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General Association meeting 12-10-2019


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General Association meeting 12-10-2019

 Agenda 

Hello neighbors–  The next general membership meeting of the Bouldin Creek Neighborhood Association will be Tuesday, December 10, beginning at 6:45 pm at the High Road on Dawson, 700 Dawson.

Hope to see you there. Here is the current agenda:

Agenda for December GA meeting:

6:45–Introductions
6:55–BCNA election
7:20–LDC rewrite discussion & resolution vote (see proposal below)
7:35–West Monroe RPP vote
7:40–Committee updates
7:45–Adjourn

Proposed Resolution:

1. BCNA supports the proposal to moderate the impact and resulting displacement in existing single-family areas targeted as “transition zones” proposed on November 18th by Mayor Adler and Council member Alter.

2. BCNA supports serious consideration of all approaches that will achieve the policy goals of the LDC rewrite — promoting affordability and walkability everywhere — without placing an unequal and unfair burden upon single-family areas targeted as “transition zones.”

3. BCNA asks for more time to review and perfect the LDC rewrite. This rewrite is very important and mostly not reversible, and good new ideas are still being proposed.  BCNA opposes passing the LDC rewrite in December.

4. BCNA opposes a two-step process that separates the mapping process from the rest of the LDC rewrite process because the real effect of the rewrite on actual people needs to be made clear to the public at the time of the rewrite.

Happy Holidays–Jesse, BCNA Prez.

BCNA Officer Elections – December 10, 2019

The Bouldin Creek Neighborhood Association will hold its annual officer’s election at the next 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 officers and committees deal with zoning issues, traffic problems and neighborhood parks; manage our funds, maintain the web site and publish newsletters. 

As always, we will take nominations from the floor at the meeting. You have to be a registered member of BCNA as of November 30, in order to be a candidate or to vote.

Below is a slate of candidates that have announced their intention to run for office at this time.  We are also looking for volunteers to serve on Committees for Parks, Traffic, and Zoning issues.  We asked each candidate to provide us with a short statement. In the spirit of the League of Women Voters, these statements are unedited.

Note that we still need 3 volunteer candidates-Secretary, Lavender and Blue Sector Representatives.

The President is theprimary spokesperson of the BCNA. S/he presides at all meetings of BCNA general membership and the Executive Committee, makes appointments with the advice and consent of the Executive Committee, and cosigns all checks drawn on the account of BCNA.

Candidate: Jesse Moore, Incumbent

I am terminally ambivalent and therefore tend to be more process-oriented than results-oriented.  My main goal as President is to foster an environment that encourages people to both listen to each other and speak up.  I find this to be a very challenging job and I know my fellow committee and officer volunteers do as well.  I cannot express my gratitude to them and to all BCNA members who participate in their own way year after year, decade after decade.

The Vice President – Neighborhood Issues shall assist and support committees related to zoning, development, parks and traffic. S/he will preside at BCNA meetings when necessary due to the absence of the president.

Candidate: Kate Francis, Curent Lavender Sector Rep

In the 2 short years I’ve been involved with BCNA, my favorite part has been meeting new neighbors and getting to know all of the stories and histories of Bouldin Creek. I’d like to have more community get-togethers in the coming year so that the neighborhood association continues to grow with both old and new faces – events like happy hours, park pot lucks, movie and theatre outings and the like. I’m hoping to organize another monthly social meeting in addition to last-Friday-of-the-month Happy Hour at El Mercado. If you are a local business owner and want to host an event, please get in touch!

The Vice President – External Affairs shall assist and support activities related to community ambassadors, neighborhood-wide social events, creek clean ups, neighborhood outreach, resource persons and serves as the Austin Neighborhood Council Representative.

Candidate: Paul Strange, Incumbent

When I was working there was a lot of travel involved in my job. Consequently, volunteer activities were not an option. Now that I’m retired I have an opportunity to get involved and there is no better place to do it than in the community in which we have chosen to live. I started out delivering Bulletins and then was elected as the Orange Sector Representative.   Now as VP External Affairs I get to represent BCNA and share our interests and concerns with the Austin Neighborhoods Council and other community groups. I’m running for reelection to continue in that important position.

Communications Director – shall assist with and support activities related to information dissemination, newsletter publication, web sites and other mass media.

Candidate: Mimi Martinez McKay

As a longtime Bouldin resident and property owner (1994), I’ve reaped the benefits of the terrific work of all those actively contributing to BCNA and am ready to give back by serving as the Communications Director. I trust my professional background in communications for several government entities (including federal, state and county) will be valuable should you select me for this position. The specific focus of my work over the past 20 years has been on implementing policies to improve services for those dealing with serious mental health issues which is certainly a critical issue for Bouldin and many other neighborhoods throughout our city. 

Treasurer – shall assist and support activities related to finance, including account record keeping, fund deposit and withdrawals, and other related business management with respect to fundraising. The Treasurer shall co-sign all checks drawn on the account of BCNA; s/he will give a full report of all accounts on a monthly basis to the Executive Committee and shall keep the General Association apprised of all transactions on BCNA accounts.

Candidate: Ronnie Dittmar

I’ve been Treasurer several times in recent years, subject to term limits. Since the current Treasurer is moving back to his former office of Yellow Sector rep, I hope to step back in to continue to keep the financial accounts updated, reconciled and reported to the Association. My qualifications include 23 years of Association membership, mostly in an officer capacity, including my current role as Bulletin (newsletter) Coordinator, and Parks Committee member. I’m also a CPA, which has its own requirements for competence and ethical standards. 

