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.


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

Bruce Fairchild Presentation to Mayor Adler at Community Meeting October 15, 2019

Bruce Fairchild represented Hancock Neighborhood Association at central Austin neighborhoods’ community meeting with Mayor Adler on October 15, 2019. This is Bruce’s presentation.


Meeting with Mayor Adler Tuesday, October 15

Mayor Adler will be at Trinity Church at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 15, to listen to residents of Hyde Park, North University, Hancock, Heritage, North Loop, Ridgetop, and Eastwood neighborhoods about the proposed rezoning of these neighborhoods. Please attend. Only two public hearings are planned before the City Council adopts this rezoning plan in December. This is your opportunity to speak directly to the Mayor about the proposed land development code.

Where: Trinity, 400l Speedway (plenty of on & off street parking)
When: Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Time: 7:00 p.m.

CodeNext Zoning at a Glance for Hancock Neighborhood

Dear Hancock Neighbors,

The following message is from the Hancock Neighborhood Association:

ALL residential properties in Hancock would be rezoned under the revived CodeNext.

There is no consideration or sensitivity given to the neighborhood’s historic characteristics, what older neighborhoods offer in terms of affordable housing, tree canopy, existing high density, mix of housing types or the effect of demolition and redevelopment on climate change. There is no consideration of displacement, particularly of renters and people on fixed incomes. Austin’s values are not reflected in this rezoning except the value of the reinvestment dollars to reshape our neighborhood with new and less affordable housing. The proposed rezoning is an aggressive overreach with no clear justification.

Click http://austintexas.gov/LDC, then click Code Drafts to review District 9 Map and revised code. Please attend CM Tovo’s District 9 meeting Thursday, October 10, at City Hall from 7:00-9:00 pm)

The following map shows the principal zones applied to Hancock’s residential neighborhood properties:

RM1 Residential Multi-Unit designated on properties off Duval, Red River, and 38th.. (Color-coded orange on city map)
Permitted uses on these properties (parking info not included):

Accessory Dwelling Unit
Bed and Breakfast
Co-housing: A residential development of three or more sleeping units in which sleeping units are separate and detached from common areas that include kitchen, laundry, and other shared facilities Includes cooperative housing
Cottage Court (6 to 8 units)
Group Residential (includes fraternity and sorority houses):
Home Occupation
Senior/Retirement Housing:
Single-Family Attached
Short-term Rental Types 1 & 3

Residential 2B (R2B) zone is intended to allow detached housing with accessory dwelling units (ADUs) or duplexes on smaller lots
Single-family house 5000 sq ft with 0.4FAR
Single family attached 2550 sq ft
Duplex 2 units allowed 5000 sq ft
(Color coded light yellow on District 9 City map)

Residential 4 (R4) is intended for up to 4 units

Duplex with 4 units, plus 4 more with affordable housing bonus. Minimum lot size 5,000 sq feet
(Color coded dark yellow on District 9 City map)

One of the most important provisions in the proposed Code is the change in the occupancy limit, which was approved by two different Councils in 2014 and 2016. The new ordinance proposes to allow 6 unrelated adults per dwelling unit--- 12 unrelated adults in a duplex, 24 in a fourplex—that would be a dorm and will kill a neighborhood as it almost did to Northridge and North Loop.

Questions regarding the revived 2019 CodeNext:

  1. If my neighbor voluntarily demolishes duplex, what can the owner build?
  2. Can you put two lots together, demolish, and build? What can be built?
  3. Can lots be divided and multiple units built on each?
  4. Are there any design characteristics that are not allowed e.g., duplexes/fourplexes on sticks?
  5. Will neighborhoods be able to pursue local historic district designation ?
  6. Please explain why bus routes in non-commercial areas trigger transition zones. Don’t they change regularly?
  7. How can you call it a transition zone when there is not commercial to transition from?
  8. Aren’t the transition zones just zones in which to put multi-unit missing middle housing?
  9. Why would fraternity and sorority houses be allowed outside West Campus?
  10. Why would you practically wipe out occupancy limits adopted by Council as late as 2016? They have worked to reduce demolitions?
  11. Does the code have provisions for garbage and recycle pickup and bins in the multi-unit projects?
  12. What does the new parking rule do to pedestrian safety?
  13. Has anyone consulted the fire department about access down jammed streets?
  14. Hancock has a neighborhood plan adopted by ordinance; how can it be swept away by CodeNext?
  15. Has anyone determined whether our antique water and sewer lines can handle the density?
  16. Hancock is a poster child for missing middle affordable housing, both rentals and owned; why do you want it redeveloped?
  17. Redevelopment means pushing out people who live here already; why?
  18. What is the basis for upzoning for 405,000 new units over 10 years when the city demographer says the city needs only 85,000 units?
  19. Has the staff mapped the entire 405,000 units?
  20. Why is Duval, a two lane street with bicycles, scooters, heavy traffic, considered a transit corridor?

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.  (http://www.austinhydepark.org/pecan-press)

    Barbara McArthur’s slide presentation https://drive.google.com/file/d/1P_lr7z-LKXWhyEYF2JmqPyPMWgPk9cie/view

    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 http://www.hancocklhd.com.

    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 http://www.hancocklhd.com.  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: http://www.hancocklhd.com 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

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