CodeTALKS Exploring Compatibility June 12 and 14

The following information has been received from the City of Austin:

CodeTALKS in June to explore approaches on Compatibility

Q: What is compatibility?
A: “A state in which two things are able to exist or occur together without problems or conflict.”

How does Austin strike a balance between new development and the protection of existing neighborhood character?

Join us for “CodeTALK: Exploring Compatibility” – a discussion on how the development community, neighborhoods, land use planners, and other Austinites view compatibility and its impact on what we care most about in our community. We’ll explore what’s working and not working with compatibility in Austin’s Land Development Code, and consider the best practices and tools used by other cities.

One discussion – two choices of dates. Bring your questions and ideas!

Thursday, June 12
8 am – 10 am (Registration begins at 7:30 am)
Palmer Events Center, Meeting Rooms 3-5, 900 Barton Springs Road, Austin

Saturday, June 14
9 am – Noon (Registration begins at 8:30 am)
Palmer Events Center, Meeting Rooms 3-5, 900 Barton Springs Road, Austin
RSVPs requested by June 11. Everyone who registers will receive some information in advance of the session.
To register, visit codetalk-compat.eventbite.com/

CodeTALKS are a series of community conversations on the key issues identified in the Land Development Code Diagnosis. At least four of the top 10 issues directly or indirectly affect compatibility in Austin. Visit www.austintexas.gov/codenext to learn more.

NORTH CENTRAL AUSTIN STUDY AREA INFORMATIONAL MEETING AND DISCUSSION JUNE 5

The City of Austin planning staff will host a public meeting:

THURSDAY, JUNE 5, 2014
6:30 – 8:00 PM
LAMAR MIDDLE SCHOOL CAFETERIA
6201 WYNONA AVE, AUSTIN, TX 78757

AGENDA:
6:30 PM Introductions

6:40 PM Presentation of proposed North Central Austin Study Area Planning Process by Planning and Development Review Staff

7:00 PM Q&A

The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the proposed planning process for the North Central Austin Study Area with the stakeholders from the directly involved neighborhoods, including North Shoal Creek.
The following details were received by email from Mr. Mark Walters, Principal Planner in the City Planning and Development Review Department, who spoke at the March NSCNA meeting about the process for Neighborhood Plans:

In response to community concerns over the proposed planning process for the North Central Austin Study Area, at the May 22nd City Council Meeting Council Member Laura Morrison pulled the resolution initiating the planning process from the agenda and directed staff to hold a meeting to gauge community interest in the proposed planning process. Council Member Laura Morrison is scheduled to be in attendance on Thursday and invitations will be extended to the other Council offices. Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole and Council Members Chris Riley and Cathy Tovo also expressed interest in this community discussion. The resolution was postponed until the Council’s June 12th meeting.

The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the proposed planning process for the North Central Austin Study Area with the stakeholders from the directly involved neighborhoods. The study area was recommended for several reasons:
• The Planning and Development Review Department has made a commitment to the City Council to provide all neighborhood planning areas an opportunity to engage in the planning process. Within the study area there are three neighborhood planning areas that have not had that opportunity: Rosedale, Allandale, and North Shoal Creek;
• With all of the changes that have and are expected to occur along Burnet Road (and to a lesser degree Anderson Lane) this planning process presents an opportunity to look at these roadways in a more comprehensive fashion to develop a community-based vision and recommendations for land use, transportation, urban design, open space and parks, as well as other issues that are identified through the planning process;
• This process will provide an opportunity to update the Crestview/Wooten Combined Neighborhood Plan and the Brentwood/Highland Combined Neighborhood Plan based on recommendations generated during the corridor studies;
• Capital Metro will soon initiate MetroRapid bus service along Burnet Road and this process will allow planning in coordination with new transportation infrastructure.

Given the changes occurring in this part of Austin, the proposed planning process could be a unique opportunity to complete plans for neighborhoods without plans, address a rapidly changing area of our city, update aging plans, as well as plan in coordination with new transportation improvements.

We hope you are able to join us on Thursday to be part of the conversation- we look forward to discussing this project with you, as well as hearing your questions.

If you have additional questions about this proposed planning process prior to our meeting, please contact:

Mark Walters, Principle Planner
512-974-7695
mark.walters [at] austintexas [dot] gov

Jenn Todd, Senior Planner
512-974-7659
jennifer.todd [at] austintexas [dot] gov

The North Central Austin Study Area includes the North Shoal Creek, Wooten, Crestview, Allandale, Rosedale, Brentwood and Highland Neighborhoods.

