Northwood/NW Corner Spring Garage Sale May 4

The Spring garage sale for Northwood and other neighborhoods at the northwest corner of Parmer and MoPac starts at 8 AM on May 4, rain or shine! We’ll have a map of garage sale addresses here  (address link removed).

 

For neighbors:

We’ll advertise the sale on NextDoor, Facebook and Craig’s’ List. All of those listings will include a link to this post; we’ll add a map with addresses and item categories for sale (ex: children’s clothing, furniture, books).
There is no cost for this, though please consider paying your dues if you haven’t yet done so ($20 for the year). Pay online https://northwoodna.com/about-nna/pay-dues/

Register here by May 3 to have your address included on our map.

Easter Egg Hunt April 7

Northwood will be holding this year’s Easter egg hunt at Balcones District Park (corner of Amherst and Duval) on Sunday, April 7 at 1:30. The rain date is Sunday April 14, same time. Check NextDoor or Facebook for updates if the skies look (or are) rainy.

April 6 update: due to the weather, we’ve rescheduled the egg hunt for April 14 at 1:30 at Balcones District Park.

There’s no charge if Northwood Association dues for 2018 are paid, $3 per child if dues have not been paid.  Pay dues

Zoning change requested for cell phone tower by Parmer

At the end of January 2019 neighbors with property adjoining the United Christian Church  that at 3500 W Parmer received a mailed notice the UCC had requested a zoning change to allow a Verizon cell phone tower — a 100 ft tall monopole  and supporting equipment within 840 square feet — since the current zoning doesn’t allow sufficient height.

The Permit/Case number is 2019-009809ZC; the case details are available at the City’s zoning public search site (the home page for the public search is https://abc.austintexas.gov/web/permit/public-search-other?reset=true). The  zoning case document (PDF) shows that the planned site is on the church property close to Parmer.

A number of nearby neighbors expressed concerns on both our Facebook group and on NextDoor. Our Zoning Chair emailed the church to asked the church for a meeting but never heard back from them. He also discussed the project with some of the concerned neighbors, but no formal action has been taken regarding the zoning change.

A public Zoning & Platting meeting will be scheduled; as of this writing (3/16/19) the date has not been set.

Neighborhood meeting with UCC

United Christian Church and representatives from Vincent Gerard & Associates have agreed to meet with the Northwood and Preston Oaks neighborhood to hear our concerns. The meeting will take place at United Christian Church on Thursday, May 16th at 6:30pm.

update: Hearings scheduled

Per a mailed notice received March 26 (hearing notice), the Zoning and Platting meeting has been rescheduled for April 2 May 21 June 4.  The case is scheduled for the May 21 ZAP meeting per a letter requesting delay in ZAP meeting. NextDoor will have the latest updates.

ZAP meetings begin at 6 PM, there is no way to know when this case will be heard. ZAP meetings are at City Hall, Council Chamber unless otherwise listed. 2019 meeting schedule with agendas.  If you wish to share your opinion with the ZAP Commission, print and fill out the comment page and mail it ASAP as indicated on that form.

We will update this post once we learn the date of the City Council’s first reading – the only reading where the public can speak. The Council will meet at City Hall Council Chambers, the reading will be at or after 2 PM. If you wish to speak on this (or any other) topic, you must register ahead of time.

Vote for holiday yard of the month through 12/26

It’s that time of year to vote for your – and your children’s –  favorite holidays yard decorations. Enjoy the lights and choose your favorite Holiday Lights and Children’s Choice through December 26.

How to vote? There are 3 ways – just include the voter’s name and the address of the house that gets their vote:

  • complete the voting form on this site OR
  • email northwoodna@gmail.com OR
  • write your name and the address that gets your vote on paper and drop it in the Association mailbox at 4507 Tamarack. The Association mailbox is on the post of the regular US mailbox (do not put it in the regular mailbox).

