Browsed by
Author: Media Committee

New Housing Plan On Road To Approval; Calls For Increased Density along Corridors

New Housing Plan On Road To Approval; Calls For Increased Density along Corridors

The Austin Strategic Housing Plan is scheduled to go to the Planning Committee for a public hearing and vote on Tuesday, March 28 at 6:00 PM at City Hall. It’s scheduled to go to the Austin City Council for a public hearing and vote on Thursday, April 6.

If approved, the plan will be considered an amendment to the Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan. It will become a standard against which City staff, commissions, and the City Council will measure the suitability of new developments.

Why should you care? Primarily because one of the plan’s goals is to have at least 75% of new housing constructed within 1/2 mile of Imagine Austin Centers and Corridors. Burnet Road is one of those corridors. So, residents up and down Burnet who live within 1/2 mile of Burnet Road can expect to see their neighborhoods targeted for greater density.

You can view the plan at http://www.austintexas.gov/housingplan

If you have questions for comments, contact Jonathan Tomko of the City’s Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Department at (512) 974-1057 or jonathan.tomko [at] austintexas [dot] gov

Attention North Shoal Creek Business Owners

Attention North Shoal Creek Business Owners

As part of the City’s North Shoal Creek Planning Process, Planning Staff have posted a survey for all owners or managers of business properties in the North Shoal Creek Neighborhood. You can find the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/nsc-business

Here’s some more info on the survey:

This survey is for all business owners or managers within the North Shoal Creek Neighborhood. The City of Austin is working to create a neighborhood plan for this area. The plan will focus on community character, future land use, transportation, and public improvements. We want to better understand issues and opportunities affecting the quality of the business local business environment. As a significant stakeholder, it is important for your perspectives and issues to be reflected in the plan. Results for this survey will be aggregated  and individual results will be kept anonymous.

NORTH SHOAL CREEK RESIDENTS: Please help spread the word among our neighborhood’s business owners and managers about this survey.

Thank you.

IMPORTANT PLANNING MTG. SAT. 9-NOON PILLOW CAFETERIA; PLEASE COME!!!

IMPORTANT PLANNING MTG. SAT. 9-NOON PILLOW CAFETERIA; PLEASE COME!!!

Senior Planner Jeff Engstrom is inviting us to a VERY IMPORTANT PLANNING MEETING this Saturday at Pillow 9-noon. Please come, and please be sure to look at the draft FLUM posted at http://facebook.com/nscna

“Please join us on this Saturday, February 25th, for our fifth and final neighborhood workshop for the North Shoal Creek Neighborhood Plan. At the workshop, we’ll be discussing the latest draft Future Land Use Map as well as the overall Goals and Priorities for the plan. We’ll also collect input on sidewalk priorities, transit stop areas, and refined corridor visions. If you want to get an early start, take a look at the Draft FLUM posted on NSCNA’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/nscna

We also want to let you know there will be a separate open house on this date to explain CodeNEXT. The CodeTEXT open house will be from 1:00 to 3:00 PM at Lanier High School. Click here for more information: https://www.austintexas.gov/department/c…

Don’t worry, there will be more opportunities to review and give input on the North Shoal Creek Neighborhood Plan. Over the next several weeks, we will send out updates as each plan element is released in draft form on the plan web site at http://www.austintexas.gov/northshoalcre…. When the entire draft plan is released there will be a final survey and an open house.

We hope to see you Saturday at 9:00 AM at Pillow Elementary School!

Sincerely,
Jeff Engstrom, AICP
Senior Planner
City of Austin Planning and Zoning Department
jeffrey.engstrom [at] austintexas [dot] gov
(512) 974-1621″

We Want Your Input on the North Shoal Creek Neighborhood Plan Draft Elements

We Want Your Input on the North Shoal Creek Neighborhood Plan Draft Elements

We are approaching the final meetings for the North Shoal Creek neighborhood plan. We invite every resident, business, and property owner in the neighborhood to join us for the upcoming workshop on Saturday, February 25th from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Pillow Elementary School cafeteria. Please join us for refreshments and a conversation with your fellow residents about your neighborhood. At the meeting we will discuss the draft Future Land Use Map, draft Visions and Policies, and application of CodeNEXT. After the February workshop there will be at least one more public meeting to comment on the draft plan prior to the formal adoption process.

In addition to the upcoming meetings, please visit the North Shoal Creek Plan web page for more information about the neighborhood and the planning process. The page is your hub for everything that has been going on with the plan since we began last October.

Please plan on attending and sharing your vision for the North Shoal Creek neighborhood!

Sincerely,

Jeff Engstrom, AICP
Senior Planner
City of Austin Planning and Zoning Department
jeffrey.engstrom [at] austintexas [dot] gov
(512) 974-1621

Action Item: Register your opposition to Austin Oaks PUD

Action Item: Register your opposition to Austin Oaks PUD

The following email requests that residents of Districts 7 & 10 express their opposition to the Austin Oaks PUD. NSCNA’s membership and Board have voted to oppose the PUD, so NSCNA’s official position remains opposed to it. However, the Board recognizes the importance of ALL North Shoal Creek residents expressing their opinions whether in support or in opposition. We urge you to know what is going on in your community, be involved in your community, and express your opinions to your elected representatives.

