October 7, 2015 HNA Executive and Zoning & Development Committees Letter Regarding Short Term Rentals

Mayor and Council:

Members of the Hancock Neighborhood Association's Executive Committee and Zoning and Development Committee urge the Mayor and Council members to support Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo and Council member Leslie Pool's proposals for Type 2 and Type 3 short term rentals. Ours is a neighborhood which knows the negative impact of Type 2 short term rentals; it is not only the noise of gatherings or parking, it is about allowing our residential neighborhoods to be hospitality centers and encouraging investors to buy and/or build duplexes and residential housing for the purpose of short term Type 2 rentals. This type of investment activity will only increase if a high number of users--a proposed cap of 10 for a house, and as many as 20 for a duplex, as we understand it — are allowed in short term Type 2 rentals. This is outrageous.

The hospitality industry claims that no growing city in the U.S. has been able to regulate Type 2 STRs except by permitting them through licenses. We reject this argument. Austin’s Code Department has failed to enforce the rules that we have today. If they were to do so, the deterrent effect would become apparent.

But fundamentally Type 2 Short Term rentals should not be in residential areas.

As to Type 3 short term rentals, we find it incomprehensible that the Mayor and Council would continue to allow 25% of a multi family project to be used as Type 3 STRs while at the same time there is pressure to densify our neighborhoods.

Mark Harkrider, Pres. HNA
James Harkrider, Vice Pres. HNA
Mary Sanger, Sec. HNA
Bruce Fairchild, Tres. HNA
Linda Guerrero, Chair HNA Zoning Comm.
Carolyn Palaima, Past Pres. HNA, member HNA Zoning Comm.
Bart Whatley, member HNA Zoning Comm
Hugh Bender, member HNA Zoning Comm.

APD Commander's Forum October 13 at McCallum High School

Please join us for the APD Region 1 Commander's Forum on Tuesday, October 13th. We will be meeting at McCallum High School located at 5600 Sunshine Drive in the school library and will start the at 6:30pm. Come meet your neighbors and residents of Region 1, along with the Region 1 Commander and the APD District Representatives.

Regards,

Officer G. Griffin #3439
Austin Police Department
Region 1 (Baker) District Representatives
Office 512.974.8392
Gary.Griffin@AustinTexas.gov

Your Input Needed on District 9 Transportation Priorities

INVITATION TO DISTRICT 9 MOBILITY CONVERSATION

Dear District 9 Neighborhood Leaders,

Each year the City of Austin receives funding through our partnership with Capital Metro to be spent on projects enhancing mobility and public transit. Right now, the City Council is engaged in a conversation on how to allocate these "Quarter Cent Funds" and which mobility-related projects in our neighborhoods should be prioritized.

At this time, it appears that the City Council will be looking to allocate this year's funds to smaller-scale mobility projects that can augment our pedestrian, bicycle, and street networks in each Council district.

As your representative, I've been asked to consider a list of high priority mobility projects in our District 9 neighborhoods. The total amount of funding available to District 9 has yet to be decided; however, I need your help in evaluating this list and potentially identifying alternative mobility projects that will meet the mobility needs of District 9.

District 9 is laying the foundation for Austin’s multi-modal transportation future. With the investments we’ve made in augmenting our road network with public transit, bicycle infrastructure, sidewalks, and traffic demand management, District 9 has made significant progress in improving transportation options. Nonetheless, we have far more work to do!

I need your help in two ways:

(1) Attend our District 9 Mobility Conversation – Friday, Oct. 2nd at 3pm – City Hall Room 1029 (aka the “Staff Bullpen”) On Friday, October 2nd at 3pm, I will host an informal meeting to discuss the mobility needs in District 9. We will review and share a list of projects that have been identified by City Staff as immediate mobility needs in District 9 neighborhoods. Due to space limitations, we ask that your neighborhood designate no more than two representatives to attend. Please RSVP to Bobby.Levinski@austintexas.gov.

(2) Ask your neighborhood to provide feedback on mobility needs. If anyone in your neighborhood would like a mobility project considered for Quarter Cent funding, please email Bobby.Levinski@austintexas.gov. While we likely will only be able to fund a limited number of mobility projects this year, we can add these ideas to future conversations and planning processes. The council's Mobility Committee will be meeting on October 5th. If possible, please send in comments before that date. However, I will of course be very grateful for any comments received after that date as well.

Thank you for your leadership and involvement in our community. Please feel free to reach out to my office whenever I can be of assistance.

Best regards,
Kathie

P.S. Please feel free to forward this email to any neighborhood representative that may have been inadvertently omitted.
Kathie Tovo

Mayor Pro Tem
Council District 9
512.978.2109

CodeUPDATE set for tomorrow night

CodeUPDATE set for tomorrow night

Join us tomorrow (Sept. 29) as we detail what to expect during our November workshop.