The Secretary shall record minutes of the General Association Meeting and the Executive Committee meetings, as well as assist and support activities related to records and agenda keeping, membership validation, and database managing. Candidate Needed:

Sector Representatives – must live in the sectors they represent.

The Green Sector:                                                N/S borders: Oltorf to Mary E/W borders: Railroad tracks to South First

Candidate: Nick Sargologos, Incumbent      Long time Austin resident, son of career Air Force officer who transferred to Austin in 1971. Graduate of Lanier high school, then the University of Texas, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1982. Earned commission as US Navy officer in 1983, and designation as a Naval Aviator upon completing pilot training in 1984. After leaving active duty in 1989, Nick chose to pursue a career in the high tech industry, where he has worked with several leading companies, including IBM, Dell and Motorola. Nick has been with NXP (formerly Freescale) in Austin since 2006, and holds patents in the area of high speed communication technology

If elected, Melynda Nuss, former VP of Neighborhood Issues, will serve as back-up representative.

The Lavender Sector:  Need Candidate    Oltorf to Johanna South First to S. Congress

The Blue Sector :  Need Candidate                               Mary to Monroe Railroad tracks to South First

The Yellow Sector  Johanna to South of the School for the Deaf South First to S. Congress

Candidate: Jeff Seiden/Jody Zemel I have volunteered with BCNA for 5 years as Sector Rep and Treasurer.  I participate on the Zoning Committee and have a particular focus on Pedestrian and Bicycle Mobility, Traffic, Parking and Safety issues facing Yellow Sector residents.  As Sector rep, I will work to balance Bouldin’s historical neighborhood feel with the numerous changes to our area proposed by the CoA.  I’ve been an Austin resident for over 22 years and moved to Eva Street 9 years ago.  When I am traveling, I will be assisted in the Yellow Sector rep role by Jody Zemel, a long time Bouldin resident with deep experience in both BCNA and CoA neighborhood, development and planning issues.

The Pink Sector         Candidate: Scottee Downing, Incumbent Monroe to Gibson between Railroad tracks to South First Gibson to Christopher between S. 5th & South First

It’s been said that the best protection for your home is to get to know your neighbors. When I moved to Austin, I was looking for community and a place to grow some roots. This past year was my first experience being involved with BCNA, and I have never felt more at home. While our neighborhood is rapidly changing, I am committed to staying educated on internal and external factors that will affect our homes and families. I have received more from my Bouldin neighbors than I could ever give back, and I appreciate the opportunity to serve in this role. 

The Orange Sector                                                                    Gibson to Christopher between RR tracks & S. 5th Christopher to Barton Springs Rd between RR track and Bouldin

Candidate: Sue Mercado, Incumbent

I have served as the Orange Sector representative for this past year. There has been a learning curve but I feel that this coming year if elected, I will be better equipped with a year under my belt.  I would like to encourage more input from my neighbors in this zone. I feel that I offer a fresh perspective and have some new ideas that I can bring to the table. I’m born and raised in Austin, and have the history, knowledge, and love for the city and this neighborhood. 

The Brown Sector                                                           Copeland to Barton Springs Rd S. 2nd to South First

Candidate: Stephanie Scholten, Incumbent

As representative for the past two years, I have done my best to keep Brown Sector residents informed and to encourage more diverse voices in the neighborhood association. It has been so rewarding to see many of you now regularly attending BCNA meetings and getting involved with issues that will affect your daily life (whether you’re currently aware of it or not!) I hope to see even more new faces next year so that we can all try to create a more inclusive, sustainable, and affordable community for everyone. 

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 10-08-2019

Hello neighbors–The next general membership meeting of the Bouldin Creek Neighborhood Association will be next Tuesday, October 08, beginning at 6:45 pm at the High Road on Dawson, 700 Dawson.
Hope to see you there.

Agenda:
6:45–Introductions
6:55–Committee updates
7:00–SoCo parking study update
7:05–Unconventional Austin presentation on ballot items & audience Q&A
7:15–Review and discussion of Land Development Code draft
Draft released Friday 10-04-2019.
7:45–adjourn

SoCo parking study update posted in Bouldin Bulletin by Yellow Sector Rep. Elizabeth Howard

Land Development Code draft HERE http://www.austintexas.gov/ldc

Officer elections note
The Bouldin Creek Neighborhood Association will hold its annual Officers election at the next General Association meeting on Tuesday, December 10.In order to vote in the election or to run for office, you have to be a registered member of the Neighborhood Association. The deadline for registering prior to the election is November 30. Please contact Treasurer, treasurer@bouldincreek.org to sign up or to check whether your registration is current. Attendance (with sign-in) at any meeting within the last 2 years automatically updates your registration.

BCNA Zoning Committee June 19, 2019

BCNA Zoning Committee June 19, 2019

Attached is the agenda for next Wednesday’s meeting. The Endeavor Group will be presenting their plans for the Statesman Site. The Statesman Site is technically in the South River City NP but whatever is built they will have an impact on BCNA. Hope you can attend.

Members: Stuart Sampley, Kris Hyatt, Patrick Ousey, Jeff Seiden, Ryan Gullahorn, Billy Weaver, Paul Strange
Jesse Moore ( ex officio )

The Zoning Committee serves in an advisory role to the Steering Committee and its votes do not bind the BCNA. All meetings are open to the general membership and public at large. The Zoning Committee will convene in executive session and exclude all persons except Committee Members and BCNA Officers from executive session.

6:45 – Previous business and agenda discussion

7:00 – Statesman PUD ( Endeavor Group )
• PUD Application for 19.3 acre Statesman Site

7:30 – Discussion

8:00 – Adjourn

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.