Category Archives: community involvement

CodeNEXT resources

Statesman site for coverage of CodeNEXT codenexthub.org/

Petition & other information from concerned citizens

IndyAustin indyaustin.org/ has the petition which we are circulating and more information
IndyAustin Facebook page

10/2017 Number of units and building height – Austin Monitor

9/2017 Slide deck of review of problems in CodeNext v2 (PDF)

9/28/17 comments on CodeNext Draft 2- worse than draft 1 (PDF)

Sept, 2017 article regarding activists plans to petition for a public vote  www.austinmonitor.com/stories/2017/09/longtime-austin-activists-team-up-to-petition-for-a-public-vote-on-codenext/

Information from City government regarding CodeNext

Oct 2017 proposed zoning maps by City Council district

Read chapters of the City of Austin draft Land Development Code (CodeNext) and add comments – codenext.civicomment.org/

Timeline as of Sept 2017 (PDF on city’s website)

CodeNext home page on City’s website

Northwood/NW corner July 4 parade

Join the Northwood / NW corner July 4 parade – all neighbors who live on this corner of Parmer/MoPac are invited to join the parade. We meet at 10 AM at the corner of Oak Creek Drive and Oak Creek Cove (west of Timberside). Bring flags, decorated bikes and marching music!

Parade route: from Oak Creek Cove, march down Oak Creek Drive to Manhaesset. Turn onto Manhasset, left onto Tamarack and right onto Poquoson. We’ll end the parade part way down on Poquoson in the front yard of some neighbors, where refreshments have been set up.

If you want to contribute to the refreshments, email northwoodna@gmail.com (purchases will be reimbursed).

CodeNEXT comments needed!

A number of Northwood neighbors and others from District 7 attended the May 9
CodeNEXT meeting with Council Member Pool and her staff to learn about the changes and ask questions. The speakers stressed that they want feedback now; changes have been made based on feedback.
To review the code and made comments go to codenext.civicomment.org/. The main CodeNEXT page is www.austintexas.gov/department/codenext. And side by side maps of current and proposed zoning are available at codenext.engagingplans.org/codenext-comparison-map?mc_cid=34c2a62560&mc_eid=e9880136d2

Please review the maps and look for any corrections. it was noted at the meeting that a section of Walnut Creek had been rezoned, when it should have remained open space. Please make comments on any topics on the website and provide any feedback.

A big concern

Code Next proposes a reduction in the required notification for public hearings for zonings and other development applications. Currently, notice is required to be mailed a minimum of 15 days prior to the public hearing. The code revisions reduce that period to 7 days. 7 days doesn’t provide enough time for an organized neighborhood response. As we all know, our response to the apartments took much longer to gather the petitions and other information. The best way to indicate your concerns about this is adding comments at  codenext.civicomment.org/

Additional observations

 The map is divided in to “transect zones” and “non-transect zones”, with most of the inner core located in the “transect zone”, which allows for higher density development. Our area is in the “non-transect zone”, which allows less dense projects than areas in the transect zone.

The changes for our area are minimal, and the apartments will not change. The one big change is setbacks for commercial properties, which shouldn’t impact us too much, but may impact development of two properties on the north side of Northwood, the KAHL property and the Fricke property if they were to go commercial. The compatibility standards are proposed to be reduced as well, which would allow for higher density development closer to the residential property lines.

The parking requirements for residential and commercial properties are being reduced, which could create parking problems for future developments.

The Robinson Ranch PUD is not impacted by Code Next, but the code does strengthen the connectivity requirements, pretty much guaranteeing that the two street stubs on Council Bluff will be connected to any new development to the north at some future date. If the Robinson Ranch property owners requested changes to the PUD, they would be through the new zoning code.

There are concerns about developing in floodplains in the Parmer/MoPac area and how that will affect nearby and downstream residential and commercial sites.

The Watershed Department added some code language regarding on site water detention for future projects, which should help mitigate any potential for increased flooding as property develops upstream. They also added some environmental controls that would require water quality ponds to treat the runoff for particulates and other debris, adding some protection for downstream properties. 

Please add comments; they are being reviewed and the maps are being updated.

