Upcoming Neighborhood Team meetings / Reuniones del equipo del vecindario

April 22, 7pm meeting with Councilman Casar on continuing high rate of violent crime. Georgian Manor community room, 110 Bolles Cir.
22 de abril, 7 pm, reunión con el concejal Casar sobre el índice de delitos violentos. Sala de la comunidad de Georgian Manor, 110 Bolles Cir.

May 15-22 Special vote on Council-initiated Future Land Use Map (FLUM) change for 711 W Powell, from Mixed Use to Higher-Density Single Family.

Second quarter regular meeting not yet scheduled.
La reunión regular del segundo trimestre aún no está programada.

There are lots of smaller gatherings and project activities between quarterly meetings. Check out the calendar and the articles on our site for something that interests you, and join our email list.

Hay muchas reuniones de grupos pequeños y actividades en proyectos entre las reuniones trimestrales. Consulte el calendario y los artículos en nuestro sitio por algo que le interesa, y unirse a nuestra lista de correo electrónico.

As Austin’s most international district, the North Lamar/Georgian Acres neighborhood plan contact team believes that every resident is a valued member of our community, deserves to be treated fairly and with respect, and that when some of our residents live in fear of contact with public officials it makes all of us less safe, and has a negative impact on our community.

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Our AISD School Leadership / Nuestro liderazgo escolar de AISD

    • Walnut Creek Elementary Principal Dr Dinorah Bores was named Austin ISD’s principal of the year for 2019. Since she’s been at Walnut Creek, they’ve built on their arts programs by adding STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) activities and improving identification and delivery of special education student needs.
      La directora de la primaria Walnut Creek, la Dra. Dinorah Bores, fue nombrada la directora del año de Austin ISD en 2019. Desde que estuvo en Walnut Creek, construyeron sobre sus programas de artes al agregar actividades de STEM (ciencia, tecnología, ingeniería y matemáticas) y mejoró la identificación y la entrega de las necesidades de los estudiantes de educación especial.
    • Guerrero Thompson Elementary Principal LaKesha Drinks has been named an Executive Director of School Leadership for Austin ISD. While she was at Guerrero Thompson, they received distinctions for their academic achievement, while building an engaged parent volunteer corps. In her new role, she’ll support and coach elementary principals.
      La Directora de la Primaria Guerrero Thompson, LaKesha Drinks, fue nombrada Directora Ejecutiva de Liderazgo Escolar de Austin ISD. Mientras estaba en Guerrero Thompson, recibieron distinciones por sus logros académicos, mientras formaban un cuerpo de padres voluntarios comprometidos. En su nuevo oficio, ella apoyará y entrenará a los directores de primaria.
  • Steven Covin has been named Principal at Lanier High School. He has been serving as the interim principal. He has spent his entire career at Lanier, starting as an english teacher, and picking up a master’s degree in special education along the way.
    Steven Covin fue nombrado Director de la Escuela Secundaria Lanier. Él ha estado sirviendo como el principal interino. Ha pasado toda su carrera en Lanier, comenzando como maestro de inglés y obteniendo una maestría en educación especial en el camino.
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North Lamar International District Merchant Association

The North Lamar International District Merchant Association made their public debut in March 2019, with two weekends of a wildly successful Asian Night Market.

They’ve been organizing behind the scenes for a couple of years, supported by the city’s economic development department and the Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce. The initial core membership group is centered around North Lamar/Braker, but they plan to extend to include our European, Middle Eastern, African, Latin American, and even Cajun businesses as well.

Interested in being a member or sponsor? Message them on facebook or contact them through their website.

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Georgian Acres Park development / desarollo del Parque Georgian Acres

April 2019 Update: Austin Parks and Rec department is almost through the site plan permit process needed before park construction can begin. They’re going to be able to include playscapes, a picnic pavilion, basketball court, and walking trail, with only cutting down five trees!

Here’s an earlier site plan. There are a few changes to control runoff when we have a big rainstorm.

Here’s the anticipated schedule:

  • Site Plan Approval: April 2019
  • Conditional Use Permit: May 2019
  • Construction Starts:  June 2019

Volunteers will be moving some of the wildflowers after they bloom this spring, so that they won’t be destroyed by construction. Let us know if you’d like to help, or if you have a publicly visible spot in the neighborhood where they could be planted.

In the meantime, keep enjoying our park!

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Community Development Commission North Austin seat

[April 2 Update: Tandera Louie elected as the new North Austin commissioner.]
Tandra CDC election(1)

Tuesday, April 2, at 6pm at Dobie Middle School for the nomination and election of the new North Austin representative. All residents 18 and up are eligible to be nominated and to vote. Bring a document that shows your address. You do NOT have to be a US citizen or registered voter. Meeting flier

Martes, 2 de abril, a las 6 pm en Dobie Middle School para la nominación y elección del representante de North Austin. Todos los residentes mayores de 18 años son elegibles para ser nominados y para votar. Traiga un documento que muestre su dirección. NO tiene que ser ciudadano estadounidense o votante registrado. Foleto de la reunion

In 2015, the North Lamar/Georgian Acres neighborhood team led the effort to have a North Austin seat added to the city’s Community Development Commission (CDC). The Community Development Commission (CDC) advises city council “in the development and implementation of programs designed to serve the poor and the community at large with emphasis on federally funded programs.” These include hundreds of millions of dollars in affordable housing bonds, community block grant spending, and neighborhood services.

Our North Austin area is unique in the number of immigrants and the number of children we have. It’s important that we have our own voice in advising on community development decisions.

View a map of all the CDC neighborhood seats

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DRAFT Minutes March 21, 2019 regular quarterly meeting

Thursday, March 21, 2019, 7pm-8:30pm
North Austin Community Center (YMCA), 1000 W Rundberg

Officers: Colin MacDougal, Lisa Hinely, Larry Reagan
Voting Members: Raquel Estevez, Rodney Thrailkill
New Members: Winston Chapman, Adrienne Romine

Welcome and Introductions

Land Use – 711 W Powell neighborhood plan amendment application
Rodney summarized the city staff-facilitated community meeting on city council’s application to downzone from Vertical Mixed Use to High Density Single Family. LisaH updated on communication since that meeting with owner and residents of the mobile home park and adjacent house and apartments.

Land Use – E Powell/E Wonsley apartments variance application
LisaH described the impact of the requested variance, to allow the same three-story building and smaller setback in the area next to Juana’s undeveloped SF-3 property as next to the commercial and multifamily properties. Juana is in support of the variance.

Update – Brownie area
LisaH and Larry updated on meeting with Austin Parks Foundation architect, in preparation for applying for design grant in April. Larry reported on the community orchard and on It’s My Park Day activities. Contact him 512-589-3900 for info about the park volunteer day the first Saturday of every month 9am-noon. LisaH announced a grant award with Guerrero-Thompson to expand the monarch demonstration garden, and reported on feedback on the park master plan from Walnut Creek and Guerrero-Thompson family nights. She also announced that the city’s traffic calming program is planned to restart in the spring, and that IDEA will be included in the D4 Safe Routes to School work, along with the AISD elementaries.

Update – Collaboration with NACA contact team, small area planning pilot
Colin reported on officers’ meeting with the NACA contact team, in preparation for the small area planning pilot the city is preparing to conduct along North Lamar Boulevard from 183 north.

Planning – Meeting with Councilman Casar on crime rate
April 22 in the evening, location still to be determined. Discussion of likely issues – continuing high rate of serious violent crime, high proportion of serious violent crime that is domestic, need for data tracking from APD, need for solution/improvement outside of APD.

Officer Elections
Not conducted following Colin’s announcement of lack of quorum.

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