The CodeUPDATE kicks off at 7 p.m. at the Dougherty Arts Center (1110 Barton Springs Rd.). During the hour-long event, the CdeNEXT team will explain plans to test and refine draft development standards using focus areas that represent place types across Austin.

The November workshop, "CodeNEXT Sound Check," will take place Nov. 16-21. The data gained from the Sound Check will be used to complete the Administrative Draft Code (scheduled for Winter 2015) and the subsequent Public Draft Code (scheduled for Fall 2016).

See you tomorrow night!
Learn more at www.austintexas.gov/CodeNEXT

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September 2015 Newsletter

September 14, 2015 Letter from P. Michael and Mary Minor Hebert to AISD Re. Lee Elementary

A Note from the HNA President on Providing Input for Proposed Development

There are several routes available to residents of Hancock Neighborhood to protest and/or intervene in a proposed development: HNA's Executive Committee, HNA's Zoning and Development Committee and neighbors right to sign up "as interested parties" with the City's Permit Department.

If there is a request to demolish or remove a historic home ( 50 years plus), HNA and neighboring properties may become "interested parties" and challenge the permit request before the Historic Landmark Commission, and the option is always available to make comments at the Planning Commission and before the City Council.

Since January, 2015, one or more of these avenues have been used to question and/or protest developments. The Executive Committee and neighboring property owners protested the Liberty street developments, where we were able to force minor adjustments to one of the projects. Neighbors and the Executive Committee went before the the Historic Landmark Commission to protest the demolition of the historic home on Harris Park Avenue. Not winning that venue, the Executive Committee and neighbors went directly to the new buyer requesting them to preserve the home as much as possible and to rent to families. The owners responded favorably, but we have not seen the final building plans.

Kathie Tovo's aide, at the request of neighboring property owners, looked into the Beanna street duplex, and the Zoning and Development Committee has reviewed the Beanna Street project and the Duncan street permit. We have used the mechanisms available, but, regrettably,all these developments are legal.

There is not a neighborhood in Austin that is not faced with the demolition of historic homes, and the loss of single family homes to duplexes. Under current code, we can not prevent these developments. The occupancy reduction limits code, passed in March, 2014, which limits the number of unrelated people in a duplex, has greatly prevented the number of single family homes being replaced by duplexes.

But the code had a two year limit and this fall we will once again need to mount an all -out fight to make the occupancy limit code permanent. During the Code rewrite, we can, if we choose, fight to prevent duplexes in single family zoned neighborhoods.

As President of HNA, I personally, think residents of Hancock should be vocal about projects such as these above that raise significant concerns including using all avenues available and writing to all members of the Mayor and City Council to notify them to what is occurring.

Residents of HNA must continue to be hyper vigilant and to alert the HNA Executive Committee and the Zoning and Development committee about all permit requests and any questions you have regarding those permits.

Best regards, Mark Harkrider
President, HNA

Mark Harkrider
Harkrider Group, LLC
P O Box 11550
Austin, Texas 78711
o:512-322-9700

Updated Agenda for the September 16, 2015 Meeting of the Hancock Neighborhood Association

The Hancock Neighborhood Association will meet on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 7:00 pm at the Hancock Recreation Center. There will be a presentation by the City Of Austin Code Enforcement Department, discussion on I 35 double decking (possible voting item), Lee Elementary name change update, report from the HNA zoning and development comm and regular order of business.

The Zoning-Development Committee request an addition on the September agenda:

    Recommendation: 910 Duncan
    Recommendation to support wavier for compatibility.
    This area aligns with HNA Neighbor Plan FLUM for higher density.

HNA Zoning Committee Minutes for September 8, 2015

HNA Zoning-Development Committee Minutes: September 8, 2015

  1. Approval of Minutes: N/A
  2. Mr. Yang presented his project proposal at 910 Duncan. The Z-D reviewed and discussed the site plan, design, and maps.

    Mr. Yang requested a Compatibility Waiver for setbacks. HNA’s FLUM is in alignment with the 910 Duncan project plans.

    Z-D Committee recommendation: support Compatibility Wavier for the project at 910 Duncan.

  3. UPDATE: HNA President sent out the Duplex Resolution endorsed by HNA to Council Members.
  4. UPDATE: 3206 Beanna project is in compliance with the COA code.
    No variance has been requested on the project. The COA staff has permitted the 3206 Beanna project. Contact: Shiloh B. Travis : 979-966-7126
  5. Meeting Adjourned at 7:57pm.

https://www.hancockna.org/www/content/september-2015-zc-minutesdocx
https://www.hancockna.org/www/content/september-2015-zc-minutespdf

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