West Bouldin Creek Greenbelt Plan

The West Bouldin Creek Greenbelt Biological Assessment and Restoration Plan, prepared by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, the City of Austin’s Parks and Recreation and Watershed Protection Departments and the BCNA is located here:

http://www.austintexas.gov/watershed_protection/publications/document.cfm?id=297206   (26 Mb – May take a while to download)

“From the Archives”

Garage Placement Tool Exhibits

The following PDFs have been added to the Bouldincreek.org media library to facilitate discussion at Tuesday’s meeting related to the intention and benefits of adopting this tool.

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Proposed Historic District Delineations for Bouldin Creek Neighborhood

This map

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includes overlays, named by the architectural historian to reflect defining historic features in each area. The overlays are configured for the continuity of their structures, and by the fact that a good percentage of the structures in the area still retain their original character (at least as of April 2016) Any one or all of these areas, with majority approval by property owners, could apply for local historic district (LHD) nomination.

The accelerated demolition of original neighborhood structures reduces daily many opportunities for preservation and could easiy render these prospective dirticts and their protections unatainable. No LHD application process has begun anywhere in Bouldin, but if you’re interested in learning more about what LHD adoption means, please check http://www.austintexas.gov/department/local-historic-districts

You can have your Porch, and setbacks too …

Will be interesting to see how this plays out in practice.

http://www.austinmonitor.com/stories/2016/01/planning-commission-oks-porch-change/

The idea is that a house on a corner lot can’t easily have a wrap-around porch because of lot-size limitations, so now the encroachment into the front setback (an encroachment which everyone who’s ever enjoyed a conversation on a shady porch with a neighbor can probably support) can wrap around to the side setback as well, encouraging a more “connected” style of home much like the traditional homes of yore.

Overall this seems like a good thing. But “what defines a porch?” will likely become the question. What do you think?

Results of Bouldin Creek Neighborhood Historic Resources Survey *updated*

Early last year, Bouldin Creek Neighborhood Association voted to commission an evaluation of our neighborhood’s housing for historical significance and eligibility for designation as one or more local or National Register historic districts. The survey does not obligate residents or BCNA to apply for or become a historic district.

Preservation Central, Inc., an Austin-based historic preservation consulting firm conducted the study and presented to BCNA at our October General Association Meeting. A spreadsheet of the inventory in a PDF file is below, along with a PDF containing a discussion of the results.

Prospective Historic Districs in Bouldin Creek Neighborhood

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