Questions? email northwoodna@gmail.com

Northwood Fall Garage Sale Oct 13

The Northwood Fall garage sale starts at 8 AM on October 13, rain or shine! Northwood is located at the northwest corner of Parmer/MoPac. Here’s a map of garage sale addresses;  click or tap on an address  to see what is for sale (link removed).

For neighbors:

We’ll advertise the sale on NextDoor, Facebook and Craig’s’ List. All of those listings will include a link to this post; we’ll add a map with addresses and item categories for sale (ex: children’s clothing, furniture, books).

Register here by Oct. 12 to have your address and for sale items included on our map.

Condos rezoning neighborhood meeting

A neighborhood meeting was held on July 30. The two items on the agenda were updates on the apartments and information about the planned condos project which will replace the home at 3503 Oak Creek Drive, which is on 1.2 acres.

Minutes of the meeting, including details on the condos

The condo developer team attended the meeting and described their project – up to 12 condos in 6 buildings, all will be 1800 sf 3 bedroom 2 bath, no balconies with a 1 car garage. Their target buyers are either empty nesters or singles/couples without children, probably high tech workers at the Domain. The estimated starting price is $400,000, and the anticipated project completion will be within 24 months. There will be some guest parking, no swimming pool or private yards. A Condo Owners Association will maintain the landscaping. They shared a conceptual design, which is subject to change.

Northwood is in favor of this project, and expects the zoning change to pass. To protect Northwood against unexpected changes, we requested some items be added to a Conditional Overlay, which would become part of the zoning and hence enforceable by the City. The developer declined all of our ideas.

To increase our chances of getting a Conditional Overlay, we are asking owners of property within 200 ft of the project to sign a Valid Petition. If at least 20% of the eligible owners sign the Valid Petition, at least 9 of 11 the City Council must vote to approve the zoning change (hopefully with the CO).

The most important items to neighbors which can be addressed by a CO are hooded lighting, a maximum of 25 ft in height (code allows 35 ft) and sufficient setback from adjoining properties (the required setback is 25 ft; we’d prefer at least 30 ft”. Other important items – sidewalks and trees – are addressed by the SF-6 zoning.

We need people to attend the Zoning and Platting meeting, Aug 7 at City Hall starting at 6 PM (don’t know when our case will be heard). Having enough people there will show ZAP that we really want the CO and may encourage them to recommend it to the City Council. Updates will be posted on NextDoor.

SF-6 Rezoning Plans for 3503 Oak Creek updates

Background

The house located at 3503 Oak Creek (next to St. Francis Anglican Church), which includes 1.2 acres of land, was bought by a developer who plans to raze the existing house and build condos on that tract. To do this, he will have to get the zoning changed from SF-2 to SF-6. Changing zoning requires meeting with the Zoning and Platting Commission on August 7 at 6 PM and then the City Council must vote. The first of 3 readings – the only time the public can comment – is scheduled for August 30.
City planning staff support the change to SF-6. Since city planning staff support the project, the Association expects that City Council will approve it.

8/30/18 update: zoning changed to SF-6

The City Council passed the zoning on all 3 readings. Council Member Pool’s office committed to helping us with crafting a restrictive covenant since City Legal did not agree with our conditional overlay request.

8/8/18 update: ZAP meeting result

Result of the 8/7/18 ZAP meeting: they recommended the zoning change from SF-2 to SF-6 with a Conditional Overlay that prohibits parking behind the buildings. Most of the other items that we requested were not included in the Conditional Overlay as they are (currently) in the SF-6 requirements. (Conditional Overlays can add specific zoning requirements and limits, and violations can be enforced by the City. Restrictive covenants are private agreements; the City does not enforce them.)  Legal is reviewing the CO and may determine that the item is not appropriate for a CO. A recording of the meeting is available.

ZAP only can recommend a particular action for a zoning case; City Council decides. There are 3 readings; the public can speak only at the first reading. The first reading for this rezoning is set for August 30. We plan to attend the City Council meeting to be sure our concerns regarding a conditional overlay are heard. All neighbors are encouraged to attend; we will send updates when we know the time and more via NextDoor.