CODENEXT CODE DIAGNOSIS MEETING MAY 19

The City of Austin CodeNEXT team will present a Code Diagnosis presentation:

When: Monday, May 19, 2014, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Location: Penn Field, Building C, 3601 S. Congress Ave.

The announced purpose is to present and discuss “Code Diagnosis,” a review of the current land development code. Leading the presentation will be consultant Dan Parolek of Opticos Design Inc.

The meeting is also referred to as CRACKING THE CODE: Revealing the major issues with Austin’s Land Development Code

Earlier this month, the CodeNEXT team released the “Code Diagnosis” report which is available on the website www.austintexsas.gov/codenext by selecting “Reports & Documents.”
Also available on the website is the “Listening to the Community Report.”

You’ll also get the first look at the “Community Character in a Box,” the do-it-yourself community mapping and photo documentation effort underway. See highlights from neighborhoods that have participated so far, and learn more about how you can get involved.

CODENEXT COMMUNITY CHARACTER IN A BOX PHOTOGRAPHS

Following the CodeNEXT Neighborhood Workshop on February 11 (See earlier posting), a few members took some 176 photographs and submitted them to the City CodeNEXT team for the North Shoal Creek Neighborhood Community Character in a Box.
All photos submitted can be viewed at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/119725136@N06/sets/
To view photos for North Shoal Creek, then select the Photo for North Shoal Creek 58.
Or, they may be viewed directly at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/119725136@N06/sets/72157642650097215/

The deadline for submitting photos for the initial Community Character Manual was April 21.  However, photos may continue to accept submittals but they will be incorporated into the next version of the Community Character Manual later this year.  Photos should be JPG at least l meg file size.  Photos for North Shoal Creek should be emailed to: upload.58_A.a256ugp525 [at] u [dot] box [dot] com with a copy to media [at] nscna [dot] org .  For additional information concerning photos send an email to: media [at] nscna [dot] org .

Additional information concerning CodeNEXT is available at: http://www.austintexas.gov/codenext

 

FREE HOUSEHOLD PAPER SHRED DAY MAY 17

The Austin chapter of ARMA International is sponsoring their 11th annual free SPRING Shred Day:
When: Saturday. May 17, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Austin High School parking lot, 1715 W. Cesar Chavez.
With the increased awareness of identity theft, it’s important to carefully dispose of personal records. Households can bring up to five boxes of paper records per household. All of the shredded material is recycled. Please make sure your records are paper only. Mobile shredding trucks will be provided by Balcones Resources, Cintas, and Iron Mountain.

ARMA International is a not-for-profit professional association and the authority on governing information as a strategic asset.

Monetary donations will be accepted with a portion of the proceeds going to ARMA Austin and the Capital Area Food Bank.

NSCNA GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING, May 6, 2014

The next General Membership Meeting of the North Shoal Creek Neighborhood Association will be held:

When: Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.
Where: Pillow Elementary School Cafeteria, 3025 Crosscreek Drive.

The agenda will include:
*Tax Appraisal Questions & Answers with tax office representative
*Shoal Creek Conservancy presentation and opportunities for participation
*Potential land development code revisions by City of Austin
*Upcoming events: July 4th celebration

Minutes for the March 4 meeting are posted on this website under Minutes.

NORTH SHOAL CREEK NEIGHBORHOOD GARAGE SALE MAY 3

The annual Neighborhood Garage Sale hosted by the North Shoal Creek Neighborhood Association is scheduled for Saturday, May 3, 2014, from 8 am to 1 pm. Participation is FREE; there is no fee to register your garage sale.

Plan your garage sale for that date, then register your sale by email to garagesale [at] nscna [dot] org or call 512-364-5519 with your name and address of the sale.

North Shoal Creek Neighborhood Association will:
• Advertise the Neighborhood Garage Sale.
• Post NSCNA signs announcing the garage sales in the neighborhood.
• Prepare neighborhood maps showing locations of garage sales.
• Distribute copies of the map to registered locations by Friday evening or early
Saturday morning to be given to shoppers.
Please sign up by Thursday, April 24 to be included in the map.

PILLOW SCHOOL SPRING FLING CARNIVAL MARCH 29, 2-4 pm

The Pillow School Spring Fling Carnival will be held Saturday, March 29, 2 to 4 pm, at Pillow Elementary School on the school blacktop.
There will be face painting, inflatables, fun games, shaved ice and cotton candy!
Tickets are just 25 cents each.
Proceeds go to help support Pillow PTA.

The flyer for the event can be viewed by clicking on this link: Spring Fling