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BCNA General Association meeting

April 11,  2017 6:45

The High Road 700 Dawson Road
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General Association Minutes-December 13, 2016

12/9/2014 BCNA General Association Meeting Minutes

Minutes of the BCNA General Association Meeting

Date: December 9, 2014, 6:45pm

Location: The High Road, 700 Dawson Rd.

 

6:45-7:00pm   Welcome and Introductions

Kevin welcomed the group and then turned the meeting over to Catie Mohin.

Manuel Jimenez, Chief Deputy Constable for Travis County addressed the group and gave us his contact information.

7:00-7:05         Announcements

  • No BCNA Happy Hour last Friday of December. Next one is Jan. 30
  • Runoff Election Day Dec. 16, early voting now through Dec. 12 — Mayor, AISD Board
  • Becker Elementary Dual-Language open houses Dec. 11, 15, Jan. 10, 14
  • South Lamar Blvd. “Corridor Study” – City of Austin Open House meeting, Wed. Dec. 10, 6-8pm, Zilker Elementary cafeteria

Catie turned the meeting over to Ingrid Weigand, Election Committee Chair.

7:00-7:30         BCNA Election of Officers for 2015 – Ingrid Weigand, Election Committee Chair

Ingrid reviewed the procedures for voting.

Officer Positions, Uncontested

Vice-President Neighborhood Issues: Cory Walton

Vice-President External Affairs: Stuart Hampton

Communications Director: Catie Mohin

Treasurer: Ronnie Dittmar

Secretary: Sue Bornstein

Cynthia Scheibel moved and Brandon Wilde seconded that the slate of uncontested officers be elected. They were elected unanimously.

 

Contested Officer Positions

President: Erin McGann and Kevin Lewis, Presidential Candidates, both gave brief speeches. BCNA President: Kevin Lewis won re-election by a vote of 41-5.

 

Sector rep elections:

Lavender Zone: J.C Schmeil, the candidate for the Lavender Zone will stand for election in February since he had not registered for this election in time.

Blue Zone: Ellen Gibbs moved Brandon Wilde seconded that J.T. Harechmak be elected as the Blue Zone rep. Unanimously elected by Blue zone residents.

Orange Zone: Bookie Read-Orr moved and Sue Bornstein seconded that Paul Strange be elected Orange Zone rep. Unanimously elected by Orange Zone residents.

Brown Zone: Magdalena Rood will stand for election for the Brown Zone in February since she had not registered in time.

Green Zone: Lorie Barzano and Vicki Knipp are candidates. The Green Zone residents voted with a  4/4 tie. Our bylaws state that only residents of the sector being voted on are allowed to vote. It was decided that Lori and Vicki will both serve as Green Zone reps but will share one vote on the Steering Committee.

Yellow Zone: Jeff Seiden and John Bodek were candidates.  Jeff Seiden was elected by a vote of 8 to 4  by  Yellow Zone residents, with one abstention.

Pink Zone: Melanie McNearney and Greg Smith are candidates. Greg was not present. Melanie was elected Pink Zone sector rep.

Kevin Lewis returned to lead the meeting as the 2015 President of BCNA.

7:30-7:35        South Lamar Corridor Study – Alan Hughes, COA spoke about the South Lamar Corridor Study. The study’s purpose is to look at what can be done from a mobility standpoint for all users on S. Lamar. There is an open house tomorrow night from 6-8 PM at Zilker Elementary School. The meeting is to solicit information from users. Alan was asked how input from users will be processed and utilized. There was concern about potential for more traffic to be diverted through Bouldin Creek. There was a question about flooding issues as part of this process. Someone from Watershed Dept. will be there.

7:35-7:45         BCNA Traffic and Parking Committee introduction — Gary Hyatt, Sue Bornstein.

Gary spoke about the newly reconstituted Traffic Committee. Cyndi Collen and Gail Armstrong have volunteered to serve on the committee as well. We will be doing a lot of our meetings online and through the BCNA Yahoo group.

7:45-8:15         Zoning Issues and Zoning Committee report — Will Burkhardt, ZC Chair

  • PSW condos — 900 S. 1st condos and Bouldin Court, home sites on South 2nd St. No activity on PSW’s part since the last meeting.
    • 900 S. 1st variance for compatibility Board of Adjustment case now withdrawn
    • Right-of-way vacation cases coming to City Council in 2015. Will not be on the agenda this week.
  • 1414 Eva St. at Elizabeth St. — bed & breakfast remodel, BOA case postponed, variance requested for minimum distance to another B&B. Applicant coming to the Zoning Committee on Dec. 15th. We may need to address our neighborhood’s stance on bed and breakfasts in our area.
  • 905 Columbus St. — carport to garage conversion postponed by RDCC, referred to BOA.

