Georgian Acres Park development / desarollo del Parque Georgian Acres

April 2019 Update: Austin Parks and Rec department is almost through the site plan permit process needed before park construction can begin. They’re going to be able to include playscapes, a picnic pavilion, basketball court, and walking trail, with only cutting down five trees!

Here’s an earlier site plan. There are a few changes to control runoff when we have a big rainstorm.

Here’s the anticipated schedule:

  • Site Plan Approval: April 2019
  • Conditional Use Permit: May 2019
  • Construction Starts:  June 2019

Volunteers will be moving some of the wildflowers after they bloom this spring, so that they won’t be destroyed by construction. Let us know if you’d like to help, or if you have a publicly visible spot in the neighborhood where they could be planted.

In the meantime, keep enjoying our park!

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Community Development Commission North Austin seat

[April 2 Update: Tandera Louie elected as the new North Austin commissioner.]
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Tuesday, April 2, at 6pm at Dobie Middle School for the nomination and election of the new North Austin representative. All residents 18 and up are eligible to be nominated and to vote. Bring a document that shows your address. You do NOT have to be a US citizen or registered voter. Meeting flier

Martes, 2 de abril, a las 6 pm en Dobie Middle School para la nominación y elección del representante de North Austin. Todos los residentes mayores de 18 años son elegibles para ser nominados y para votar. Traiga un documento que muestre su dirección. NO tiene que ser ciudadano estadounidense o votante registrado. Foleto de la reunion

In 2015, the North Lamar/Georgian Acres neighborhood team led the effort to have a North Austin seat added to the city’s Community Development Commission (CDC). The Community Development Commission (CDC) advises city council “in the development and implementation of programs designed to serve the poor and the community at large with emphasis on federally funded programs.” These include hundreds of millions of dollars in affordable housing bonds, community block grant spending, and neighborhood services.

Our North Austin area is unique in the number of immigrants and the number of children we have. It’s important that we have our own voice in advising on community development decisions.

View a map of all the CDC neighborhood seats

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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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Community meeting 711 W Powell future land use

On March 20, 2019 the City’s Planning and Zoning Department (PZD) convened a community meeting to discuss the application to change the Future Land Use Map (FLUM) for 711 W Powell from Mixed Use to Higher Density Single Family. This change was initiated by City Council, to be consistent with the zoning change City Council also initiated from CS-MU-V-NP (Commercial Services, Vertical Mixed Use) down to MH (Mobile Home).

Neither the property owner, property residents, or any property owner or utility account holders within 500 feet of the property attended the March 20 meeting.

PZD staff explained that two possible FLUM categories consistent with MH zoning are Higher Density Single Family and Multifamily. They chose Higher Density Single Family because it was less intense, even though it is further from our neighborhood plan’s current FLUM category of Mixed Use. They also explained that even though manufactured homes are single-family, MH zoning does not trigger the compatibility requirements (limitations on structures and uses of nearby properties) that SF zoning categories do. Changing the zoning to MH would impose additional setback requirements on adjacent properties.

Council staff described the intent of their FLUM change application was to provide a future decision point where Council could disapprove an application for a use for 711 W Powell which would not include mobile homes. Several other mobile home parks that were included in their application are much larger in area and in number of residents. Those also may include mobile homes owned by the residents, not rented as at 711 W Powell.

Staff confirmed that the City’s current tenant relocation ordinance would apply for residents of 711 W Powell under the current zoning and FLUM. Neighborhood team members raised the issues that the relocation ordinance still does not apply to other tenants, including the single family home across the street from this mobile home park, mobile homes on individual lots even when they were grouped together, and long-term motel residents.

Neighborhood team members noted that the property had been zoned general commercial for decades, with mixed use added in 2010. They described that the Future Land Use Map designation of vertical mixed use for the areas along 183 and N Lamar, including this property, was an intentional decision by neighborhood stakeholders during the neighborhood planning process. [Note: This density is also consistent with the City’s Strategic Housing Blueprint.] Neighborhood team members affirmed the desire for future additional housing, jobs, and commerce in this area, and expressed concern at spot zoning away from those goals.

The neighborhood team anticipates voting on a position on the application at their March 21 regular meeting, to be held 7pm at the North Austin Community Center (YMCA), 1000 W Rundberg.

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March 2 Brownie – It’s My Park Day / ¡Es Mi Parque!

DRAFT Minutes for the NINTH annual Brownie It’s My Park Day, Saturday, March 2 from 9am to noon, called meeting of the North Lamar/Georgian Acres neighborhood plan contact team.
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Officers: Colin MacDougal, Lisa Hinely, Larry Reagan
Other members: Sherry Miller, Elaine Reagan
Guests: Dinuk Aleysinghe, Soummita Amand, Akhil Amin, Neha Bardhan, Casey Burns, Aramind Chandrankaran, Tiffany Jones, Soumika Karasala, Armon Kaviani, Manish Kolefi, Neha Kumar, Kara Lee, Corey Li, Ornab Masvel, Soumil Parikh, Anish Reddy, Islam Shah, Jessica Shah, Pranali Shah, Roma Shah, Anjuli Srivastava, Neil Srirastava

No business was conducted. A good time was had by all.impd bouncy

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Fairfield MetroRapid Free Block Party February 23

Capital Metro is celebrating the official opening of our Fairfield/Elliott MetroRapid station on North Lamar Boulevard this Saturday, February 23, from 11am-1pm. Join us at Lanier Village shopping center on the west side of North Lamar for music, food, and fun.

Capital Metro celebrará la gran inauguración de nuestra estación MetroRapid Fairfield / Elliott en North Lamar Boulevard este sábado, 23 de febrero, de 11 am a 1 pm. Únase a nosotros en el centro comercial Lanier Village en el lado oeste de Lamar para disfrutar de música, comida y diversión.

Texas Folklife Resources artist Revancha Huasteca will perform. There will be facepainting and balloon animals for the kids, tacos for everyone.

La artista de Texas Folklife Resources, Revancha Huasteca, actuará. Habrá pintura de la cara y globos de animales para los niños, tacos para todos.

Capital Metro CEO Randy Clarke and Austin City Councilmember Greg Casar will speak briefly at 11am, and stay to chat about transit and North Lamar Boulevard development.

Randy Clarke, Director Ejecutivo de Capital Metro, y Greg Casar, concejal de Austin City, hablarán brevemente a las 11 am y se quedarán para conversar sobre el tránsito y el desarrollo de North Lamar Boulevard.

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Little Free Libraries / Libros-Libres 2018-19

“Building community, Sparking creativity, Inspiring readers”
“Construir la comunidad, Estallar la creatividad, Inspirar a los lectores”

January 2019
Our newest little free library, shown here under construction, is now open on Oriole, one block south of Brownie Neighborhood Park.
Nuestro nuevo libro-libre, que se muestra aquí en construcción, ahora está abierta en Oriole, una cuadra al sur de Parque Brownie.

GANA is sponsoring a children’s book drive for the Barrington little free libraries.

December 2018:
Two more little free libraries at Barrington School Park, one by the playground and one by the outdoor classroom.
Dos más Libros-Libres en Barrington, una por el patio de recreo y otra por el aula al aire libre.Barrington

See more of our Little Free Libraries / Libros-Libres from 2013-18

Want to start your own little free library? Here’s videos, instructions and inspiring stories for how to do it.

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