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All the News that Fits October 2019


Hello neighbors, a lot going on in Austin in the fall. We try to inform folks of events impacting the ‘hood. We also try and update events/happenings from our neighbors.
Missing something, let us know. Thanks

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/

Mayor to Council 2019-10-17
Mayor-LDC-draft-statement-2019-10-17.pdf

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-info HERE
link>https://www.austinchronicle.com/daily/news/2019-10-14/early-voting-locations-and-voter-id-info/

Current-election/what-s-on-the-ballot https://countyclerk.traviscountytx.gov/elections/current-election/what-s-on-the-ballot.html

Note: There are no mobile voting locations anymore, thanks to the Texas Legislature.

Hot off the press is the October-November Bouldin Bulletin. The same good stuff you might have read while drinking a cup of coffee —but in digital form.
HERE

EVENTS DOWN THE HILL
Check this month’s Bulletin for Neighborhood Event Parking and Barricades, the Austin City Limits plus more upcoming events and road closures
More ACL info HERE

Palmer Heavy Traffic October 2019 HERE

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/

PALMER AUDITORIUM
https://www.palmereventscenter.com/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

BCNA General Association meeting 06-11-2019

 BCNA General Association meeting 06-11-2019

Hello neighbors–The next general membership meeting of the Bouldin Creek Neighborhood Association will be next Tuesday, June 11, beginning at 6:45 pm at the High Road on Dawson, 700 Dawson. Hope to see you there. Here is the currently envisioned agenda:

6:45–introductions
6:55–Update on City Hall developments
7:00–South Central Waterfront presentation, discussion, & vote (see proposed resolution below)
7:30–South Congress parking study update
7:35–Parks Committee Update
7:40–adjourn

Proposed South Central Waterfront Resolution

Resolution:

  1. The City Council should not approve any new entitlements above existing base zoning or those entitlements outlined in existing PUD ordinances for the Statesman tract or any other properties in the South Central Waterfront plan area until the Council has implemented the regulatory and financial measures needed to ensure that the Austin community may realize the full public benefits outlined in the South Central Waterfront Vision Plan.

Background Facts:

  1. In June 2016 the Austin City Council adopted the South Central Waterfront Vision Plan, which envisions more affordable housing, connectivity, green spaces and great streets as the waterfront is developed.
  2. Three years later the Council has not implemented the development, financing, and regulation frameworks outlined in the vision plan and needed for the Waterfront Plan to become reality.
  3. Other developers working in the South Central Waterfront area are currently lobbying for similar PUDs and extraordinary entitlements above base zoning in the near future, and the framework for the Waterfront Plan is still not in place.

Thanks & have a good weekend–Jesse, BNCA Prez

BCNA General Association Meeting 04-09-2019

BCNA General Association Meeting  04-09-2019

Hello neighbors–The next general membership meeting of the Bouldin Creek Neighborhood Association will be next Tuesday, April 9, beginning at 6:45 pm at the High Road on Dawson, 700 Dawson. Hope to see you there. Here is the currently envisioned agenda:

–6:45: Intros
–6:55: Event announcements
–7:00: Parks Committee update
–7:10: Call for volunteers for Communications and Traffic Safety & Parking Committees
–7:15: Zoning update, including review of vote on support for Board of Adjustment variance for 1301 S. 5th St.
–7:25: Green Pastures update
–7:35: Brief presentation on “Affordability Unlocked” zoning changes
–7:45: Adjourn

Hope to see you all there, thanks!–Jesse, BCNA Prez

Meeting Schedules:
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.

28th Annual Creek Cleaning Party Saturday, March 2nd, 2019

Bouldin Creek 28th Annual Creek Cleaning Party
In support of “It’s my Park day”
Saturday, March 2nd, 2019 from 8:30am to 11:30am

quick follow up and thanks to all! gh

Neighbors,

We had a wonderful turn-out yesterday for our 28th Annual Creek Cleaning. With the 106 people who signed in and a few who did not, we had a little over 110 participants..
We knew from the Austin Parks Foundation’s website that we could expect a lot of help, so the Parks Committee pre-selected locations and crew leaders and it worked out beautifully. We were able to clean out trash from both East and West Bouldin Creek and the West Bouldin Creek Greenbelt, in addition to weeding beds in Nicholas Dawson Park. We have not been able to do such a thorough cleaning in a couple of years.
It was cold and damp but that did not prevent anyone form having a good time. When we were done, we enjoyed tacos donated by El Mercado; this is the 28th year they have fed our volunteers. Please be sure to thank them next time you are there.
And do go out and explore the parks and the greenbelt. Everything is budding and starting to bloom. And – there is that new species recently discovered in Nicholas Dawson Park, a tree-dwelling blue whale. I think it is the only one of its kind.