“From Kata Carbone, Allandale
AUSTIN RESIDENTS in DISTRICTS 7 & 10
ACTION ITEM: Register your opposition to Austin Oaks PUD

The Austin Oaks PUD hearing continues at City Council on 16-Feb-2017. The PUD still fails to satisfy major concerns of 4-corner neighborhood residents: too much traffic, too many trees killed, buildings are too tall.

ONE CLICK sends your email to all city council members at once:
http://www.austintexas.gov/email/all-council-members

COPY & PASTE the following into the council message template (or rewrite as you wish):

****[Short Version]****
Subject: OPPOSE Austin Oaks PUD
Message: Please oppose the Austin Oaks PUD (case C814-2014-0120). Thank you.

****[-OR- Long Version]****
Subject: OPPOSE Austin Oaks PUD
Message: My neighborhood will be negatively impacted by this PUD. We do not accept trade-offs that diminish our quality of life merely to offset perfunctory community benefits. The Austin Oaks PUD:

* is opposed by > 80% of the surrounding residents;
* is opposed by > 40% of the property owners within 200′;
* is deficient in housing (especially affordable, family-friendly units);
* does not adequately mitigate traffic impacts;
* kills too many trees (283 heritage and protected trees);
* exceeds 5-story building heights adjacent to neighborhoods along MoPac.

Please oppose the Austin Oaks PUD (case C814-2014-0120). Thank you.”

COMMUNITY GARDEN GRANT

COMMUNITY GARDEN GRANT

Austin Parks Foundation (APF) Programs Assistant John Rooney (center) presents APF’s $10,000 grant for a North Shoal Creek Neighborhood Community Garden during the Association’s January 10th membership meeting. Receiving the grant are Community Garden team members (left to right): Katie Kelly, NSCNA VP Sarah Brandon, NSCNA President Amelia Cobb, Kenneth Webb, and Beautification Committee Chair Mary Jane Wier.

North Shoal Creek needs to match the Austin Parks Foundation grant with volunteer effort building the garden. So, volunteers are needed! To sign up as a NSC Community Garden volunteer, please email vp [at] nscna [dot] org

 

NORTH SHOAL CREEK PLAN MEETING JAN. 21st

NORTH SHOAL CREEK PLAN MEETING JAN. 21st

Join us to discuss Community Character in North Shoal Creek!

We are delighted to announce the second Community Character Workshop for the North Shoal Creek Neighborhood Plan. The planning area includes everything surrounded by US 183, Burnet Road, Anderson Lane, and Mopac. We invite every resident, business, and property owner in the neighborhood to join us for this workshop. It will be held on Saturday, January 21st, 2017, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Pillow Elementary School cafeteria.

Please join us for refreshments and a conversation with your fellow residents about your neighborhood. A limited amount of child care will be available at the meeting, please call Debora Gonzalez at 512 974-7973 to see reserve space in advance. In addition to the upcoming meetings, please visit the North Shoal Creek Plan web page at http://austintexas.gov/northshoalcreek for more information about the neighborhood and the planning process.

Presentations and results from previous meetings can be found here: http://austintexas.gov/page/north-shoal-creek-meeting-and-survey-results.  Please take a look through what you have told us is important in making North Shoal Creek a more complete, more connected community. If you were unable to attend the meetings and have comments, please send them to me at the email address below. We look forward to partnering with you on the plan for North Shoal Creek.

Sincerely,

Jeff Engstrom, AICP
Senior Planner
City of Austin Planning and Zoning Department
jeffrey.engstrom [at] austintexas [dot] gov
(512) 974-1621

NSCNA OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS FOR 2017

NSCNA OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS FOR 2017

Left to right: Connor Finnigan, Tara Bowman, Jeri Wines, Amelia Cobb, Sarah Brandon, Mike Yetter, Barbara Gaston, Lois McEvoy, Sharon Justice, Kevin Wier, Kenneth Webb

The following slate of officers were elected during the Association’s January 10th Membership Meeting:
President: Amelia Cobb
Vice President: Sarah Brandon
Treasurer: Lois McEvoy
Secretary: Barbara Gaston
Directors:
Tara Lane Bowman
Connor Finnigan
Sharon Justice
Kenneth Webb
Kevin Wier
Jeri Wines
Mike Yetter

Take the North Shoal Creek Community Character Survey!

Take the North Shoal Creek Community Character Survey!

Here’s the link:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/northshoalcreekVPS

The survey is an important part of North Shoal Creek’s planning process. You’ll be shown around 30 photos of various kinds of buildings, and you decide if they’re appropriate for our neighborhood and, if so, which parts of the neighborhood they’d fit in. It’ll take about 15 minutes.

Survey closes January 8, 2017.