Other information

CodeNEXT attempts to address affordability issues. austintexas.gov/codenext/housing?mc_cid=34c2a62560&mc_eid=e9880136d2

CodeNEXT (new zoning guide/maps) meeting with Council Member Pool’s office May 9

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.

  • Compare the current and proposed zoning changes  https://codenext.engagingplans.org/codenext-comparison-map
  • Review the text of the Land Development Code https://codenext.civicomment.org/.Per this page,”CodeNEXT is the new City of Austin initiative to revise the Land Development Code, which determines how land can be used throughout the city – including what, where, and how much can be built.
    The draft Land Development Code will be edited based on the comments you provide on this site, in our public meetings, and through other feedback mechanisms. For more information and for other ways to get involved, please visit our website: austintexas.gov/codenext.”
  • Home page of CodeNEXT www.austintexas.gov/CodeNEXT

 

Balcones Park redesign plans discussed at 2 meetings

This information is from  the Milwood Neighborhood Assn website

Our dedicated landscape designers have been working hard using your feedback to come up with two potential site layouts for our new playground and pavilion. Two meetings will be held to discuss in detail both concept plans and gather final feedback on which option our community prefers along with other details. We hope you can join us!

– Thurs., Feb. 9 at 7pm at Milwood Baptist Church 
(map; from Amherst turn right onto Cassady; the church will be on the right side at the corner of Cassady and Coronet)
– Sat., Feb. 11 at 10 am at Milwood Baptist Church 
(child care MAY be available; **There is a chance that we will be able to provide childcare Saturday meeting so please let us know if you need it and would attend by RSVPing.)

RSVP here

If you cannot make one of the meetings, we hope to also make voting available online & at the library, but the meetings do allow for more details viewings, questions and feedback so we highly recommend trying to attend one of the meetings if you can. If you can’t attend, sign up here to get notified about an online survey.

Special thanks to our three amazing designers, Kristy Street, Neal Charles (a Northwood Neighbor), & Kim Gilbertson, for all of their hard work and dedication to this project. It is very much appreciated!!

Vote for Best Holiday Yards through 12/24

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 24.

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

Balcones Park Project Community Input Meetings

Join us at…
A Community Input Meeting for
BALCONES DISTRICT PARK IMPROVEMENTS

Dates & Times:
Saturday**, Aug. 13th at 9:30am
Tuesday, Aug. 16th at 7:30pm

Location:
Milwood Baptist Church
(Corner of Cassady & Cabana)

About the Project:
Balcones Park has been awarded $200,000 in NPP & APF grants and an additional estimated $300,000 in city funds to make the following improvements to Balcones Park within the next two years.
– Add shade to the pool
– Install a pavilion
– Install a new, larger playground

Due to the large scope of the projects and funding, the city requires a park concept plan with community input before implementing these improvements. We have been very fortunate to have 3 landscape designers, Neal Charles, Kim Gilbertson, and Kristy Street, willing to donate their time to create a concept plan for the park which allows the project to move forward full-steam ahead after we acquire solid feedback from stakeholders, like yourselves.

Community Input:
Community input is imperative in this process! We need your ideas! Please come participate, share your ideas, and help shape our wonderful park. Your input is necessary for creating a long-term vision for our park as well as for solidifying the details of the three large improvements listed above.

RSVP at:
www.balconespark.org
balconespark@gmail.com or 512-636-9176

** Supervised play will be available for children over the age of three at the church’s gated playground for theAugust 13th meeting. Children are welcome at the meeting as well. Please RSVP above if you plan to have a child attend that needs supervision so we can be certain we can accommodate you.

If you can’t make one of the face-to-face meetings, we hope to have an online survey posted shortly so send us an email at BALCONESPARK@GMAIL.COM to make sure you are on the email list.

Garage Sale May 14, 2016

The spring Northwood Neighborhood Garage Sale is Saturday May 14 beginning at 8 AM, rain or shine (the weekend after Mother’s Day).

For shoppers

Northwood is located at the NW corner of Parmer and MoPac. From MoPac SB, exit Parmer Lane and turn right on Oak Creek, next to MoPac Self Storage. From Parmer/MoPac, turn right at the first street (Tamarack Trail) or the second street / second traffic light (Silver Creek Drive)  map.

