May 12, 2018, 3-5pm at Little Walnut Creek Library
Officers: Lisa Hinely, Colin MacDougal
Voting Members: Karen Bissett, Rodney Thrailkill
Discussion of conflict of interest section in bylaws
– Our bylaws use exact wording from city-supplied template
– Definition of “substantial interest” is overly broad, such that it includes interests which clearly are not substantial. (Hypothetical: A lawn-mowing contract for someone working on a neighborhood plan amendment case.)
– Suggestion of a threshold dollar amount
– Consensus that per our bylaws, tenants at Austin Suites do not have a substantial interest that would disqualify them from participating in a vote related to that neighborhood plan amendment application, even if there is an agreement involving a cash payment to them.
Discussion of neighborhood plan amendment applications (Austin Suites, 8300 N IH35, and 600 E Powell/401 E Wonsley)
– Handout of neighborhood plan amendment goals, objectives, recommendations or text relevant to Austin Suites and E Powell Ln neighborhood plan amendments
– In concept, Austin Parks Foundation agrees they can accept a donation from these developers to be used for safe transportation to Georgian Acres Neighborhood Park. This might include local area traffic management on E Powell and E Wonsley, a median for pedestrian refuge, or other devices.
Discussion of response to Austin Suites neighborhood plan amendment application
– Discussion of whether recommendation in this case would set precedent for changes to neighborhood plan relating to residential uses on the interstate, stormwater and water quality goals, and tenant rights. Consensus that Austin Suites is a unique situation, because it is used as residential even though zoned and licensed as motel. Communication to Planning Commission and to Council must draw that distinction.
– Consensus that neighborhood team will conduct a special electronic meeting to vote whether to recommend approval of the neighborhood plan amendment application and other neighborhood plan changes needed for consistency with the Future Land Use Map change. All voting members will receive hand-delivered notice. Recommendation for vote will be: 1. tenant relocation package to be negotiated individually or collectively by tenants, no less than the initial offer from Artesia; 2. memo of understanding between Artesia and ECHO or comparable agency to provide case management for 20 units to be held affordable at 60% MFI; 3. contribution to transportation safety of $50K from Artesia; 4. neighborhood team support for applicant’s FLUM change to mixed use.
– Consensus that neighborhood team will formally recommend that the City gather information on the scope and develop a policy on tenant relocation from motels.
– Consensus that neighborhood team will formally recommend improving access to public transportation for residents of Austin Suites and other properties located on the interstate access road.
Discussion of response to E Powell Ln neighborhood plan amendment application
– Applicants, who do not own these properties, have not presented any reason that the neighborhood plan and Future Land Use Map need to be changed, other than it would be more profitable for them. Colin and Rodney will meet with applicants for further discussion of considerations that could make their project more consistent with the neighborhood plan, including particularly mixed use.
– [May 14 update: E Powell/E Wonsley housing]
– [June 17 update: Lyn research summary and position statement]