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HNA NEWS - July 12, 2020

 

HNA NEWS

July 12th, 2020

 

We held out as long as we could in the hope our governmental leadership & citizens would guide us out of covid spreading like wildfire. Since that does not appear realistic the Executive Committee has decided to obtain an HNA Zoom Acct for General Meetings, Committee Mtgs and sub-committees/work-groups. We will assume regular meeting schedule starting in September. No meeting on July 15th but a special call either July 29th or August 5th.

 

HNA Zoom Mtgs will operate as such: (small changes may occur and will be posted/read as technical issues and improved processes are identified)

 

Each meeting will have a designated Zoom Monitor.

1) Anyone is welcome, as always, up to first 100 connections (if you use a computer & phone you take up 2 connections)

2) Executive Committee, Committee Chairs and Presenters will be unmuted during the meeting, all others will be muted by the moderator. (If you don’t understand why this is an absolute necessity - ask anyone who’s been on large zoom calls or google it.)

- anyone who can not eliminate feedback will be muted.

- anyone who can not speak with respect and in a civilized manner will be muted

a) People may raise their hand (zoom term) to speak and the moderator will un-mute them at the appropriate time and in order.

b) Members may raise a question through the chat button and the moderator will ask the question for you.

c) Voting will occur either through a voice roll call or a we hope (preferred) through the chat function, so we can validate voting with membership and record such votes. We plan to tally votes during mtgs and will structure the agenda to allow EC to capture the vote without needlessly stopping or delaying the meeting.

Note: In rare instances (large meetings) final votes may be tallied after the meeting and posted with all votes show

 

DUES: You may not vote on any item if you are not currently a member.

 

Join:  https://www.hancockna.org/www/join

 

Regular Membership (per household): $5.00

Associate Membership (for landlords or businesses): $10.00

To Pay Dues via Check: make payable to Hancock Neighborhood Association and mail to:

Hancock Neighborhood Association
c/o Bruce Fairchild, Treasurer
3907 Red River ST
Austin, TX 78751


Online: we hope to have an online payment system established soon.

 

WEBSITE: The HNA still needs volunteers to select a website template and migrate content to that site, Please contact Hugh Bender if you can help. hbender@bendertx.com

 

COMMITTEE NEWS

 

Zoning Committee: June 24th minutes have been posted, along with East Ave work group updates

 

The Zoning Committee will meet on the very near future to make a recommendation on the East Ave PUD Amendment – followed by a General HNA mtg. Mtgs and links will be posted on this website.

 

(note: operating during covid has been difficult and the HNA hopes to make a recommendation prior to Planning Commission hearing so we are tentatively scheduling an HNA (1st ever) Zoom Mtg for Wednesday July 29th at 7 pm. (this may change due to notice requirements.)

 

 

East Avenue Amendment - Zoning Committee Sub-Groups

 

Various members have met as a sub-workgroups to research a numer of items prior to a soon to be called Zoning Committee Mtg., Workgroups have volunteered to consulted with city staff, planning commission members, an affordable housing expert.

 

The Zoning Committee workgroups have inestigated the following and currently recommending for next Zoning Committee mtg:

 

  • .Original Restrictive Covenants: To remain in place and not amended. 

  • .A glass restriction with reflectivity less than 15% and classified as non-bird strike. 

  • .Support Parks Departments request to remove PUD park exemption and let PARD/developer handle any fees though normal process 

  • .New affordable housing standards/commitments based on any units over 65 ft. to meet COA  current PUD Affordability regulations (still verifying these standards)  

  • .Limit Traffic access to IH-35 frontage road.  