Zoning Committee will write a position paper on this issue and submit to the Steering Committee. Other neighborhood associations have done so.

8:15-8:55         Bouldin Creek Local Historic District proposal — Cory Walton

Cory Walton gave a presentation on Local Historic Districts. There are few of them in Austin at the present. Cory prepared a Q&A of questions about the LHD process. The boundaries of a LHD should follow the historical development of the area. Over 50% of area property owners must support it. The estimate for the proposed reconnaissance survey is $4,800 (60 hours at $80 an hour). The BCNA Steering Committee supported the reconnaissance project with the preference that other funders be found to share the cost. It was asked how much the cost would be to proceed with a plan after the survey was done. If the entire neighborhood agreed to participate it could cost up to $22,000. Eligible properties could qualify for a tax rate freeze on the added value of improvements for up to seven years. Cory read a resolution asking the GA for its support and asking the Steering Committee to approve the finding the funds for this project.

Bill Ley moved to not do the survey. Erin McGann seconded that motion. Discussion was about concern for the possible restrictions that might accompany the designation. It was also stated that studies have shown that this does not adversely affect the value of property. However, if you have a contributing structure, you would need to approach the Landmarks Commission prior to demolition. Another comment was that we are really just talking about doing a baseline inventory of our neighborhood. It was suggested that we bring representatives from Austin’s other LHDs to a meeting to discuss their experiences with this process. The motion from Bill Ley did not pass.Stuart Hampton then moved that we spend $4,800 to get a baseline survey. Lorie Barzano seconded the motion. Discussion followed about the time frame for getting this report. Cyndi Collen suggested a friendly amendment that we expect to get a deliverable by the end of 2nd quarter 2015. Stuart accepted the friendly amendment, as did Laurie. There was discussion about the fact that the SC’s preference was that it would be preferable to raise some of the funding from other sources. It was recommended that the SC understand what the deliverables are prior to signing the contract. 23 for; 8 against; 3 abstain. Motion carries.

8:55-9:00         BCNA Parks Committee update, funding request for plantings in roundabouts

  • Ingrid Weigand, Catie Mohin
  • Motion to approve $200 for new plants at the roundabouts. Motion passed by acclamation.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:05 PM.

GA Meeting Minutes from August 12th, 2014

Bouldin Creek Neighborhood Association General Meeting 8/12/2014

 

6:45 PM         Welcome, intros

6:58 PM         Announcements

7:00 PM         Special Event Residential Parking Permits­ –

Special parking permits for the 25 event days to protect Bouldin Creek from event based parking. City will implement “attention getting fines” along with flip down no parking signs with parking permitted on non-event days.   City Staff must pose the specifics in response to resolution from City Council. Development process is ongoing.  Residents urged to be ready to comment once City of Austin requests stakeholder comment.

 

7:14 PM         Code Next

City of Austin’s citywide rewrite of development code is called Code Next. Many possible changes are being suggested.  BCNA has not weighed in yet, but in the next 2-6 months, there may be decisions coming that we will want to be a part of.  Austin’s development community is a prime driver to push for a streamlined and easier code.  There is concern that our Neighborhood Plan will be set aside or invalidated in the process.  Next meeting is 505 Barton Springs (One Texas Center) on August 18th at 4 PM.

 

7:23 PM         Oak Creek Village Sidewalk Construction and Funding

Sidewalks were built and BCNA Steering Committee disbursed $11,000 from a sum of money that was given to us by developer for this purpose.  There is money left after paying for the sidewalks.  Kevin suggests we ask stakeholders (Wilson/Fletcher residents) to ask for input on spending excess funds.  We may hold off until the development is finished to see what the needs really are.

 

7:28 PM         Hyatt development and attorney’s fees.

The Hyatt PUD developer was required to pay into Bouldin Creek Community Development Corporation (BCCDC) as part of a restrictive covenant with BCNA.  BCCDC was recently paid $43,000 through this agreement.  The developer was authorized for residential development only, but they now want to use some of the space for business and administration.  The developer agreed to pay into the BCCDC for non-residential uses though this was not required; BCNA will not oppose their request to Council to allow the new uses.  The BCCDC can receive up to $50,000 more if the Hyatt developer goes through with plans for development.

