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.

Voting members, PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING AND VOTE by 5pm Wednesday, Sept. 19 :

YES I SUPPORT THE Neighborhood Plan Amendment (change to MF-4 to allow additional units, see below)
-or-
NO I DO NOT SUPPORT THE Neighborhood Plan Amendment (keep existing zoning and restrictions, see below)

You can vote by email to northlamar53@gmail.com , by text to 512-554-6151, or on paper to 207 Red Oak Cir.

North Lamar/Georgian Acres neighborhood plan contact team Vice Chair Colin MacDougal calls this special electronic meeting:

The City has received an application to change the Future Land Use Map (FLUM) from Neighborhood Mixed Use and Mixed Use/Office to Multifamily for 8 acres between E Powell and E Wonsley. The applicants have met with the neighborhood team and with other stakeholders to discuss their intentions and any community concerns. More information about those conversations is available on this website.

(SUPPORT): With the neighborhood plan amendment, the developer intends to build an apartment complex with 258 units, 85% of which will be occupied by households making less than 60% MFI (median family income – Austin):
42 efficiencies,
180 one bedrooms,
36 two bedroom units.

The developer has agreed not to apply for a SMART housing fee waiver, which means they would pay parkland dedication and utility fees. A nonprofit subsidiary of the Housing Authority of the City of Austin (HACA) would own the land, which means that there would not be property tax payments.

(DO NOT SUPPORT) Without the neighborhood plan amendment, the developer intends to build an apartment complex with 220 efficiency apartments which will rent at market rate.

For either apartment complex, the developer would be required to provide a public pedestrian route from Wonsley to Powell, and to make transportation improvements related to Wonsley and to Powell.

This issue was voted on several months ago but there have been significant changes since then, including the increased number of units deemed “affordable” (now 85%) and the participation of HACA.

Thank you for your input!

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The North Lamar/Georgian Acres neighborhood is a diverse and connected mixed-use area bounded by 183, North Lamar, Braker, and I-35. The "North Lamar/Georgian Acres contact team" (NLCT) works to achieve our vision of a safe healthy neighborhood for residents, property owners, and businesses.
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