Upcoming Neighborhood Team meetings / Reuniones del equipo del vecindario

Fourth quarter regular meeting not yet scheduled.
Reunión regular del cuarto trimestre aún no 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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DRAFT Minutes Special Electronic Meeting regarding E Powell/E Wonsley future land use Sept 2018

The neighborhood team held another special electronic meeting relating to the E Powell/E Wonsley neighborhood plan amendment application, to change the Future Land Use Map (FLUM) for eight acres between 601 E Powell and 400 E Wonsley from Neighborhood Mixed Use and Mixed Use Office to Multifamily. This issue was voted on several months ago but there were significant changes, including the increased number of units deemed “affordable” (now 85%) and the participation of Housing Authority of the City of Austin (HACA).

The meeting was announced by individual and group email, hand and postal mail, and website. Votes were accepted by email, voice, text, and hand delivery. Thanks everyone for your participation!

Sept 16-19 Vote tally to NOT SUPPORT the change to Multifamily was 10-5.

Previous neighborhood team meetings concerning E Powell/E Wonsley future land use
July Special Electronic Meeting
May 12 regular quarterly meeting
April 5 called meeting

Objective L.2: Maintain a balanced residential character throughout the planning areas.
Recommendation 122: New, more intense residential development should contain a mixed use element and be located along major roadways.
Objective L.4: All new mixed use development should contain affordable units.
Recommendation 130: Encourage developers to take advantage of the
incentives to provide affordable housing in new mixed use developments.
Objective L.10: Establish a mixed use district at the southern end of the planning areas.

Complete ballot text

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E Powell/E Wonsley housing

[Updated September 8]

1. Housing tenure
The south part of Georgian Acres, between Powell and 183, is over 96% rental, almost all in apartment complexes.
Since the 2010 census, our planning areas have added a few handfuls of 1-2-unit housing, ~130 units of new multifamily at Lotus Village, and ~220 units of remodeled multifamily at Austin Suites. That is, the balance now is more weighted towards rental than in 2010 census data.

2. Housing stock
According to the real estate market research CodeNEXT consultants EcoNW produced, average number of bedrooms is around 1.3-1.4, with average square footage of a one-bedroom unit 625-675.

3. Children and schools
According to the census, almost 30% of the residents in this area are children.
AISD‘s current intention is that Webb Primary would be dissolved into TA Brown when their new building opens, which they plan to be January 2020.
Webb Primary – 75% english language learners, 92% economically disadvantaged
TA Brown – 70% english language learners, 99% economically disadvantaged

4. Income
The median income for the census tract south of Powell is right at half of the median for the Austin MSA. That is, housing targeted to 60% MFI would be out of reach of most people here now, although not all, and not far out of reach.

5. Healthy food access is limited

6. Current Section 8 prices and availability (voucher- and project-based)
Locations of apartments that accept vouchers (2012)

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Our neighborhood schools / Nuestras escuelas vecinales 2018

AISD Back-to-School nights Sept 4 (middle schools) and Sept 5 (high schools).

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DRAFT minutes July 22, 2018 regular quarterly meeting

Sunday, July 22, 4-6pm
Little Walnut Creek Library

Officers: Colin MacDougal, Lisa Hinely
Voting Members: Karen Bissett, Sherry Miller, Daniela Nuñez, Larry Reagan, Don Shepard, Rodney Thrailkill
New Members: Eloisa ??, Santos ??, Tina Sanchez, Lisa Shepard

1. Approval of minutes of previous meetings tabled by MacDougal.

2. Park updates
Georgian Acres Neighborhood Park – Nuñez reported that development of the park is in permitting.

Brownie – Parks & Rec Dept has agreement with IDEA to correct the drainage issue by installing a buried pipe along the new section of Brownie Dr, under the IDEA driveway. Draft park master plan is expected by end of July, for final round of neighbor comment. Key decision points will be nature of soccer play area (neighborhood recreation or league play) and phasing of construction (playscapes or soccer first). Neighbors raised several concerns about City services in the area. Neighborhood team members generally encouraged them to continue calling 311 or using 311 app. Eloisa and Hinely will work on addressing furniture dumping and dumpsters. Sanchez and Hinely will meet with IDEA to discuss student arrival/dismissal. Reagan and Sanchez will meet with NPSOT to see butterfly demonstration garden. Traffic calming program still on pause by city transportation department. Reagan will coordinate removal of damaged fence section.

Barrington – Austin Parks Foundation has awarded $27,000 for “Phase 2” improvements at the park, which Nuñez described as trashcans and more green features. Hinely requested that design be made available at the park for park users. (Nuñez left.)

3. TA Brown principal was not able attend due to a scheduling mix-up by the neighborhood team. The schematic design and other information about the new facility is available online.

4. Larry Reagan elected to unexpired term as Registrar by acclamation.

5. Motion to approve Julia Foree continuing as the neighborhood team’s liaison for Georgian Acres Neighborhood Park failed, 2-2-3-1 (MacDougal, Hinely in favor, Thrailkill, D Shepard opposed, Bissett, Miller, Reagan not voting, Nuñez not present).

6. Hinely reported that both current land use cases (Austin Suites and E Powell) are scheduled for city council hearing and decision on August 9. The neighborhood team and applicant have agreement for an approach to implement Austin Suites agreement that does not require a restrictive covenant, but waiting on Casar’s staff person to sign off. Other public entities in the E Powell case are HACA and Central Health. No action.

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Brownie Park Planning update / Planificación del Parque Brownie puesta al día

Park neighbors and other stakeholders say they want soccer, swings, and picnic tables, in a park that’s fun and safe. Here’s more detail about the community planning process 2017-18.

Let us know what you think about the three draft designs:

Here’s more supporting information that we used during the planning process:
– How do we get to the park? Crash score. Demand score. Risk score. Travel shed.
– Is it safe? Crime heat map
– What sort of people are we?

The Native Plant Society of Texas has already awarded Brownie Park neighbors a small grant to buy plants for a monarch butterfly demonstration garden at the Longspur entrance to the park.

NPSOT grant application

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Safety during / seguridad durante I35/183 flyover construction / construcción de paso elevado

Construction is well underway, with a planned completion date of mid-2021. Here’s information about the project from TxDOT, including a 3D video of the finished interchange.
La construcción está en marcha, con una fecha de finalización planificada de mediados de 2021. Aquí hay información sobre el proyecto de TxDOT, incluido un video en 3D del intercambio final.

The neighborhood team met with TxDOT in early June to present the need for better approaches to pedestrian safety and access, especially for the apartments, motels, and schools whose only way out is onto the access road. We requested that TxDOT post contact information for safety concerns, map detour routes for pedestrians, and provide wayfinding within the area of construction. We also emphasized the demographics of the area, including the even numbers of english and spanish speakers, our LOTS of kids, and the many households who depend on the bus for transportation.

A woman walks on the sidewalk adjacent to I35El equipo del vecindario se reunió con TxDOT a principios de junio para presentar la necesidad de mejores enfoques para la seguridad y el acceso peatonal, especialmente para los apartamentos, moteles y escuelas, cuya única salida es el camino de acceso. Solicitamos a TxDOT publicar los contactos por preocupaciones de seguridad, mapear rutas de desvío para peatones y proveer “wayfinding” (orientación espacial) dentro del área de construcción. También enfatizamos la demografía del área, incluyendo el número par de hablantes de inglés y español, nuestros MUCHOS niños y las muchas familias que dependen del autobús para el transporte.

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