    Request that COA validated/update the FAR & TIA for whole PUD 

  • .Still negotiating a design plan for the west side facade to guarantee that neighbors/neighborhood do not look at a concrete wall or parking structure 

https://www.hancockna.org/www/content/hnanewsjuly12th2020doc
https://www.hancockna.org/www/content/hnanewsjuly12th2020pdf

HNA_NEWS_July_12th,_2020.pdf

HNA_NEWS_July_12th,_2020.doc

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

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

Meeting Notice: Neighborhood Plan Amendment and Zoning Change for 3805 Red River ST on Weds., April 17, 2019

The City of Austin, Planning and Zoning Department, has received neighborhood plan amendment and zoning change applications for a property located within the Central Austin (Hancock) Combined Neighborhood Planning Area. You received this notice because you live or own property within 500 feet of the property, or are a member of the planning contact team or a member of a registered neighborhood organization or environmental group who requested notification for the area.

Plan Amendment case #: NPA-2019-0019.01
Zoning Case #: No case filed at this time
Property address: 3805 Red River Street

Weds., April 17, 2019
6:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m. Hancock Recreation Center (Room 2)
811 E. 41st Street

PURPOSE OF MEETING:
The City of Austin is sponsoring this community meeting to provide an opportunity for the applicant, neighborhood planning contact team, nearby residents/property owners and any other interested parties to discuss the proposed plan amendment and zoning change requests.

CASE SUMMARIES:
NPA-2019-0019.01: The applicant proposes to change the future land use map from Single Family to Mixed Use/Office land use.

No zoning case filed at this time.

https://www.hancockna.org/www/content/npa-2019-001901flumbwpdf
https://www.hancockna.org/www/content/npa-2019-001901zng-mappdf
https://www.hancockna.org/www/content/npa-2019-001901-engspancmty-mtg-no...
https://www.hancockna.org/www/content/1554417149089blobjpg

The HNA April 9th.pdf

Hancock Candlelight Trail

Hello,

Hancock Recreation Center would like to formally invite you and your participants to join us for the Candlelight Trail on December 7 and 8th 7-9:30pm. This free event is open to the public and we welcome community members to walk the trail around the golf course and rec center and then join us inside the center for activities, light refreshments and fellowship.

In the past, we have had some of the dance groups that host classes at Hancock perform their dances as well as invite the public to join in with the dancing. We would love nothing more than to continue that tradition this year. Please email me back if your group would be willing to take part in offering your class to the public and which day/time you would prefer. Also, if you would like to set up a table to pass
out your information for recruitment, please let us know.

Lastly, we could really use some volunteers to put the candles out starting at 4:30pm on Friday AND Saturday, helping run activity booths, or passing out refreshments. If you could help provide some volunteers or point us in the right direction on how to recruit volunteers, we would greatly appreciate it.

I look forward to hearing back from you all soon.

Devon

Devon Farber, CPRP, MSRLS
http://www.austintexas.gov/parks
Program Manager, North District Recreation Centers
Community Recreation Division
Phone: (512) 974-2434
http://www.austintexas.gov/recreation

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AustinCityParks
Twitter: https://twitter.com/austincityparks
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/AustinParksAndRec
Instagram: https://instagram.com/austincityparks

http://austintexas.gov/austinfutureparks
Our Parks, Our Future 2018-2028 is PARD’s Long Range Plan for Land, Facilities and Programs (LRP).
The LRP will focus on the vision for Austin’s Park System in 2028, PARD’S 100th anniversary.
To find out more and to get involved, visit http://austintexas.gov/austinfutureparks.

Lee Elementary Tour and Facilities Review September 7

Join us for an opportunity to tour the Russell Lee Elementary - White House and review the most recent district facilities report, as well as the plans for the new four classroom addition in the style of the original school building. AISD architects and personnel will be on hand to answer questions and discuss the ongoing efforts to meet the needs of Russell Lee Elementary's 450 students. The tour opportunities will take place from 4:00-5:00 on the afternoon of Friday September 7th. Light refreshments will be served and no RSVP is required.

Let me know if you have any questions and thanks again for your assistance,

John Hewlett
Principal - Russell Lee Elementary School
512-414-1117

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