District 7 Town Hall Meeting Results
Here are notes from a neighbor who attended Council Member Pool’s town hall on the new Land Development Code. There were two handouts (PDFs):
- All people there were against the code!
- Preserve our neighborhoods!
- A woman from RiverPlace (by 2222 near FM 620) talked – she asked that the process be slowed down. That area is getting hit HARD with the code changes. They are in a MAJOR wild fire hazard area, and the code does not provide an infrastructure to quickly evacuate the proposed amount of density.
- People asked for transparency & accountability.
- A builder spoke – stated that there was no way that a single family home lot in his neighborhood (Rosedale) could be converted to a multiplex & make a profit. The lots just will not accommodate such.
- He stated that the zoning does not take into consideration the differences in Austin neighborhoods & that one plan will NOT accommodate all of Austin!
- The city planning representative stated that they were following the mandate given by the council. That was the default response to a lot of questions.
- Heritage trees will continued to be preserved – but we all know how builders get around that.
- Affordable housing -They admitted that have no way of tracking if builders actually offer the number of affordable units promised & no enforcement. They are working on that.
- People stated that Single Family homes and multi-unit dwellings do not need to mix. Build areas with SF homes and areas with multi-unit homes, just not in the same place.
- Several people pointed out there there were empty business/abandoned dwellings in a transition area, that were not considered. Why not?
- District 6 has NO upzoning!
- I asked if this has been done in other city/what was the outcome. It has been done in Denver and Minneapolis is considering. Did not address outcome. (webmaster note: during the Oct. 10 meeting for neighborhoods, former Austin Planning Department head and planning expert Jim Duncan noted that Minneapolis has a much lower percentage of single family zoning than does Austin; it doesn’t make sense to compare the two cities.)
- Apparently there is a map available on Pool’s website where you can comment on and offer suggestions. Must be submitted by Nov 6
- Someone asked if it was worth our time to attend Saturday’s Planning Commission meeting. The planner on Leslie Pool’s team stated “most definitely – they need to hear your voice”.
- Several handout were given – One on Watershed Protection. The author – Caroline Reynolds, an Allandale resident – stated that Matt Hollon, the acting head of City of Austin’s Watershed Protection Dept, made it clear that he does not understand the causes & mitigation of flood. It is 2 page document.
- Constant changes to the code are being made.
- A 4 page report card on the code will be posted on Leslie Pool’s website, shortly.
- Probably missed a lot. More people need to get involved and understand what will happen to their property without their consent!
- A gentleman from Northwood spoke about flooding. While he was speaking cell phones went off with flood warnings! It seem to amuse the acting Head of City of Austin’s Watershed Protection Dept.
Call/email the Mayor and City Council:
www.austintexas.gov/contact-us has phone numbers, individual email addresses and the mailing address (consider sending postcards)
Map of proposed changes https://communitynotcommodity.com/do-you-live-in-a-transition-zone/
District 7 is hosting a town hall meeting on the new Land Development Code. City Planning staff will present the draft code text and maps and answer audience questions. Council Member Leslie Pool and her staff will be on hand to assist constituents.
City Planning staff will be available to meet with one on one during the meeting. For information about this town hall email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Council Member Pool’s office at 512.978.2107.
When: Thursday Oct. 24 from 6-8 PM
Where: Lamar Middle School, 6201 Wynona Avenue (map)
Can’t attend the October 24 meeting? There will be two other open houses.
Saturday, October 19, 2019
10AM to 2PM
Conley-Guerrero Senior Activity Center
808 Nile Street, Austin, TX 78702
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
6PM to 9PM
Austin Central Library
710 West Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, TX 78701
For additional information about the Oct. 4 version of the LDC, including a recording of a meeting for neighborhoods around Parmer/MoPac and the slides with details on the residential zoning categories, parking and more, see the post Oct 10 meeting for Parmer/MoPac neighborhoods