we’ll be.

More information can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/events/489094574632709/

RSVP here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/codenext-sound-check-tickets-19194086028

Sound Check video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMU4fQ2DjV4

We hope you can attend the event and hope you will pass this along, particularly those interested in our built and natural environment.

Sincerely,

Paul

Paul DiGiuseppe, Principal Planner
CNU-A
CodeNEXT Team
City of Austin Planning and Zoning Department
505 Barton Springs Rd., 5th floor
Austin, TX 78704
Phone: (512) 974-2865

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