HNA Meeting Minutes - Janauary 20, 2021.docx


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


HNA meeting Minutes, July 17, 2019.pdf

HNA meeting Minutes, July 17, 2019.docx

HNA Executive Committee Meeting Minutes for February 14, 2019

HNA Executive Committee Meeting 2.14.19

The HNA Executive Committee met on Thursday, February 14,,2019 at 2:00 pm at the Treasurer’s business office -- 3907 Red River Street.

The first item on the agenda was to nominate Mary Sanger to be Secretary until new officers are elected in January, 2019. The vote by the recently elected officers (Mark Harkrider, Bruce Fairchild, and Ann Tucker) was unanimous in favor. The following items were discussed:

  1. Red River realignment. On behalf of HNA, the Executive Committee agreed to send an email, which will outline concerns residents have raised concerning this “realignment,” to Mayor, City Council and City Manager. The letter will be posted on HNA website.
  2. Crime. Due to the number of cars being broken into and rifled at night, and a general uneasiness expressed by residents, the Executive Committee will talk with our sector police and ask for more routine patrols, as well as urge residents to report every criminal incident to 911.
  3. There have been two complaints about businesses operating in residential homes, which do not meet the requirements of a home business under the Development Code. Because Code Enforcement is complaint driven, the Executive Committee will advise
    residents on the HNA website’s special announcements to complain directly to the City’s Code Enforcement Department. The HNA president will also make complaints.
  4. Residents have expressed concerns about the proposed projects and their funding for the Hancock Golf Course under the Concordia Resolution which was passed in 2007. In response, this issue will be a subject at the next regularly scheduled HNA meeting. In the meantime, the Executive Committee has requested the HNA Park’s committee, Parks Foundation, and Parks Department not to take any action on proposed projects until the HNA membership has voted on them at a regularly scheduled meeting.

Submitted by Executive Committee on 2.25.19o

HNA Meeting Minutes for January 16, 2019

Hancock Neighborhood Association Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, January 16,2019

President Mark Harkrider welcomed members and called for a vote of the nominated officers. By acclamation Mark Harkrider was elected President, Ann Tucker was elected Vice president and Bruce Fairchild was elected Treasurer.

Alison Young, Friends of Shipe Pool, reported that the pool should be opened by June or July at the latest, in addition, the Friends of Shipe Pool raised $60,000 for the renovation of the log cabin. Alison is also a member of the Friends of Ney Museum and reported it is preparing a landscape plan for the Museum & raising money for this activity.

John Hewlett, principal of Lee Elementary, introduced himself & explained that due to the construction of the new school building, the parking lot will be disabled and there will be a need to find thirty-five parking spaces for the teachers in the near-by neighborhoods. He is particularly looking for parking permit holders to donate one or two permits. Several members did so.

Hewlett also said the City will place a pedestrian beacon at Harris and Red River, which the Lee SCHOOL PTA has been working for.

Officer Gavin Smith introduced himself as the new night shift patrol officer for the area from 12th street to 38th Street. Officer Morrison will continue to patrol 38th & North. Officer Smith said Hancock was one of the safest neighborhoods in Austin which was very surprising to him given the neighborhood is so near I-35 and the homeless population has spread out. Smith said there had been 49 car break-ins in the neighborhood and almost all were because car owners didn’t lock their cars.

Jen Dillahunty, chair of the Local Historic District, reported that she had a new job and could no longer be the chair of the LHD; the LHD Committee is having a meeting Saturday, the 19th to decide on next steps. Terri Myers reported that almost all the neighborhood streets have been surveyed by residents, but much work is needed.

Members agreed the LHD was a priority.

Hugh Bender, Zoning & development chair, reported there had been one demolition permit application of a 1950s single-family home at 1023 East 45th, near the railroad line. There was no mention of fighting the demolition permit.

James Stroud, who represents the neighborhood on the City’s “sound” committee, reported he had attended two meetings which mainly focused on the disturbance to the hotels caused by downtown music venues. He will attend a February 2, meeting and mention that our neighborhood was still concerned about the noise traveling through Waller Creek.

Bart Whatley stated CANPAC has been responding to the requests for height variances in West Austin. He also said that the development community and the City was prepared to see the neighborhoods near UT become more like West Campus: dense and with high rise buildings on Guadalupe & maybe Red River.

Carolyn Palaima reported on the recommendations for the use of the $434,000, which was given to HNA in the 2007 Concordia settlement and which, by a resolution agreed upon by HNA & Eastwoods NA adopted in 2007 must be used for parkland and open space in Hancock neighborhood. At two engagement meetings, not at HNA meetings, projects were proposed for the use of the dollars. See attachment. There were questions about the need for and height of the proposed netting along 38th street to protect traffic from golf balls. Also about a proposed “marque sign” on 38th & Peck. HNA will have an opportunity to review any proposed project.

These projects were proposed at engagement meetings, these projects have not been adopted by HNA Membership.


HNA. MINUTES 1.16.19.pdf

HNA. MINUTES 1.16.19.docx

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