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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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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