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Northwood general meeting Jan 23 2020

All neighbors are invited to the Northwood 2020 General meeting on January 23 at the Milwood Library, from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM. We will elect officers and discuss neighborhood business. If you are interested in becoming an officer or want more details about what is involved, email any of the officers at northwoodpresident@gmail.com, northwoodvicepresident@gmail.com, northwoodtreasurer@gmail.com, northwoodsecretary@gmail.com

As a reminder, 2020 annual dues of $20 are due. There are two ways to pay:

  • through PayPal (with a credit card if you don’t have a PayPal account)
  • by check payable to Northwood Neighborhood Assn. Either bring it to the meeting or mail it to 6001 W. Parmer Suite 370-314, Austin, TX 78727

We will also have a presentation (approximately 45 minutes) by Austin Energy on solar panels. After completing the course, customers are eligible for a $2,500 rebate to apply toward a qualified solar energy system installation.

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

Oct 24: District 7 Town Hall on Land Development Code: results

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):

flyer for people living in or near a transition zone  – flyer from Allendale resident about concerns and causes of flooding

  • 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:
https://www.austintexas.gov/email/all-council-members

www.austintexas.gov/contact-us has phone numbers, individual email addresses and the mailing address (consider sending postcards)

additional information

Map of proposed changes https://communitynotcommodity.com/do-you-live-in-a-transition-zone/

Original information

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 kayla.simon@austintexas.gov 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

 

 

 

General meeting, solar energy systems speaker rescheduled in January

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Oct. 1 general meeting is being rescheduled for sometime in January. We’ll have officer elections, briefly cover other 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  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

 

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
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.

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 sherri.sirwaitis@austintexas.gov 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 northwoodna@gmail.com if you are attending and willing to donate time to a speaker.

Parking

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.

Carpooling

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).

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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.