BCNA Steering Committee meeting. Monday June 1st, 2020 This will be a virtual meeting via Zoom. Agenda: 6:45–review and approve prior minutes 6:50–discussion on BCNA admin issues, including potential sector map changes 6:55–budget discussion and vote 7:00–Communications, including listserv roll-out 7:10–Discussion of SoCo parking study recommendations (summary needed, see above) 7:20–Discussion of Healthy Streets program roll-out and impact 7:30–GA meeting meeting planning (tentative agenda items below for consideration), including meeting announcements 7:40–Other committee & sector updates 7:45–Adjourn
GA Meeting items: –Discussion of 1612 Newton St variance request and SC vote and confirmation vote by GA –Discussion of 2020 BCNA budget and approval of that
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.
to see you there. Here is the current agenda:
Agenda for December GA meeting:
7:20–LDC rewrite discussion & resolution vote (see proposal below)
7:35–West Monroe RPP vote
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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
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 CandidateMary 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,
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.
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.
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.
SoCo parking study update posted in Bouldin Bulletin by Yellow Sector Rep. Elizabeth Howard
Land Development Code draftHERE 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, firstname.lastname@example.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.
Hello neighbors–The next general membership meeting of the Bouldin Creek Neighborhood Association will be next Tuesday, August 13, beginning at 6:45 pm at the High Road on Dawson, 700 Dawson. Hope to see you there.
Here is the current agenda: 6:45–Introductions; 6:55–Traffic Safety & Parking and Parks Committee updates; 7:00–Confirmation vote on BCNA support for crosswalk painting at South Congress & Gibson; 7:05–Discussion and vote on proposed resolution regarding CodeNext (aka land use code rewrite) –proposed resolution below; 7:20–Statesman site redevelopment presentation by Endeavor Real Estate Group; 7:50–Adjourn
Proposed resolution: BCNA opposes unequal zoning changes targeted at only certain current residential areas and instead supports equal treatment for all property currently zoned as “single family” throughout the City.
Austin had a long history of discriminatory treatment of certain areas that needs to stop.
Unequal policy will both exacerbate displacement of people in targeted areas and fail
to maximize affordability and environment protection in the other areas of the City.
Austin’s land use laws should promote affordability and walkability equally everywhere in all
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:
6:55–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
Proposed South Central Waterfront Resolution
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.
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.
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.
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.