7/26/18 Current development plans (subject to change)

The developer described the project and answered questions at the general neighborhood meeting July 30 6:30 PM at the Milwood Library. Meeting details

The Association officers and zoning committee met with the developer and his team on July 21. He stated he plans to build 10-12 condos in 5 or 6 buildings. Each building will have 2 units that will share a wall. He intends to sell them to individuals. Each condo will be 1,800 sq ft with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths and no more than 2 levels with a max roof height of 35 ft. They will have small private yards and at least a one car garage. There will be common space and guest parking but no swimming pool. As required by SF-6, the building will be set back 25 ft. from the edge of the property.

Diagram of Initial draft plan (PDF)  This is a very preliminary plan that may change significantly.

Neighborhood current response

Since we expect that this zoning chance will be approved, we have requested a number of items be added to a Conditional Overlay for the proposed zoning change. Conditional Overlay conditions are enforceable by the City. We have asked for the following CO items simply to protect Northwood in case there are any significant changes as the project progresses. The developer and his team are reviewing our requests and will consult with City staff.

  • 50’ building setback from all residential properties (SF-6 requires 25 ft)
  • Buildings not to exceed two stories or 25 feet in height
  • No parking between any setbacks and residential properties
  • Decorative Boundary wall along Oak Creek
  • Community trash, recycling and other refuse collection containers must be located along eastern property line
  • All exterior lighting shall be hooded to limit impact on residential properties
  • Decorative masonry wall abutting all residential properties
  • Garages will be limited to front entry only
  • No balconies facing residential properties

As a precaution, we are gathering signatures for a Valid Petition to show our concerns about the project. Only signatures of adjacent property owners are accepted for a Valid Petition. If we get signatures of property owners from 20% of the surrounding land, then instead of a simple majority vote to approve the zoning changes with a CO, 9 of 11 City Council members must vote for it.

 

 

July 4 parade

Join Northwood neighbors to celebrate July 4: decorate bikes or wagons, bring flags and meet at Oak Creek Cove (just west of Timberside) at 10:00 AM. We will walk/bike to Manhasset (side street past Silver Creek) then turn left onto Tamarack and right onto Poquoson. The parade ends in the middle of Poquoson  where refreshments will be available, courtesy of neighbors and the Neighborhood Association. Join us to celebrate the 4th and meet neighbors!

Tree Trimming by Austin Energy

Our Neighborhood Association President received a certified letter from Austin Energy dated April 25, 2 018 (read the letter, PDF) advising us that contractors will soon be pruning and removing trees from near the electric lines. They will try to notify property owners ahead of time.

The letter also explains that that property owners may request the following actions from Austin Energy and its Contract personnel.

  • You may request an on-site meeting with a Contractor representative to review the proposed tree work
  • You may request an on-site meeting with an Austin Energy employee to discuss the proposed tree work
  • You may request to have a third party present during the meetings
  • You may request modifications to the proposed tree work
  • You may request to not have trees removed on your property
  • You may request to be present when the tree work is performed
  • You will receive a written work plan (VWP) documenting the final plan for your property
  • You may request pricing on potential electric system modification to minimize or reduce tree work

For questions or concerns, contact Craig Stoughton at (512) 505-7546.

Northwood Neighborhood Garage Sale May 5

The Northwood spring garage sale is May 5, rain or shine! Located at the northwest corner of Parmer/MoPac. Here’s a map of garage sale addresses (link removed after the sale); click on an address  to see what is for sale.

For neighbors:

We’ll advertise the sale on NextDoor, Facebook and Craig’s’ List. All of those listings will include a link to this post; we’ll add a map with addresses and item categories for sale (ex: children’s clothing, furniture, books).

Register here by May 3 to have your address and for sale items included on our map.