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.
update: Hearings scheduled
Per a mailed notice received March 26 (hearing notice), the Zoning and Platting meeting is scheduled for
April 2 May 7. Late on April 1 we were notified that Verizon requested a postponement of the April 2nd public hearing for the zoning ordinance to discuss staff’s proposed restrictions with the Church. The case will now be reviewed at the May 7th ZAP meeting. Letter requesting delay in ZAP meeting
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.
The City Council’s first reading – the only reading where the public can speak – is scheduled for April 25. Per the zoning notice, 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.
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.
The City of Austin is conducting the semi-annual bulk collection in our area. If you find yourself thinking about kicking that old TV to the curb, please consider recycling it instead. Goodwill does take electronics – list of items Goodwill can and cannot accept
You can find additional recycling sites by following these links:
Details on bulk collection
Per the city’s bulk collection page and schedule page
Bulk Items Include:
- Appliances (remove doors)
- Passenger car tires (remove rims; limit eight tires per household)
- Lawn mowers (remove gas/oil)
- Railroad ties (cut in half)
- Rolled fencing
- Nail-free lumber
Bulk Item Collection Crews Cannot Collect:
- Brush, household trash, cardboard boxes, hazardous materials, mirrors, automotive chassis and bodies, motorcycles, trailers, boats and tires that are still mounted on rims
- Sheet glass and other construction and remodeling debris
Separate Items into Three Piles
- Metal items – Includes appliances (remove doors). These are taken to our Resource Recovery Center for recycling
- Passenger car tires – Rims must be removed. Limit of eight tires per household. We cannot collect truck or tractor tires. Tires will go to a tire recycling facility
- Non-metal items – Includes carpeting and nail-free lumber. These items go to a landfill. Austin Resource Recovery is working on plans to salvage reusable items from bulk collection to help meet the City of Austin’s Zero Waste goal
CodeNEXT, the new City guide for future zoning and development in Austin, has been recently unveiled. District 7 Council Member Pool’s staff are holding a meeting on May 9 at the Milwood Library starting at 6:30 PM for the northern part of District 7 to discuss CodeNEXT and answer questions.
Link to Council Member Pool’s email about CodeNext (it contains the same links that are listed below and more).
Please review the information in the links below to learn about CodeNEXT and how it affects this part of Austin, and attend the May 9 meeting to ask questions and provide feedback.
This information was provided by the neighborhood’s police contact Officer Michael Whetston via Nextdoor.
Please come out for the Region II (Adam Sector) 2nd Quarter Commander’s Forum.The forum will be held at Lakeline Mall, located at 11200 Lakeline Mall Dr., (map) on April 14, 2015 at 6:30 pm. The space where the forum will be held is on the upper level across from the movie theater’s main entrance. Come and meet our new Region 2 Support Lieutenant, Lt. Kevin Leverenz, and new District Representative, Officer Frank Creasey. We hope to see you there and bring a friend!
Home page for Region 2 district representative, includes Police contact information and other area meetings: austintexas.gov/page/district-representatives-region-2
Home page for all Austin Police commanders’ forums www.austintexas.gov/department/commanders-forum
Northwood and nearby neighborhoods are in District 7; several candidates would like to represent us. www.austindistrict7.org/, which is run by District 7 residents unaffiliated with any candidate, has information on all of the candidates, issues, events (campaign kickoffs and more).
Not sure of your district? Type your address here: austintexas.gov/GIS/CouncilDistrictMap/