Bouldin Bulletin Hot off the press is the June-July Bouldin Bulletin. The same good stuff you might have read while drinking a cup of coffee —but in digital form. HERE: Following local health guidelines this issue of the Bouldin Bulletin is to be distributed ONLINE ONLY – in order to prevent unnecessary contact among neighbors and delivery volunteers. Thanks to John Shobe, our Publisher, Ronnie Dittmar, editor, and Rob Clayton our web admin.,for bringing us into the world of digital publishing – a potentially more mobile-friendly, color, version of the Bouldin Bulletin. Also thanks to neighbors for articles and to our advertisers.
South Congress Parking Strategy This will have neighborhood wide impact but especially Yellow and Lavender Sectors. Information HERE: And HERE:
Healthy Streets Initiative In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Austin Transportation is working to create places that promote physical and mental health and also provide safe options to access jobs and services. With direction from Austin City Council (Resolution 20200507-062), Austin Transportation has initiated a Healthy Streets Initiative that will connect previously disconnected portions of the active transportation network and create more space for daily physical activity. More info HERE http://www.austintexas.gov/HealthyStreets
West Mary St. Notice-CoA notice of repairs to W. Mary St. between Newton St. and East Bouldin Creek . The Mary Street Storm Drain Relief system will help reduce the risk of flooding for several homes within the project area. Since mailing information about the project, there has been a change in start date. We’re now expecting construction to begin Mid –May 2020, weather permitting. Work hours are currently 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. We expect the project to take five months to complete. More Info HERE http://austintexas.gov/marystorm And HERE http://austintexas.gov/sites/default/files/files/Watershed/MaryStFAQfinal.pdf
Note June Association meeting! Note from BCNA Officers Hi Neighbors, The Association Officers are in discussion regarding having an informal Neighborhood Zoom meeting – one neighbor has an account that can host 100 people (doubt if we would have that many). This would likely be an unofficial meeting, as we’ve already cancelled the actual meeting. Please stay tuned – hoping we can get something going. Thanks, Ronnie D, Treasurer
EVENTS DOWN THE HILL Whether you’re interested in avoiding traffic, parking issues, or strolling to a good time, here are the websites to discover the goings and on of which to be aware: LONG CENTER http://thelongcenter.org/events/ PALMER AUDITORIUM https://www.palmereventscenter.com/events/
Note: all meetings subject to change during current health regulations. 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
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
Austin Water Forward My name is Robert Mace. I live in Allandale and serve on the Austin Water Forward Task Force, a council-member appointed group that worked with Austin Water in developing Austin’s 100-year water plan. Attached is an article I wrote that the Allandale Neighbor published. Austin_Water_Forward-article-2019-05-08
City of Austin – Park Fire Restrictions Effective August 12 Due to dangerous fire conditions that currently exist in the Central Texas area, the Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) is temporarily prohibiting the building of fires and grilling in all City of Austin parks, greenbelts and preserves—pursuant to Ordinance No. 20111102-025—effective immediately and until further notice. This includes the use of wood or charcoal BBQ pits/grills/smokers. Propane stoves are allowed in designated picnic areas only. As a general reminder, smoking is always prohibited in City of Austin parks. The Austin Police Department’s Park Police and PARD’s Park Rangers will enforce the ban in the City’s parks and greenbelts. Violations may result in a fine between $300 and $500. The temporary ban helps ensure the safety of park patrons and surrounding communities, while minimizing the wildfire risk in the City’s parks and greenbelts. The Department will continue to evaluate fire conditions and will lift the ban as soon as it is safe to do so; a media advisory will be distributed at that time.
Hot off the press is the August-September Bouldin Bulletin. The same good stuff you might have read while drinking a cup of coffee-but in digital form. HERE:
Neighborhood Event Parking and Barricades note from Thom Parker Available HERE and in the Bouldin Bulletin
EVENTS DOWN THE HILL Palmer Heavy Traffic August 2019 HERE
August 20 MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR AUSTIN ISD’S FIRST DAY Classes are back in session for students across the district. The full calendar for the 2019-20 school year is available on the district’s website. 512-414-1700. www.austinisd.org
August 25 PARTY WITH 1.5 MILLION BATS AT THE BRIDGE In addition to the bats emerging from underneath the Congress Avenue bridge when the sun sets, the 2019 Bat Fest will feature live music from Everlast, Ying Yang Twins, Petey Pablo and more. 4 p.m.-mid-night. $15-$20. Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge. 512-441-9015. www.roadwayevents.com/events/bat-fes
August 28 THE LONGHORNS ARE BACK Classes officially begin at The University of Texas. St. Edward’s University and Huston-Tillotson University. Students will be back in the classroom two days earlier on Aug. 26. 512-475-7575. www.registrar.utexas
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.
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?