Thanks again to everyone who helped,
Ingrid Weigand
BCNA Parks Committee
512-663-4632

Update 02-27-2019
Neighbors,

Our 28th Annual Creek Cleaning will happen this Saturday, weather permitting. We have had record participation registrations from members of the greater Austin community, so we have closed registration at the Austin Parks Foundation site. HOWEVER, this is a neighborhood tradition and we would like to encourage you to join us and explore our creeks and greenbelts.

We will have enough people to clean both creeks and also do some maintenance (weeding, etc.) in N Dawson Park. If you are interested in the latter, please bring some gardening tools.

Here are the details:
Saturday, March 2
Meeting place: Entrance to N Dawson Park on Gibson/South First (adjacent to El Mercado parking lot)
Meeting time: 8:30 am

Please wear sturdy boots, long pants, long-sleeved shirts to guard against exposure to poison ivy. Gloves, tools and trash bags will be provide courtesy of the Austin Parks Foundation.

Thank you,
Ingrid Weigand
BCNA Parks Committee
512-663-4632

Since 1991, neighbors and community members have met once a year to collect trash in both East and West Bouldin Creek. Together we have removed enough car parts and tires to build a small fleet of cards, carpets and appliances to furnish several homes, cans and bottles to open a convenience store and styrofoam to last quite a few lifetimes. In addition, innumerable pieces of found art made it home with their proud finders.
We’ll meet at 8:30 am at the entrance to Nicholas Dawson Park on the corner of Gibson and South First for coffee and snacks provided by neighborhood restaurants, then send teams of people to different parts of the two creeks. Around 11:30 am we meet back in N. Dawson Park for lunch, again courtesy of our business friends.
Gloves and trash bags will be provided. Please dress in long-sleeved shirts and long pants to guard against possible contact with poison ivy, and wear sturdy shoes. Be prepared to get muddy and dirty and have a very good time. Kids and dogs welcome. More info HERE:

All the News that Fits February 2019

UPCOMING Events for March and April affecting traffic in and around Bouldin Creek Neighborhood HERE

28th Annual Creek Cleaning Party
Bouldin Creek Parks clean up in conjunction with “It’s My Park Day”
Saturday, March 2nd, 2019 from 8:30am to 11:30am                         More info HERE:

Bouldin Bulletin for February-March 2019
Hot off the press is the February-March Bouldin Bulletin.
The same good stuff you might have read while drinking a cup of coffee —but in digital form.
Thanks to John Shobe, our Publisher and Rob Clayton our web admin.,for bringing us into a new world of digital publishing – a potentially more mobile-friendly, color, version of the Bouldin Bulletin, current and archives are available HERE:

EVENTS DOWN THE HILL                                                                                    Palmer Heavy Traffic February 2019 HERE
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/
PALMER AUDITORIUM
https://www.palmereventscenter.com/events/

Neighborhood Plan Contact Team Meets Feb. 9, 4:30 PM

The Bouldin Creek Neighborhood Plan Contact Team (BCNPCT) will hold its annual meeting Saturday, February 9 at the High Road, 700 Dawson Rd., at 4:30 PM.  As a  bit of background:                                             -Neighborhood plan contact teams are separate from neighborhood  associations.                                                                                                                       -Their sole purview is stewardship of the neighborhood plan.                   -They operate under city-dictated bylaws, elections, meetings, notification, and reporting.                                                                                               -All BCNPCT meetings are open to the public and anyone who resides in or owns a business or property in the neighborhood plan area may participate on the contact team.

You can read more about Plan Contact Team responsibilities and processes at: http://austintexas.gov/department/neighborhood-plan-contact-teams

The Bouldin Creek Neighborhood Plan has been amended several times since its 2002 adoption. Amendment requires city application and notification. No amendments are scheduled for this meeting.

The February 9 meeting agenda will include officer elections,  a review of the team bylaws, and review and vote on a couple of optional planning resources the team has traditionally not opted for: You can  read about them at:                                                                                          http://austintexas.gov/department/front-yard-parking http://austintexas.gov/department/mobile-food-establishments


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.

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A little Austin history from John T. Davis.

“How The 1970s Defined Austin”
A cool article about Austin.
By John T. Davis
Published: August 30, 2018 Austin Monthly

Longtime Austinites are particularly fond of their former sleepy college town’s history, and no decade represents a happier time—the happiest, some would say—than the freewheeling, youth-driven ’70s. Austin has always been a progressive city, but this decade formed the bedrock for where we are today. We explain why.
http://www.austinmonthly.com/AM/September-2018/Golden-Years/

Also Austin-in-25-objects                                    http://www.austinmonthly.com/AM/September-2017/Austin-in-25-Objects/