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General meeting, solar energy systems speaker Oct 1

Join us at the Milwood Library at 6:30 PM on October 1. We’ll cover some current neighborhood topics and then turn the meeting over to a speaker from Austin Energy’s renewable solutions group who will talk about solar energy systems and
answer questions. After completing the course, customers are eligible for a $2,500 rebate to apply toward a qualified solar energy system installation.

Their topics include:

Module I: Introduction

  1. Renewable Energy Subscription Options
  2. Key Vocabulary Terms
  3. Energy Efficiency
  4. Understanding the Value of Solar Rate

Module II: System Design

  1. Site Selection
  2. Sizing
  3. Equipment

Module III: Shopping for Solar

  1. Comparing Proposals
  2. Federal Tax Credit
  3. Austin Energy Rebate
  4. Choosing a Solar Company
  5. Important Documentation
  6. Additional Resources

General meeting Jan 13, 2018

The general meeting is January 13, 2017 from 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM at the Milwood Library on Amherst Drive. We will elect officers and discuss other issues.  The Vice President position is open. If you wish to run for office, please contact any of the officers.

You can also pay dues at the meeting.

There are other ways to become involved; if you want to help keep Northwood a great place to live, just contact one of the officers.

Please join us!

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
  • Review the text of the Land Development Code 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:”
  • Home page of CodeNEXT


Jan. 12 General Meeting

The general meeting is January 12, 2017 from 7:00 PM – 8:45 PM at the Milwood Library on Amherst Drive. We will elect officers, talk about other issues and discuss creating a Neighborhood Watch. Police officer Hank Moreno will join us to describe the neighborhood watch and answer questions.

Please join us!

If you wish to run for office, please contact any of the officers. You can also pay dues at the meeting. There are other ways to become involved; if you want to help keep Northwood a great place to live, just contact one of the officers.


Balcones Park Project Community Input Meetings

Join us at…
A Community Input Meeting for

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

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: 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.

Meeting: Apartments update June 20

Please attend the neighborhood June 20 meeting at the United Christian Church, 3500 W. Parmer. The doors will be open at 6:00, the official meeting is from 6:30 – 7:00. We arranged it like this so neighbors who are coming home around 6:00 but can’t stay until 6:30 can stop by and get an update.

At the meeting we will get everyone up to date on the current status of the project, expectations of what will happen over the next several weeks, some basic strategies for continuing the opposition, what the everyone can do and when (such as the most effective time to email Council Member Leslie Pool).

Hope to see you there!

Attend Apts. Zoning and Platting hearing May 17

The Zoning & Platting Commission public meeting is scheduled for May 3  May 17 at 6 PM at Austin City Hall,  Cesar Chavez and South 1st St, Austin, TX 78701 (map). It has been rescheduled from May 3.

On May 17 after both the developer and the neighborhood present their reasons for and against the rezoning, the Z&P Commissioners will vote on this rezoning application. May 17 meeting agenda and details page – agenda (all cases) – staff report and recommendation on the rezoning (PDF)

Once the Z&P decides, the case goes to the City Council. The Council decides to grant or deny the rezoning. The earliest Council meeting where the case may be heard is mid June; we will update with details when we have them.

Even if the Zoning & Platting Commissioners vote against the rezoning, it goes to the City Council; with a negative vote from Zoning & Platting, the City Council must pass by 75% vote rather than a simple majority.

We need EVERYONE to attend on May 17 and show opposition to the rezoning! You can simply be there to show opposition, sign up to speak for 3 minutes if you wish or sign up and donate your 3 minutes to another speaker. We will be in the lobby with tree tags to identify everyone who is attending to oppose the rezoning.

If you are unable to attend (and even if you are), please contact Sherri Sirwaitis of the Planning & Zoning Department. She can be reached by email or phone. Her email is and phone number is 512-974-3057. Please refer to Case # C14-2016-0023.SH.

Z&P hearing procedures

The Commission shall use the following order of procedure for public hearings:

  1. Chair announces requests
  2. Staff presents a summary of the case
  3. Chair calls on those favoring the request
    1. Applicant’s presentation five (5) minutes each
    2. Others favoring the request three (3) minutes each
    3. The names of anyone favoring the request who did not sign in to speak are read into the record
  4. Chair calls on those opposing the request
    1. Primary presentation five (5) minutes
    2. Others opposing the request three (3) minutes each
      A speaker may donate time to another speaker if he or she is present when the speaker begins to address the Commission. No speaker can testify for over fifteen (15) minutes without the consent of the Commission.
    3. The names of anyone opposing the request who did not sign in to speak are read into the record.
  5. Applicant is given an opportunity to answer objections stated three (3) minutes
  6. Staff summation and questions from the Commission
  7. A vote is taken to close the public hearing and no further testimony is taken from the public.
  8. Speaking times in any of the above instances may be extended by the Chair without objection of the Commission.

The officers and Zoning Committee chair will speak and would appreciate others signing up to speak and donating their time; if you wish to speak; be sure to sign in. Please email if you are attending and willing to donate time to a speaker.


City Hall is between Guadalupe and Lavaca. There is parking under City Hall, the entrance is on the west side (Guadalupe) which can be validated by a City staff member.


if you are need a ride or are driving from Northwood and can carry neighbors, please call our carpool coordinator Lynn, 512.341-8989. (Provide your name, phone number and address and if you are driving or need a ride) Another option: comment on NextDoor under the Zoning hearing carpooling post. Include if you need a ride or are driving (allow at least 45-60 minutes to reach City Hall from Northwood).

Tip: to find that post again, bookmark it. To show your bookmarked posts, click the dropdown by your name in the top right corner.dropdown display for adding a bookmark or sending a private message on NextDoor

Details about Rezoning Process

For details about the rezoning process, read the minutes of the April 9 general meeting



April 9 Neighborhood meeting

Want to learn the latest on the apartments and other topics? Attend the Northwood Neighborhood Association’s meeting on Saturday April 9 at the United Christian Church, 3500 W. Parmer (just east of Tamarack).  We begin at 1:00. Residents of nearby neighborhoods are also invited.

We will cover general business, discuss the latest on the requested rezoning of the undeveloped section of Oak Creek to MF4 so that apartments can be built (see the apartments links for details), accept dues payments and donations to the legal and research fund, and talk about ways that everyone can get involved.

Representatives from Council Member Leslie Pool’s office will be present to answer questions.