I-35 Mainlines at Oltorf ST and Oltorf ST Bridge to Be Closed for Partial Bridge Demolition

I-35 mainlanes will be temporarily closed to north and southbound traffic from 11 p.m. until 10 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights, July 21 and 22, weather permitting, for partial bridge demolition. Mainlane closures will begin at 9 p.m. During the closure, I-35 mainlane traffic will be detoured to the north and southbound frontage roads.

Drivers headed east or west on Oltorf Street will also be detoured at the I-35 crossing during this time to the Woodward and Woodland crossings. Drivers are encouraged to seek alternate routes during the closure.

I-35 mainlanes and Oltorf Street will be reopened Saturday and Sunday mornings beginning at 10 a.m.

As part of the Mobility35 improvements at Oltorf Street, lanes are being closed to allow crews to demolish the north side of the Oltorf Street bridge to prepare for reconstruction of the bridge and construction of a new U-turn lane. During this phase of construction, traffic lanes on the Oltorf Street bridge will be shifted slightly to allow for two travel lanes in each direction. A dedicated turn lane will no longer be available. This configuration was put in place starting Wednesday, July 19, ahead of the planned bridge demolition.

The I-35 at Oltorf Street Project will bring improvements to mobility, safety, and connectivity for all modes of transportation. These include improved entrance/exit ramps and lanes, adding U-turn lanes at the Oltorf Street bridge, and bicycle and pedestrian enhancements. Work on the $40 million project is expected to continue through spring 2019, weather permitting. The contractor is OHL USA, Inc.

To learn more about the I-35 at Oltorf Street project, visit

May 19 HNA CodeNEXT Resolution

HNA members here is a resolution regarding Code Next for your consideration and vote on Wednesday, May 19th. Sent yesterday
was also a letter to City Council for your
consideration. Mary Sanger, Secretary, HNA


WHEREAS The City of Austin has proposed revising Austin’s zoning ordinances under CodeNext; and

WHEREAS it is the responsibility of city government in a democratic society to be responsive to the wishes of its citizens: and

WHEREAS zoning is meant to provide for orderly, stable development of cities; and

WHEREAS the City of Austin has stated that it would not force density on established neighborhoods; and

WHEREAS the proposed zoning changes under CodeNext would adversely affect the following elements of the Hancock Neighborhood:

1. destroy neighborhood character in an establishedneighborhood that is already densely populated;
2. create uncertainty whenever any property is sold as to how densely the lot would be developed with no neighborhood right to protest administrative applications;
3. dense development would implicitly require the destruction of established neighborhood tree canopy;
4. ignore parking needs by not requiring one onsite parking space per bedroom or resident;
5. would not demonstrably result in more affordable housing through increased density;
6. overburden the aging sewer and water system;
7. threaten increased flooding in a neighborhood that has already experienced flooding after heavy rains; and
8. not provide for effective enforcement of problems associated with dense development such as inadequate maintenance, garbage violations, inadequate parking and noise.


Our Association opposes CodeNext as it relates to the densification of our neighborhood on streets that currently are primarily historic houses. We want the city to create a zoning system that allows for the
preservation of our neighborhood character by preserving historic architecture and neighborhood character, limiting increased density by converting existing garages into granny flats and densifyingexisting
commercial corridors. We ask the City to commit to preserving our historic neighborhood so that it is not used for wholesale development by non-residents whose sole objective is profit and not quality of
neighborhood life.

Upcoming CodeNEXT Deadlines July 7 and July 14

From: "Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo, City of Austin" ><
Date: June 29, 2017 at 5:21:24 PM EDT
Subject: Reminder: CodeNEXT Deadlines

Dear District 9 Residents,

I want to take this opportunity to remind you of the upcoming deadlines for submitting public comments on CodeNEXT’s maps and affordability plan.

Friday, July 7th is the deadline for submitting your comments on CodeNEXT’s draft map. As you may be aware, the draft maps propose significant changes to neighborhoods throughout District 9. If you have not already, please take the opportunity to view the proposed map of your neighborhood and provide feedback to the CodeNEXT consultants.

The CodeNEXT consultants recently released their affordability plan. This part of the Code is critical to the City of Austin and requires comprehensive review and public feedback. Public comments on the affordability plan are due by Friday, July 14th.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with CodeNEXT staff, please visit or call (512) 974-3583 to make an appointment to speak to a CodeNEXT planner about the draft zoning map and affordability plan.

If you would like to view the questions that the Council has submitted, please visit:

Your public input is paramount during this process. Please feel free to copy me at in your correspondence with the CodeNEXT consultants so I can be aware of your feedback and questions.


Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo
Council Member District 9

Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo, City of Austin | 301 West 2nd Street, Austin, TX 78701

Red River Extended Hours Pilot Meeting June 13

From: "McCarson, Kimberly" <>
Date: June 7, 2017 at 5:42:28 PM CDT
Cc: "Block, Brian" <>
Subject: Red River Extended Hours Pilot Meeting

The Music & Entertainment Staff invites you to give us your feedback and experience to date with the Red River Extended Hours Pilot. Your response is important to understanding the impact of the program.

The purpose of the pilot is to study the economic and other effects of allowing Red River Cultural District music venues to play amplified sound an additional hour Thursday-Saturday. More information can be found at We’re holding an open meeting for all of the nearby neighborhood residents on Tuesday, June 13th at 6:00pm at the Griffin School. The Griffin School is located at 5001 Evans Avenue.

We hope to see you there! If you cannot attend, please share your input with us via email at

Thank you for your participation!