Drive the streets carefully – watch for shoppers and children.

For neighbors who are selling

Place the for sale items in your driveway or garage; shoppers will drive the streets. Tip: if you live on a side street, consider putting a “sales here” sign on the main street – sometimes shoppers won’t drive all of our streets.

We will advertise in the Statesman, Craigs List and Nextdoor. If you are selling, please either place $2 in an envelope with your name and address in the Association mailbox at 4507 Tamarack Trail (the Association mailbox is on the post of the home’s mailbox) or pay  online via PayPal  The $2 helps pay for the Statesman ad.

Unsold items? Save a trip to Goodwill and help the Anderson HS Dance Guard (part of the marching band) raise money for their Winter Guard season. Email Guard mom Lori Baze at baze@aegisgroupinc.com and include “Anderson Dance Guard” in the subject line. Include your address and an Easter Seals truck will visit your home starting at 2:00 to pick up your remaining items.

April 12 TDHCA Housing Tax Credits meeting results

On April 12 the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, the agency that manages the Housing Tax Credits application process and awards, held a hearing in Austin to gather comments from individuals and groups about projects that have applied for housing tax credits, including the apartments planned for Oak Creek Drive.

TDHCA Finance Director Marni Holloway opened the meeting by stating that the purpose was to gather public comments for the TDHCA board (none of the board members were present). All comments were recorded; attendees were asked to sign in and indicate if they were in favor of, opposed to or neutral on a specific project.

About 20 Northwood neighbors traveled to the hearing that was held at 1701 Congress at 6 PM. Three neighbors, including two of the officers, spoke against the apartments, describing the concerns and dangers of additional traffic, poor and unsafe location for apartment residents (close to the train, distant from grocery and other businesses), increased flooding risk and the issues with the geology of the land (karst – probable underground voids may make it too costly to build multistory buildings).

Place 6 Council Member Zimmerman was present and spoke. He shared some of his objections to the process: to award the housing tax credits the TDHCA has developed a scoring system. The builders can get points by meeting certain criteria but if a neighborhood opposes the project, there is no way to deduct points. And if the City Council endorses the project, that adds points but if the City Council objects, no points are removed.

Many thanks to all who made the trip to the hearing – here’s an after meeting photo of some of the neighbors who made the trip (others had already departed).neighbors after TDHCA hearingc

Contact TDHCA by June 12!

If you have not yet done so, please email Multifamily Finance Division Director Marni Holloway, marni.holloway@tdhca.state.tx.us and Competitive Housing Tax Credit Administrator Sharon Gamble,  sharon.gamble@tdhca.state.tx.us to express your opposition.

We are tracking the number of emails; please notify northwoodtreasurer@gmail.com – either cc that address  when you send the email to Ms. Holloway and Ms. Gamble or send a separate email.

When writing the mail, please include the following:

  1. Use the subject line “Opposition to Elysium Park, application number 16161.”
  2. Include your home address.
  3.  Let them know you are against the proposed housing development Elysium Park, application number 16161 at 3300 Oak Creek Dr in Austin, TX.  Let them know the site is not appropriate for apartments; include as much detail as you wish. Ask them to not grant the tax credits to this project.

Details you may want to mention include:  the location is unsuitable because of possible increases in flooding nearby and downstream, this part of Austin geology sits on limestone and karst which often has caves and underground voids; this geology would not be suitable for heavy multi story buildings. Additionally, there are only 2 usable streets to enter and exit this area; apartments would add more traffic to the nearly 860 homes that already use these two streets.

Balcones Park improvement fundraiser

Balcones Park has been granted $200,000 from the Austin Parks Foundation & Neighborhood Partnering Program. However, to receive these grants a cash match of $15,000 must be raised.

These grants  will be allow a shade structure at the pool, a covered concrete pavilion and 9 picnic tables to be installed. Any extra funds will allow even more improvements, such as an improved playground, a dog park and repairs to the creek trail.

Every $1 donated earns $13 for the park, so please make a donation of any size today!

Donations of $50 or more will receive a yard sign to show their support of the Park. For questions or to discuss your donation options, email balconespark@gmail.com or call 512.293.2434.

Learn more and donate to the park