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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 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.

BCNA General Membership meeting April 10, 2018

The agenda is simple for the BCNA general membership meeting Tuesday April 10 starting at 6:45 at the High Road on Dawson.

We’ll begin with introductions and a few announcements.

7:00 we will commence a hopefully informative discussion regarding draft 3 of CodeNext and the BCNA’s position on that. I hope to have some information and a brief PowerPoint to start with. The steering committee has made a recommendation for BCNA’s position, which is below. However, this recommendation was not unanimous and all voices are welcome and will be heard before voting on the BCNA’s position. Thanks–Jesse

 

Here is the BCNA steering committee’s recommendation.  It is a moderate position that does not oppose CodeNext in its entirety and supports many aspects of the current draft.

1)  BCNA supports putting CodeNext on the ballot before being adopted.

2)  BCNA supports delaying the finalization of CodeNext until at least the end of summer, with extended public input and at least one interim rounds of  changes, and BCNA demands that the underlying data and analysis be immediately shared by the City with the community.

3)  BCNA supports the following aspects of the current draft of               CodeNext:
a) BCNA supports the overall reductions in land use restrictions resulting potential increases in housing  supply in the current draft, except for the specific  problems stated below.
b)  BCNA supports reducing unfair treatment of Bouldin and other older SF-3 neighborhoods by treating Bouldin and other such neighborhoods on a more equal  basis than current law.
c)   BCNA supports the increased freedom for home occupations, but some aspects of this increased freedom threaten to reduce affordability and are  inappropriate, as stated below.

4)  BCNA opposes the following aspects of the current draft of                CodeNext, and requests:
a)   The fee-in-lieu loopholes in affordability standards should be closed.
b)   One on-site parking space per housing unit should be required.
c)   BCNA requests some limits for visitor traffic for home occupations to be  maintained, and believes the new accessory uses and signage permitted for  residential areas go too far.
d)  The permit process changes that reduce public input and remove accountability by elected officials are not acceptable.
e)  The single-family attached loophole should be closed, and the treatment proposed for duplexes should be applied to single-family attached housing.
f)  The fee-in-lieu loopholes for sidewalk construction should be closed.

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.

[google-drive-embed url=”https://drive.google.com/a/bouldincreek.org/file/d/1IGm2qggxzWw3plC3y8GAU0UsdKvQq_FV/view?usp=drivesdk” title=”Microsoft-Word-25-2-1604.docx.pdf” icon=”https://drive-thirdparty.googleusercontent.com/16/type/application/pdf” newwindow=”yes” style=”normal”]

[google-drive-embed url=”https://drive.google.com/a/bouldincreek.org/file/d/19-FfT3LsE8T4WFBJJO9e6n6HGGcdit7u/view?usp=drivesdk” title=”Garage Placement Explanatory Graphic” icon=”https://drive-thirdparty.googleusercontent.com/16/type/application/pdf” newwindow=”yes” style=”normal”]

[google-drive-embed url=”https://drive.google.com/a/bouldincreek.org/file/d/1oyzCBiInvDaUo2AnfT53XcaedJBtWHzU/view?usp=drivesdk” title=”Map of Adopters” icon=”https://drive-thirdparty.googleusercontent.com/16/type/application/pdf” newwindow=”yes” style=”normal”]

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?