We incurred attorney’s fees to help us with the addendum to the restrictive covenant and the Steering Committee will need to vote to pay them once we see the bill.

 

 

7:38 PM         Zoning Committee Report

Milton St, Board of Adjustment approved the homeowner’s request for a variance on a carport. BCNA voted not to oppose

900 Jewel, Variance granted for addition to rear of house.  BCNA voted not to oppose.

910 Christopher St – City Council to hear Historic Zoning –BCNA supported the request.

PSW Condo development at 900 S 1st. St:  variances and right-of-way vacations are in play. Of particular concern is the unnamed street that is the north border of this part of the neighborhood, which serves as one of the 2 entrance/exits to the this area.  The future of the many live oaks and a heritage pecan tree on the property is in question. Next Board of Adjustment hearing on a request for compatibility waiver is next month. BCNA voted to oppose the request due to ambiguous language.

PSW Bouldin Court – A residential development with 22 houses/units. Right-of-way vacations are also an issue here.  Concerns are visual impact, traffic impact, and watershed impact.  If the unnamed street on the north is closed by PSW’s right-of-way vacation request for the PSW condo project, Copeland Street will be the only way into and out of the neighborhood.  Limiting egress to one street would be a safety issue, especially with a possible 22 new residences added to the neighborhood.  Bouldin Court could potentially be a 5A residential redevelopment, possibly the largest outside of the Oak Creek Village redevelopment. So far, there is no neighborhood support for the project.  After 2 years of dialogue, there is no change in PSW’s plans or position despite meetings with Bouldin residents.

 

7:46 PM         South Congress Area Parking

No action at the moment.  Kevin was asked to meet with Council Member (CM) Riley and CM Morrison and Director of Transportation Spillar.  CM Riley was proposing the idea of one side of street no restrictions the other side would be RPP.  Neighbors were not happy with plan. Merchants on South Congress want more parking and want a solution.  In the short term, there is no movement pending more from the CoA Transportation Office.

The City of Austin has allowed residents who would like to get their curbs repainted to do the painting with permission and guidance from the Public Works department.  Paula.

 

7:54 PM         Parks Committee Report

Parks Committee is reorganizing after many years of operation.  Looking for people to take a small part of one of the many parks or roundabouts and help take care of these spaces.  Parks committee is actively looking for new members to help us with the many parks and green spaces.  Looking for independent groups to devote small increments of time to get a small area cleaned up.  Several residents at the meeting volunteered, but more are needed.

W Bouldin Creek Greenbelt entrance – new entry area will be built in September. Building this with money from Rolling Stones concert many years ago and with other dedicated funds.

 

7:59 PM         South Central Waterfront Planning process

Focused on Statesman site and nearby Crockett property.

 

8:02 PM         Terry Black’s BBQ – Smoke issues

Concern that the smoke is a danger to neighbors and causing health problems.  Neighbors researched problems caused by wood smoke and possible solutions.  Neighbors will meet with Blacks on 8/26 to begin a dialogue to figure out what mitigation techniques might be affordable and effective.

 

8:06 PM         Town Lake Park Long-Term Study interim recommendations

Next meeting with Tur Partners is August 20th, 6 PM at Palmer Event Center.

Past meetings discussed event RPP, traffic management, maintaining a 25 event-day limit.  There is also interest in building a new parking garage, depressing Riverside Dr. (to make a tunnel, with land bridges over top) to increase green space without closing Riverside.  A new parking garage would be around $42M.

The next meeting agenda will address funding, management and exploring public-private partnerships for managing parks.

Special events policy is also being rewritten at the City of Austin and is intertwined with parks use.

 

8:25 PM         Adjourned

BCNA Steering Committee Minutes September 8, 2014

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

 

6:35 PM

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.

6:53 PM

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.

Guernsey

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.

 

7:22 PM

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

Unanimously accepted

Kevin requests an exec summary on zoning committee issues before each SC meeting.

 

7:31 PM

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

 

7:33 PM

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.

 

 

7:45 PM

Introduction of our new bulletin editor Kim

She has a marketing background, lives on Columbus.

 

7:48 PM

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

 

8:06 PM

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.

 

8:14 PM

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.

 

8:23 PM

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.

 

 

8:24 PM

City Council candidate forums

Tomorrow night at El Mercado – South Austin Democrats candidates forum 6 pm for district 9.

 

 

8:35 PM Adjourned