The slides from NSCNA VP Sarah Brandon’s presentation at the Sept. 6 General Membership Meeting about the Association’s proposed Neighborhood Partnering Program (NPP) can now be viewed at NSCNA’s Facebook page or at this link: NPP Presentation
Please take a few moments to go through them. Sarah and her committee have done a great job putting together what I think is a very creative proposal. It includes a community garden, beautifying the bulb-outs on Rockwood, beautifying North Shoal Creek’s bridges, and possibly paying to have sidewalks added in high priority areas in North Shoal Creek.
On Wed., Sept. 21, 6:30 pm, a Special Membership Meeting will held in the cafeteria at Pillow. Its purpose is to discuss the NPP proposal and to vote on whether to proceed with filing it with the City. Since the NPP requires neighborhoods to put up matching funds and/or volunteer time, voting to proceed will mean spending NSCNA’s reserve funds. Notice of this meeting was posted on September 8.
Please read through the presentation slides, think about the issues, and come to the Sept. 21st meeting.
Hi neighbors! I have been collecting Styrofoam and taking it to a recycling center since last summer. I finally found the fabric that I was looking for to sew a couple of nets and establish a drop-off center at Pillow. So please hang on to your Styrofoam until I announce that the nets will be ready at Pillow for drop off.
If you have a lot and can’t wait a couple of weeks, here is the info on the Recycling Center in South Austin; it’s open 6 days a week:
Austin Recycle & Reuse Drop-Off Center
2514 Business Center Dr.
Austin, TX 78744
Some North Shoal Creek residents recently received an email survey related to our North Shoal Creek Neighborhood Planning Process. It is a test run for a later neighborhood-wide survey.
Here is an excerpt from the email describing this pilot survey that NSCNA received from Planning and Zoning Department staff:
“… this is an initial/pilot survey that was sent to a sample of utility account holders. With this initial survey, there is only one link per respondent in order to ensure that the results are statistically significant. This initial survey will be open for two weeks. Residents should check their spam folders to make sure the email wasn’t caught by the filters.
The City will soon be opening the same survey to all residents. Within the next week or two you will receive a post card in the mail with a link to the survey. This post card will also have a link to the North Shoal Creek plan website, and will announce the first few public meetings (we are still finishing up the details for where and when those meetings will be held). There will be additional outreach to the North Shoal Creek Neighborhood Association, posters, and social media campaigns.”
Everyone, please watch for that postcard in the mail! And if you received one of the test run surveys, please fill it out by the end of the month.
Here’s some new information on the status of the roundabout or traffic circle planned for the intersection of Rockwood Lane and Stillwood. The information is from Michael Gaudini, Policy Advisor to Council Member Leslie Pool:
“… the plan and designs for the traffic circle are done and the project is in utility review (to ensure that construction doesn’t accidentally damage water, electric, or another utility in the area).
After that, the project will go through permitting (the big element here is planning the traffic control, since construction will shut down that intersection).
Right now, Public Works is projecting that they’l have the permits this summer and their goal is to have the circle by the end of the summer. As always, these are just projections — heavy rains or other unforeseen issues could cause delays. But the project manager does know that this project has been in line for a while now and told me he is working hard to get this and other projects like it on the ground as quickly as he can.”
Thank you to Tomas Rodriguez for requesting this information.
The initial step of the North Shoal Creek Neighborhood Planning Process (NSCNPP) – a survey – is about to begin. City of Austin Planning and Zoning Dept. staff plans to send out the survey sometime this week (June 13-17).
The kickoff meeting will be in July, possibly at Pillow Elementary School.
As soon as survey/web links are available, we’ll post them on nscna.org, on our Facebook page, and on the NSCNA Yahoo group.
A summary of the results of NSCNA’s recent online survey of neighborhood residents is now available at http://www.nscna.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/NSCNA-2016-Survey-Summary-Web.pdf.
We owe a very big thank you to Media Committee member Jennifer Noinaj who set up the online survey, compiled the results, and produced the survey summary.
Sixty-two surveys were completed online, the majority by respondents who were not NSCNA members. Only six paper surveys were received, but that was our fault: we flubbed by leaving a digit off NSCNA’s PO Box number. We sincerely apologize for our mistake. We want your input, so we’re continuing to accept paper surveys. If you mailed one in and are willing to complete the survey again, please email your address to directors [at] nscna [dot] org. A director will drop off a replacement paper copy at your home, along with a correctly addressed and stamped envelope. Please complete it and mail it in again so your responses will be included in the survey results.
We apologize for the inconvenience of filling it out twice, but your input is important to us. The goal of the survey is to identify what is important to North Shoal residents. Association officers will use the results to help set association priorities for 2016 and future years.
The online survey results showed that currently the three most important issues for our residents are neighborhood development, safety and traffic. The comments sections contain many good suggestions for improving our neighborhood as well as increasing membership and participation in Association events and projects.
Thank you to everyone who participated. The online survey results are already proving to be valuable in helping guide Association officers to understand the needs of our residents. To those who participated via paper mail, we again apologize for our mistake and hope you’ll give the paper survey one more try. Please email directors [at] nscna [dot] org so we can bring you a replacement copy.
Sharon Justice, Chair,
Communications & Public Info Office from City of Austin has released the following information on Next Door North Shoal Creek under Fight the Bite, Day and Night
Mosquito season is upon us. Protect yourself from mosquitoes and the diseases they carry (e.g., Zika Virus and West Nile Virus). Mosquitoes can develop in only a teaspoon of water.
Remove the places mosquitoes breed:
• Check around your house and empty items that hold water such as flower pots, toys, tires, and birdbaths.
• Clean clogged roofs and drain flat roofs.
• Keep yards and shrubs trimmed.
• Fix outdoor pipes and leaky faucets.
And protect yourself from getting bitten:
• Keep full screens on windows or use air conditioning,
• Dress in light-colored, long-sleeved, loose fitting clothes.
• Use an EPA-approved mosquito repellent and follow directions.
City of Austin Hosts Mobility Talks Live Meeting April 23rd
The City of Austin is hosting a community meeting on Saturday, April 23, 2016, from 2-5 PM, in the Northwest Recreation Center’s gymnasium, 2913 Northland Drive. The City is seeking public input on improving Austin’s transportation network. The meeting is an open house event that will include informational displays and facilitated small group discussions.
Light refreshments will be provided; supervised children’s activities will be available.
More information can be found at this link:
Austinites are invited to weigh in on the development of an Austin Housing Plan that will establish numerical goals and strategies to help increase housing choices for all Austinites, and to share ideas to help address the shortage of housing that is affordable for low- to moderate-income residents.
Please attend the Austin Housing Plan meeting scheduled for Monday, April 25th, 6-8 PM at North Village Branch Library, 2520 Steck Ave.
“The Austin Housing Plan dialogue will center around these topics:
• How might the City ensure that the youth of today can afford to live in Austin in the future?
• Where should members of the workforce – who cook food, watch children, and care for the sick – be able to afford to live? How can the City positively influence and increase housing choice across the community for all residents?
• The cost of housing is inter-connected with community decisions around job access, parking, permitting, and housing types allowed. What actions should be taken now to impact housing availability today and in the future?”
A similar meeting was held April 6th at the NW Recreation Center. Several other meetings are scheduled for other dates and locations.
Learn more at http://www.austintexas.gov/housingplan