Neighbors, Now is a good time to remove Nandina and cats claw from the West Bouldin Creek Greenbelt. Both are clearly visible and poison ivy is not abundant yet. We’ll try a different method this time – instead of digging out invasives, we’ll cut them back to the ground, hoping that if we do this for a couple of years, they’ll give up 🙂 We’ll also take off the bright red berries from Nandina – a very good job for children – and dispose of them separately. Please join us for an hour or two next Saturday, January 25, starting at 9 am. Meeting place will be the entrance at 1200 South 6th Street. Bring scissors or clippers as well as work gloves. Remember to wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts to protect against p.i. We can make quite a difference with even10-15 people. Thanks, Ingrid Weigand BCNA Parks Committee 512-663-4632
BCNA Officer Elections – December 10,
The Bouldin Creek Neighborhood Association held its annual officer’s election at the General Association Meeting on Tuesday, December 10. We are a volunteer organization and depend on those neighbors who are willing to donate time and energy to make sure our interests are represented at City boards and commissions, at the Austin Neighborhood Council and with Austin City Council. Our Job descriptions in the BCNA Bylaws HERE/
So a big Thank You to our newest volunteers:
Vice President – Neighborhood Issues: Kate Francis
Vice President – External Affairs: Paul Strange
Communications Director: Mimi Martinez McKay
Treasurer: Ronnie Dittmar
Secretary: Matt Coldwell
The Green Sector: Nick Sargologos, Back-up: Melynda Nuss
The Lavender Sector: (Robert Cantu is current candidate)
The Blue Sector: Angelika Sauer
The Yellow Sector: Jeff Seiden, Back-up : Jody Zemel,
The Pink Sector: Scottee Downing
The Orange Sector : Sue Mercado Vincent
The Brown Sector: Stephanie Scholten
a good year and perhaps decade for our small planet/nation, state, city and Bouldin
BCNA Meeting Schedules: BCNA General Association Meeting: 2ndTuesday, every other month BCNA Steering Committee Meeting:1st Monday, each month BCNA Zoning Committee Meeting: 3rd Monday each month Meetings at The High Road, 6:45pm 700 Dawson Road, Unless otherwise noted
Park’s Day November 2 Neighbors, Now that the weather is cooler (and we had that wonderful rain) it’s time to share some love with our green spaces. We’ll have a quick clean up of both Nicholas Dawson Park and the West Bouldin Creek Greenbelt next Saturday, Nov 2, from 9 am to 11 am Meeting place is the entrance to Nicholas Dawson at South First and Gibson, next to the El Mercado parking lot. From there, we’ll spread out to several locations. Please bring gloves and be prepared to get muddy; wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts and sturdy shoes. I’ll have coffee and some breakfast bars ready; we’ll also supply trash bags. It’s fall – let’s celebrate and play outside! Ingrid Weigand BCNA Parks Committee 512-663-4632
Hello neighbors, this the latest we have on the Land Development Code Draft, with a good discussion on the n’hood forum. Have anything to add here send it to us.
For you activists and other concerned neighbors:
PLANNING COMMISSION PUBLIC HEARING This Saturday, Oct. 26, Planning Commission will hold the first public hearing on the draft. Sign-up for speakers will open at 8:30am and close at 1pm; testimony will commence at 10am, and each speaker will be given three minutes to make their case (with donated time allowed up to nine minutes). Share your feedback with local land use commissioners on the proposed land development code rewrite. City Hall, 301 W. Second. . www.austintexas.gov.
“RALLY AGAINST THE “NEXT CODENEXT” Community Not Commodity – the group largely responsible for CodeNEXT’s demise – hosts a counter-rally opposing the new LDC during the Planning Commission’s public hearing. 9am. City Hall, 301 W. Second. The most important is the Planning Commission hearing on Saturday, October 26, from 9 – 11:30am at City Hall. CnC will hold a rally outside City Hall to help organize and prepare people to speak before the Planning Commission. https://communitynotcommodity.com/
RALLY FOR MORE HOMES Local urbanists group AURA invites allies to come out and support the city’s Planning Commissioners during the LDC public hearing. 9am-3pm. Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second, www.aura-atx.org.
Austin’s Land Development Code Schedule Takes Shape Council could take a first-reading vote in December. From Austin Chronicle https://www.austinchronicle.com/news/2019-10-25/austins-land-development-code-schedule-takes-shape/
Monday, November 18th for a Council work session on the draft land development code revision.