Kim McCarson

Kim McCarson
Economic & Business Liaison │ Music & Entertainment Division
Economic Development Deptartment │ City of Austin
505 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, Texas 78704
(t) 512-974-7963 │ (f) 512-974-6636

Reminder: District 9 CodeNEXT Open House on Saturday, June 3, 10AM-12PM

Dear District 9 Neighbors,

I want to remind you that on June 3, 2017, City staff will host a CodeNEXT Open House at City Hall from 10:00 AM - 12:00 p.m.

As we approach this weekend, please visit to learn more about CodeNEXT, to read the proposed land use code, and to view the proposed maps. If you have specific feedback for City staff and the consultants about the proposed Code or the mapping, please also feel free to copy my office ( so that I am also aware of your feedback.

My office has received word that there will be a large event occurring outside of City Hall during the same time as the Open House. Please arrive early to secure a parking spot or, if possible, opt to bike, walk, or take public transportation to City Hall.

The Open House will occur in the Chambers. The meeting will be televised within City Hall and extra seating will be provided in front of the televisions in the atrium and the Boards and Commissions room. Light refreshments will be provided.

Your participation is critical in ensuring that the City’s land development code rewrite is successful. I truly hope you can attend.


Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo
Council Member District 9

City Hall, 301 West 2nd St Parking Information:

You can park for free in the City Hall garage in any non-reserved spots; just bring your ticket in with you so that we can validate it. The garage entrance is located on Guadalupe between 2nd and Cesar Chavez, and take the steps or elevator to the ground floor.

Agenda for the May 17, 2017 Meeting of the Hancock Neighborhood Association

The draft of the new land development code, known as Code Next, has rezoned the Hancock neighborhood.

Officers of the Hancock Neighborhood Association urge you to attend the HNA meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, at the Hancock Recreation Center, on the grounds of the Hancock Golf Course. Come find out what this new zoning means for your home, your street and our neighborhood.

Karen McGraw, Austin architect and member of the Austin Planning Commission, will present the ordinance’s main points. We encourage everyone to come. If you want to join HNA, bring $5 per family so you may vote for any potential resolutions. Meeting agenda will be posted on the HNA list serve. RSVP if you plan to attend or want information on zoning changes: Agenda

7:00: Welcome
7:05: Jessica Gilzow, Director Hancock Recreation Center explains new procedures
7:10-7:45: Karen McGraw presentation and Q&A
7:45-8:00: vote on possible resolution (s)

Red River Extended Hours Pilot Begins Thursday, May 4th

From: "McCarson, Kimberly" <>
Date: May 4, 2017 at 5:29:36 PM CDT
Cc: "Block, Brian" <>
Subject: Red River Extended Hours Pilot Begins Today

We’re writing to let you know that the Red River Extended Hours Pilot Program begins today. The pilot temporarily allows five Red River outdoor music venues to play amplified music one additional hour on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. During the pilot the city will collect data to determine the impact of extended live music hours on venues, local musicians and residents. The 6-month pilot takes place
now through November 1st.

As part of the pilot we will place sound monitoring units at the property lines of participating venues and in nearby neighborhoods. For more information, to view sound measurement levels in real time, and to see weekly sound monitoring reports please visit the pilot website at

To let us know about sound impacts in the neighborhoods on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings you may also call the pilot hotline at 512-593-9221 to speak to Music & Entertainment Division staff in the field so we can better understand and investigate issues while they are occurring.

Kim McCarson
Economic & Business Liaison │ Music & Entertainment Division
Economic Development Deptartment │ City of Austin
505 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, Texas 78704
(t) 512-974-7963 │ (f) 512-974-6636

Coffee With A Cop April 4th

You are cordially invited to Region 1's Coffee with a Cop event at Mc Donald's, 5451 N IH 35 EF (Capital Plaza) on Tuesday April 4th, from 7:00 am to 9:00 am. Stop by, have a hot cup of coffee and meet your APD Region 1 District Representatives. It’s a great opportunity to exchange thoughts and ideas in an informal setting. Hope to see you there!

Thank you,

SPO Eric Copeland #6766
Region 1 District Representatives (Baker 1)
Austin Police Dept

5th Annual Hancock Native Plant Swap: April 1st at Mother's Cafe

The Hancock neighborhood's plant swap is in its 5th year!  Thank you to all who have generously shared your favorite native plants with others in these five years!

On Saturday, April 1st, grab your coffee, pot up some of your best-performing baby plants and bring them to Mother's parking lot for an hour of sharing and gardening fun. Master Gardeners and Habitat Stewards attend and love to help you find plants that will work well in your yard. Wondering if a plant in your yard is native or not? Bring a sprig from it and one of the experts will be able to identify it for you. Don't have any natives? That's okay, nobody goes home empty-handed! A fun, lively event, but it doesn't last long, so come early!

Please help spread the word by Sharing this event and/or posting what you will be bringing:

There are more pictures and videos showing what it's like to attend on the fb page:

Here's how it works: 

  • Pot up some transplants, cuttings, or bring seeds
  • Bring to swap and set them in the appropriate area: Sun, Shade, Part Sun/Shade, or Water
  • Look around for plants that you would love to have
  • Take as many home as you brought

The mission of the Hancock Native Plant Swap is to make all yards in our neighborhoods more beautiful and easier to maintain, while consuming less water...for free!
Please forward to those who might be interested. Carleen EdgarNWF Habitat Steward - Class of 2009

Region 1 Commander’s Forum Tuesday, January 10

The Austin Police Department would like to invite Region 1 residents to our Commanders Forum, being held on January 10th, 2017 at McCallum High School (either cafeteria or library) from 6:30pm-8pm. Commander Michael and the APD District Reps. will be presenting information important to the residents of Central and Central West Austin. We will also be discussing issues and subjects affecting the area. Please join us.

SPO Eric Copeland #6766
Region 1 District Representatives – Baker 1
Austin Police Dept.

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