Hello neighbors–The Steering Committee Meeting of the Bouldin Creek Neighborhood Association will be Monday, August 3rd, beginning at 6:45 pm This will be a virtual meeting hosted on Zoom.
Here is the currently envisioned agenda:
6:45—Call to Order:
Administrative Business, approve prior minutes for July SC meetings
6:50—Communications Update, including listserv roll-out
–Discussion and potential vote on recommendation re: listserv guidelines
7:05—Zoning Comm. update, including:
–Discussion and potential vote on recommendation re: Schlotzsky’s PUD
–Discussion of Copeland rezoning request
7:20—Discussion and potential vote on recommendation re: Butler Shores overnight trail lighting for segment between Daugherty Arts & Riverside Dr.
7:25–Discussion of pros & cons of 501(c)(3) conversion (I propose deferring this decision to a later date)
7:30–Discussion and potential vote on peacocks-welcome-related expenditures
7:35–By-law amendment discussion and potential vote
–Discussion of area names & history
7:40–Park Committee update, including discussion of Art in Public Places South Lamar project
7:45–Traffic Safety & Parking update
–discussion of Dawson lane striping (it is possible that lane striping decreases safety and encourages speeding by defining a lane for motorists to decide they own: https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2016/10/31/ask-r-moses-does-center-line-striping-make-streets-safer)
–discussion of South Congress parking study
7:50–Other committee & Sector updates & August GA meeting planning
Note: all meetings subject to change during current health regulations.
Currently meetings are arranged via Zoom meetings.
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
7:25—August GA meeting planning, who wants to volunteer to lead?
Note: All meetings subject to change during current health regulations. Meetings will be scheduled for virtual meetings currently. BCNA Meeting Schedules: BCNA General Association Meeting: 2ndTuesday, every other month BCNA Steering Committee Meeting: 1st Monday, each month
Virtual General Association Meeting Tuesday 06-09-2020 Hello neighbors, Please join the Bouldin Creek Neighborhood Association for a Virtual General Association meeting this Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 6:45 PM Central Time This Association Meeting will be via ZOOM an online video conferencing system. Bouldin Forum subscribers will receive notice and instructions via the forum. Non-Subscribers can join by selecting one of the following links and then e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org for the passcode” More Technical information below.
Agenda: –6:45–Welcome and discussion of virtual meeting. –6:55–Discussion of electronic newsletter and upcoming changes to BCNA online forum. –7:00–2020 BCNA budget discussion and vote. –7:15–1612 Newton St zoning variance review by GA. –7:20–Update on South Congress parking study. –7:25–Update on other neighborhood developments and ongoing land development code rewrites. –7:30–forum on Covid responses and issues. –7:45–adjourn
Thanks for your cooperation as we try new ways in changing times
Joining the General Association Meeting via Zoom: This meeting will be hosted using Zoom, an online video conferencing system. Bouldin Forum subscribers will receive notice and instructions via the forum. Non-Subscribers can join by selecting one of the following links and then e-mailing email@example.com for the passcode
Join via the Zoom app: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83992956209 Join via Phone: Dial 346-248-7799, and then enter 839 9295 6209 when prompted. Note that a passcode will be required when joining via the Zoom app or via phone.
All participants will be initially muted upon joining. If new to Zoom, you may wish to join early to allow a little extra time to handle any technical issues which might occur. We will open the virtual meeting room at 6:30 PM and will be providing guidance to those with technical issues until our meeting start time at 6:45 PM.
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.
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