Some of the neighborhood speakers at the Feb. 11 meeting regarding the affordable housing resolution received this email dated February 16 from Council Member Pool’s office.
“Since you reached out to our office regarding the proposed Elysium Park project, I wanted to keep you in the loop regarding any updates on this item.
“As you may know, these processes often take place over the course of many months and offer numerous opportunities for public comment and engagement — and I will keep you updated regarding any such opportunities.
“Currently, Saigebrook Development is seeking to apply to the state for affordable housing tax credits. This process is very competitive and state criteria often functionally favor proposals in cities that are outside the City of Austin. As part of that application process, the City Council listened to public comment on the request for support for affordable housing on February 11 and approved that request. Council discussion on this particular item was limited to affordable housing and did not consider land use issues such as traffic, density, environmental concerns, etc.
“If Saigebrook Development receives the tax credits, it will then likely seek to re-zone the property from its current industrial zoning to some type of residential zoning. At that point, professional staff from city departments would have a chance to examine the land use aspects of this proposal for issues. And, as with any such project, our office’s staff would work on these issues at every available opportunity and ensure that all voices are brought to the table.
“It is unclear at this point whether this proposal will make it as far as a land use discussion, but either way I will continue to try to keep you looped in on any updates regarding this item.
“Thank you again for reaching out to our office on this item – please do not hesitate to continue to contact us at District7@AustinTexas.gov.
Michael J. Gaudini
Council Member Leslie Pool