Dec. 03, 2019 – City Council Work Session
Dec. 04, 2019 – City Council Work Session
Dec. 07, 2019 – City Council Public Hearing
Dec. 09, 2019 – City Council Special Called Meeting
Maneuvering through the Land Development Code Revision Here is some info that may hopefully help some of y’all. Land Development Code Revision >link http://www.austintexas.gov/ldc
Notice at right “Top Content “ To check out your property or those else where go to Land Development Code Draft and Map LINK http://www.austintexas.gov/department/land-development-code-drafts
Below to > Land Development Code Revision Draft Zoning Maps Proposed Zoning-View an interactive map showing a side-by-side comparison of Austin’s current and proposed zoning. You can explore the map at-will or use the search function to find a specific parcel. LINK https://austin.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Compare/index.html?appid=32713bd8d31f4f858b5247e47d917c5b
For individual Zoning information go up to
Chapter 3: Zoning Code
Residential Zones start at 23-3C-3800
Three more articles from Austin Chronicle-good discussions. Latest is about city officials are admitting that the LDC Revision does not, will not, cannot, and was never intended or expected to create any significant amount of affordable housing, Council members are bending over backward to change the subject. LDC revision notes and notices HERE https://www.austinchronicle.com/news/2019-10-18/public-notice-ldc-revision-notes-and-notices/
How could zoning change in your neighborhood HERE https://www.austinchronicle.com/news/2019-10-11/how-could-zoning-change-in-your-neighborhood/
Austins land use debate returns to the spotlight HERE https://www.austinchronicle.com/news/2019-10-11/austins-land-use-debate-returns-to-the-spotlight/
Information and comments on Floodplains and Atlas14 Floodplains-2019-10-11.pdf Atlas14-AAS-article.pdf
Finally just a note from neighbor Carolyn-
“Just remember that the addition of an ADU in homestead effectively negates the homestead exemption for that percentage of the total lot. So, the whole idea that an ADU helps out those of us struggling to pay our over inflated property taxes due to the rising incidence of four half-million dollar homes being built by developers on what used to be a large single family lot is not really viable.
We all need to come to our senses about being taxed on unrealized capital gains in the form of “market value” of the dirt our homes sit on and do something about it. No other gain that I’m aware of is taxed until after it is realized. If the property tax appraised value was based on acquisition cost plus improvements and, then upon the sale of the home the gain was taxed, those of us who “own” our own homes could actually afford them again.
This land code revision is only going to make the problem worse”
SoCo parking study. The Downtown Austin Alliance and mobility consultants, Nelson Nygaard are holding a workshop on November 5 at 7 pm at the High Road. They will present findings and strategies for the SoCo parking study. Please attend.. It’s your chance to provide feedback and be heard. We will be joined by the SRCC. What: South Congress Parking Study Resident Workshop Where: High Road on Dawson (700 Dawson Road, Austin, 78704) When: 7:00—8:30PM
Nov. 5 local and state elections. New voting system Information link>https://www.traviscountyclerk.org/eclerk/Content.do?code=meet-your-new-voting-system
Polling-Locations https://countyclerk.traviscountytx.gov/polling-locations.html Nov. 5 local and state elections. Early voting starts Monday, Oct. 21, and runs through Friday, Nov. 1. On the ballot will be 10 state constitutional amendments, and two citizen initiatives. Early voting locations and voter ID-infoHERE link>https://www.austinchronicle.com/daily/news/2019-10-14/early-voting-locations-and-voter-id-info/
Whether you’re interested in avoiding traffic, parking issues, or strolling to a good time, here are the websites to discover the goings-on of which to be aware: LONG CENTER http://thelongcenter.org/events/
BCNA Meeting Schedules: BCNA General Association Meeting: 2ndTuesday, every other month BCNA Steering Committee Meeting: 1st Monday, each month BCNA Zoning Committee Meeting: 3rd Monday each month Meetings at 6:45pm The High Road, 700 Dawson Road
Spring quickly turns to summer in these parts – and summer can be brutal. Native and adapted plants can help you get through the heat with a minimum of watering and maintenance and help your neighbors ( anoles, armadillos, bats, bees, butterflies, geckos, etc ) by providing habitat and food for our local and migrating wildlife.
The City of Austin Watershed Protection Department developed this plant guide in collaboration with local nurseries and the Travis County Ag Extension: