February 2015 update: The report from the City Council coordination resolution passed last September has been sent to the Office of the City Manager. No date yet on when it will be made available to City Council members and the public.
The North Lamar neighborhood team, along with many other folks, have been working to understand how best to coordinate the booming public and private investments in the area, for the best return to the investors, but also to make sure that the current stakeholders aren’t priced out by the success of our hard work.
Current economic development activity includes:
- Investment in “International District” neighborhood center
- North Lamar Blvd corridor mobility plan and 2012 transportation bonds, consultants’ report and prioritization recomendations anticipated. Contact Demira Wyatt for more information.
- Capital Metro Request for Information (RFI) for redevelopment of the North Lamar Transit Center, anticipated spring 2015. Contact John Hodges for more information.
North Lamar neighborhood team comments for developing the RFI
Resolution from September 25, 2014 meeting of Austin City Council:
WHEREAS, for the past several years the City of Austin has experienced a growth pattern that results in approximately 25,000 new residents per year; and
WHEREAS, the area bounded bv Highway 183 and Metric. IH-35, Kramer and Braker Lanes is represented by several planning areas, including Georgian Acres, North Austin Civic Association (NACA) and North Lamar Combined Neighborhood Plan Contact Team (NLCT) that work for the good of all stakeholders (residents, property owners, business owners, and associations); and
WHEREAS, neighborhoods throughout Austin have experienced redevelopment activity that has created pressure on residents and small businesses concerning their ability to afford to stay in their neighborhoods; and
WHEREAS, although the 2014 Comprehensive Housing Market Study shows that a high proportion of residential units in this area are currently affordable to lower income households, and the NACA/NLCT area does not meet the criteria for designation as a Homestead Preservation District; and
WHEREAS, currently the city has several initiatives moving forward within NACA/ NLCT such as Restore Rundberg, bond and grant-funded North Lamar Boulevard improvements. Project Connect, and use of affordable housing bonds; and
WHEREAS, other government and private entities have initiatives in the area including a new school and transportation improvements; and
WHEREAS, Imagine Austin has designated two intersecting Activity Corridors and a Neighborhood Center within NACA/ NLCT; and
WHEREAS, it is imperative that the water quality in Little Walnut Creek be protected and enhanced during and after construction of North Lamar Blvd. improvements and surrounding sites; and
WHEREAS, the City of Austin’s Capital Planning Office has developed a Long-Range Capital Improvement Plan which is a cross-departmental planning effort for public investments; and
WHEREAS, it is necessary to coordinate across city departments and with other agencies to ensure these initiatives are systemically successful and reflect the residents’ and small business owners’ vision to be able to stay in the area after completion of current and future projects;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF AUSTIN:
The City Manager is directed to identify current and future initiatives and capital projects within the area bounded by I-35. Highway 183, Mopac and Walnut Creek and to ensure the responsible departments coordinate their efforts and engage with citizens and neighborhood planning area representatives and other appropriate stakeholders and integrate feedback into projects.