9/8/2014, Steering Committee Meeting, The High Road on Dawson
Kevin Lewis, Catie Mohin, Ronnie Dittmar, Sue Bornstein, Vicki Knipp, Paula Kothmann, Ellen Gibbs, Will Burkhardt
The High Road & JLN Development agreement – info on proposed condo & new lodge development.
Ronnie Dittmar feels that even though letter of intent was signed with the developer, he personally will be able to object to the plan even though he is a member of the High Road.
Current zoning for this parcel is SF3-NPand the acreage is approximately 3.5 acres.
Is there a limit on legal fees a developer has to cover for the neighborhood association? Letter of intent says lodge will not be liable for legal fees already incurred even if the deal does not go through.
Is it true that no matter how the lawsuit goes, the national elks lodge owns the building? Unknown.
If deal goes through it will be a 99-year lease and property will not be sold. Improvements revert to land owner at end of lease.
PSW Developments on 900 S. 1st and 900 S. 2nd
On 9/27, BCNA, concerned neighbors and PSW met at High Road to discuss concerns with the 2 PSW proposed developments. PSW presented their site plans and answered questions.
We came up with a list of 6 major concerns of neighbors: transportation layout, parkland preservation/trail, tree plan, storm-water management and flood protection, planning integration between the two sites, no dumpsters on site.
City permitting and planning processes proceed in a specific order, so some of these items have not yet and can’t be addressed until the process reaches those particular issues.
PARD has been working on the parkland dedication – probably because it is attached to the site plan and thus the buildable land area.
Will B brought up the point that we need to communicate and meet with City Council on ROW vacations well prior to when the case goes before City Council to ensure that Council members are up to speed on our concerns.
By forcing CoA to act in its own best interests rather than using siloed processes we get a better result, not only for this project but for many others.
Unsure when the subdivision site plan will go to Planning Commission.
Gary Schatz has left the Co A and was our main person at CoA on transportation
Leslie Moore and Magdalena Rood are working with architecture firm Sinclair Black to develop their properties. They will meet together with PSW to see brainstorm on synergies between the 2 developers and 3 projects.
Did PSW ask for postponement or withdraw compatibility? To our knowledge, PSW has only asked for a postponement on the Board of Adjustment case.
Zoning Committee Report
Our previous Zoning Committee chair, Chad Kimbell has resigned. Kevin has asked Will Burkhardt if he will take over as chair for remainder of 2014.
No zoning cases to speak about because of communications issues. Added Will to BCNA officers group email list via Jody Zemel. Meetings will be set for a regular time. Add David Preston to zoning committee meetings.
Ellen Gibbs: Motion to accept Will Burkhardt to be Zoning Committee chair for remainder of 2014.
Vicki Knipp: seconded
Kevin requests an exec summary on zoning committee issues before each SC meeting.
Bouldin Creek Historic District
Cory not here to report – we will find out if there were any timely issues in his report. If not, he can report at next meeting
Terry Black’s BBQ & Smoke/Pollution Issues update
Orange Zone neighbors are having adverse reactions to Black’s BBQ smoke in their area. About 26 people attended a recent meeting. Jody Zemel has been assisting. CoA had given their blessing to the Black’s BBQ site plan. Neighbor Sean Kelly of TCEQ says there is statute about this type of pollution (state law). Sue B. emailed and talked to neighbors who want to contact TCEQ, but there had not been a conversation with the business owner yet. TCEQ Inspector finds no violation. Residents’ complaints withdrawn before report can be generated for business owner. Now neighbors will meet with Black’s.
Ronnie did speak to the owner of Black’s – owner’s sons run the restaurant. Ronnie asked him to come to the neighborhood to see about the smoke.
Can we empower sector reps to be BCNA spokesman in this type of situation?
Black’s smoker is all wood – others use gas with wood for flavor.
Introduction of our new bulletin editor Kim
She has a marketing background, lives on Columbus.
South Congress vicinity parking update
Updates – as mentioned, Gary Schatz left CoA and he was deeply involved in this issue. Still trying to have a conversation with SoCo merchants. “Terry” from previous meeting was upset that neighbors are not amenable to 50/50 RPP deal. (She is owner of Home Slice pizza and so not only a merchant but a neighbor).
There is a gap between neighbors’ and merchants’ perspectives.
Neighbors need to drive process more than neighborhood association should.
Kevin is trying to organize small groups of neighbors/stakeholders to negotiate with merchants. Merchants right now are not willing to compromise. Business improvement district is in the works that might change landscape.
1700 block Susan Halpern(?) owns much of that one block
Special Events Ordinance rewrite
Draft of the new ordinance has been released. Not many details but outline is ok. Events are categorized into tiers by size. Right now, the new ordinance is being presented to CoA boards and commissions. David King is lobbying to have public input process, but nothing has been granted on this so far. If that doesn’t work he wanted to have input in front of council.
One of the biggest questions is about the definition of who qualifies as an affected person. Right now, residents count as stakeholders, just as businesses do. If 20% of the affected stakeholders oppose a street closure, the request for closure will be denied.
The question is whether they will change the 20% figure or change the way stakeholders are defined.
Also impact area –formerly entertainment district. Language was changed to impact area. When you have an event, the radius of traffic and noise is the impact area. Staff must be able to see how many events are in a given impact area. The draft ordinance suggests setting limits on how often a road or bridge can be closed, but no numbers are mentioned. Largest events are given the application longest time, and legacy events will be also given priority. Smaller events might get aced out this way. Also, fee structure has not been worked out. Stakeholders have requested that fees need to go back to the departments that actually render service, not into general fund. So far this is not addressed in the new ordinance.
Street closure and applications amplified sound are still triggering events for ACE.
Coordinated effort is already being used but not sanctioned.
Events on parkland are considered under PARD and not ACE, which is confusing – shouldn’t all special events be part of ACE?
As written it could pass but needs work on the details. It is hard to know how it will work without the details.
Parking lots being used for events is controversial because there is overcrowding and free alcohol, but also the noise, traffic jams and parking issues.
Town Lake Park Long-Term Study update
There was a recent editorial by AAS Board in Statesman that was against the whole plan.
TUR will present report to Boards and Commissions in upcoming weeks.
Price tags for these ideas will likely be the biggest hurdle.
City of Austin Transportation Bond Issue
Project Next people say that if we build everything in the 30yr, 5- 8 billion plan, the average commute will still go from 25-30 min to 2 hrs. Need to get a conversation going on the list serve so residents are informed about this bond issue.
City Council candidate forums
Tomorrow night at El Mercado – South Austin Democrats candidates forum 6 pm for district 9.
8:35 PM Adjourned